Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Everything we know

Dragon Quest XI has just launched in Japan, and it’s already resulting in fans queuing up around the block for the latest entry in this JRPG phenomenon. However, we won’t be playing it until 2018, with Square Enix announcing it’s finally being localised and coming to PS4!

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age including all the latest news, release date, gameplay, trailers and more.

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What is Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age?

Acting as the 11th core entry in the series, Echoes of an Elusive Age launched simultaneously on 3DS and PS4 in Japan earlier this year. A port is also in development for Nintendo Switch, although Square Enix is yet to unveil when this will be coming out in any territory.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age release date When is it coming out?

Having already released in Japan, Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest XI will receive an international release in 2018. The PS4 version has been confirmed, although a 3DS-specific announcement is yet to be made. News was supposed to come before the end of 2017, but the new year has come and we’ve heard nothing further. 

A cel-shaded open-world JRPG with the support of PS4 Pro sounds lovely, though.  The Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest XI will also be developed using Unreal Engine 4, a first for the hybrid console. 

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age story – What’s it about?

You play as a 16-year-old protagonist having grown up in a humble, quiet town. All is fine until you participate in the village’s coming of age ceremony, which reveals that you’re the reincarnation of a legendary hero.

Upon this discovery you’re given an important mission, which inevitably involves slaying monsters and saving the world. Taking place across the sprawling world of Lotozetasia, you’ll encounter a cast of charming characters on your adventure including a thief, child prodigy and even a strange entertainer.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age gameplay How does it play?

Dragon Quest XI plays differently depending on the platform on which you experience it. The 3DS version has two modes that can be toggled between as you play. First is a more traditional Dragon Quest experience presented in 2D, if you fancy something old school. The second is a more modern interpretation, presenting 3D models across wide, open environments.

On PS4, you’ll be subject to an experience that’s very close to that of Dragon Quest 10, with high-definition visuals to match. It will be far more fluid and responsive, thanks to more powerful hardware that lacks restrictions you’d expect from a handheld.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age trailers – How does it look?

With the western release having just been announced, we’ve yet to see any translated gameplay for Dragon Quest 11. You can find the announcement video below alongside the official opening cinematic.

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Although localisation has only just begun, we can’t wait for the game to make it to the West!