Dragon Quest XI Gets New Story Details And Screenshots
The next big adventure from Square Enix has some new stuff to check out.
Over the years I've had a deep fondness for the Dragon Quest series. Having first played the Game Boy Color rereleases of the original Loto/Erdrick Trilogy all those years ago, I've followed the prestigious series pretty closely as I've grown up. The series has always had its ups and downs, as anything that lasts this long will. Titles like Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King are worth going down in video game history, while titles like Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies have their highs, but overall just don't scratch the same itch for folks like myself.
The exciting new entry that's currently in development looks like it has all the makings of a new hit. Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time — it just wouldn't be a modern Dragon Quest game without a ridiculous subtitle, would it — is more than just the first proper Dragon Quest title in 7 years though, it's a game that is trying something a bit crazy and bold for its development. DQXI is actually releasing in two different versions, one for 3DS and one for PS4/Switch, as the same story but with an experience tailor-made for each device. Now we also know a bit more about the story as well, thanks to an update to the official Japanese site, as translated by Gematsu.
The protagonist of DQXI is the reincarnation of a legendary hero, and after his coming-of-age ceremony in his small village at the age of 16, he's sent off to meet the King and embark on a journey to learn all about the hero of the past. Upon arriving at the kingdom of Delcadar and meeting the king, things don't quite go as expected. The king accuses the hero of being a "demon child" and he's apprehended by the guards. That's all we know so far, but it's certainly an intriguing start. Two of the characters from the last trailer also had a bit of light shed on them — a young mage prodigy named Veronica and a beautiful harp player named Senya.
There's still no set date beyond "2017" for Dragon Quest XI's release, but hopefully we'll learn more soon.