Dragon Quest XI Gets Release Date And Combo-Pack In Japan
Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time has been a long time coming. The last proper Dragon Quest game we got was IX, as X was an MMO and we never got it in the West anyway. IX wasn't bad per se, but it was a far cry from the great entries that make up the prestigious series. We've still got a bit of waiting to do for XI, but if the Japanese release is anything to go by, then it could be sooner rather than later.
Square Enix have finally announced a release date for Dragon Quest XI, which will be arriving on PS4 and 3DS on July 29. As you may already know, the game is coming to the Nintendo Switch as well, but currently they're not sure if it will make the same release date as these two versions. Some would likely be inclined to wait, but Square has seen through this and squashed that idea from the get-go by also announcing a fancy combo-pack collector's edition. This comes with both the PS4 and 3DS versions of the game in one big box, stamped with the Erdrick/Loto Sword that's remained famous through the series since its early days. You can check out a new trailer showing off both versions of the game above.
Also revealed was the estimated playtime for the game, which is about 50 hours for the story, with 100 hours of content if you choose to do everything available to you. Another interesting reveal is the return of the Spell of Restoration, which was the name of the password system used in the original releases of Dragon Quest I and II, prior to game saves being a readily available feature. Details seem to be a tad short on its new iteration, but it seems like it'll allow you to carry your basic progress from one version of the game to the other.
Still no word on when we'll see an English release of Dragon Quest XI, but with the localization of Dragon Quest Heroes II coming this month and the 3DS version of DQVIII out now, it would be surprising if they passed on bringing over something this big for long.
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