Dragon Quest XI Coming West Next Year

Illustration for article titled iDragon Quest XI /iComing West Next Year

Dragon Quest XI comes out today in Japan, and to celebrate, creator Yuji Horii announced plans to bring it to English as Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age. There’s no word on which platforms it’ll hit, but publisher Square Enix says it’ll be out in 2018.

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“The game is currently being localized into five languages, including English,” Horii said. “There’s quite a lot of text, so it’s an exorbitant amount of work. But we’re doing our best and working hard to get this game to all of you as soon as possible.”

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This is the eleventh mainline entry in Square’s seminal role-playing game series, which is one of Japan’s most popular franchises but has never quite caught fire in the west. The last game in the series, Dragon Quest X, never made it to North America or Europe, in large part because it was a massively multiplayer online game. In recent years, Square Enix has found success in the U.S. with spinoffs like Dragon Quest Heroes and Dragon Quest Builders (one of last year’s surprise best games).

Dragon Quest XI is on both PS4 and 3DS in Japan, with a Switch release to follow. Previous Dragon Quest 3DS games have been published by Nintendo in the United States and Europe.

“More details about the Western version will be revealed in Fall 2017,” Square Enix says.

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michaelkelehan
Michael Kelehan

My guess is they’re going to reveal more details in the fall because that’s when they’re going to start talking about the Switch version. It’ll be in that announcement.

I also think it’s possible that Nintendo will be doing the publishing, so the Switch version is the ONLY version we’ll get.