Dragon Quest XI S Comes To Japan In 2019

Square Enix showed off Dragon Quest XI S for the first time at Jump Festa 2019. This enhanced Switch port looks very close to the PS4 version. They’ve only showed off a short trailer so far, but we expect a lot more information and footage to release over the next few months.

When the original game launched in Japan for the PS4 about a year and a half ago, it didn’t feature any voices whatsoever. The Switch version is adding that feature and in fact over 200 characters will be voiced! This is similar to how the U.S. version for the PS4 was treated, and it’s great to see Japanese audiences will finally get that feature, albeit on the Switch. Although we wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see some version with the voices eventually make its way to the PS4, although that’s just speculation on our part.



Another thing being tweaked is the marriage system. In the original version of the game the options are limited, but they’re being expanded so that your character can marry or live with more people (including another guy). More inclusion is always a great thing!

There are surely more enhancements and changes coming to the Switch version, but Square Enix isn’t quite ready to spill the beans. Interestingly enough they have mentioned that fans should prepare for a surprise about the game on January 1, 2019. We’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for us!

Of course no information was given on a U.S. version of this game. Typically Nintendo handles the publishing duties for Dragon Quest games in the U.S. on its systems, but we’ll just have to hang tight to see if and when this one could make it across the Pacific. Hopefully we won’t have to wait an entire year plus after the Japanese release to see it appear on store shelves in the west…



[Sources: Dragon Quest XI S Home Page & Gematsu]


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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