Today, Square Enix unveiled Dragon Quest XI: In Search of the Departed Time, the next entry into the Dragon Quest series that’s set to land on PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and as a surprise to everyone, Nintendo NX, meaning that NX has more third party support than the Wii U… Blimey.
The game’s producer is Saito Yosuke and will be developed by two different teams for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS. The former is being developed with Unreal Engine 4 with Square Enix working to use the PS4 at its full capacity.
As for the Nintendo 3DS version, it’s being made by the same core members, but will look completely different. It will however follow the exact same story as the PlayStation 4 version. Similar to how Ni no Kuni was handled for 3DS and PS3.
As for the Nintendo NX version, unfortunately details weren’t revealed as to the developers, what engine it’ll be running, and its release, all we had was an end slate saying that it’d be coming to Nintendo NX.
Interestingly enough though, if all three versions are aiming for the Q1 2016 release, and Dragon Quest XI becomes a launch title for NX, it’d match up with rumours that state Nintendo NX may get an early 2016 release. Though this is just speculation.
Many are of course excited for Dragon Quest XI as it’s the first traditional numbered console entry since Dragon Quest VIII on the PlayStation 2, Dragon Quest IX launched for the DS, and Dragon Quest X was an MMO for Nintendo 3DS, Wii, and Wii U.
In a statement to Eurogamer, Square Enix said this about an European release of Dragon Quest XI:
We don’t have a concrete plan at the moment. However, we will consider it as we’ve done in the past for other Dragon Quest titles. We don’t have further information to share at the moment.