The debate on whether it would be Sony or Nintendo benefiting from the boost that Dragon Quest XI: In Search of the Departed Time will undoubtedly bring to its console, in Japan at least, has finally come to a close. The smoke has settled and the winner is… everyone! Square Enix dropped the big bomb at during its Dragon Quest presentation in Japan today announcing that it would be coming to three platforms! Well, two definites and one “under consideration.”
First, it seemed like Sony proved to be the victor when Square Enix announced that the game would be coming to the PlayStation 4. By far, this is the most beautiful game we saw during the presentation, and it could be the best looking game in the franchise’s history. Our hero is the most regal the series has ever seen, his garb sticking to the pink theme determined by the title logo. The gameplay demo shows him running through multi-leveled cities and a lush green area.
Weirdest factoid of all? Square Enix is using Unreal Engine 4 to power it! I mean, wha?
My eyes are drooling, my mouth is tearing, and my body has no idea how to react. I must have this game, and thanks to the PlayStation 4 being region free, we don’t have to worry about being locked out if Square Enix never gets around to bringing it out in English. My Japanese will be sufficient enough to enjoy this if that happens.
Square Enix is working with development studio Orca on this title.
The news didn’t end there. As soon as the presentation for the PlayStation 4 ended, Square Enix announced that the game would also be coming out for the Nintendo 3DS! Same story, same characters, just a different way to enjoy the title. Visually, it blends the chibi models used in Dragon Quest IX on the upper screen and the sprite based Nintendo DS remakes on the bottom screen, showing two different styles of action at one! Nice touch!
Again, no telling if we get this version in English. It might be a while before Square Enix tells us it is “thinking about it.” Square Enix is working with Toylogic on this game.
And to close it all out, Square Enix stated that it is considering plans to develop Dragon Quest XI for Nintendo’s next console, the NX, leaving the Wii U behind in the dust. This actually makes Dragon Quest XI the first game we have mentioned for the console as well! Someone get the party poppers! Judging by how secretive Nintendo has been about its project, I’m surprised that Square Enix was allowed to make such a statement.
A press release from after the conference stated that the NX version is only “under consideration,” words that the English speaking Dragon Quest fans are only all too familiar with from Square Enix. Not enough for a confirmation, too much to outright deny it. Don’t expect official word on it until Nintendo shows the NX off.
Akira Toriyama provided the main design for the hero, and composer Koichi Sugiyama also gave a brief speech saying that he would work on the title as long as he was alive, taking a jab at his age of 84 years old.
Dragon Quest XI: In Search of the Departed Time will be released for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and, potentially, the NX. No release date has been set, but more information will be made available in next week’s issue of Jump! magazine. Glitter my wings and call me a Celestian, my head is in the clouds right now.