Square Enix has been giving us a lot of new information on the upcoming PS4 and 3DS game, Dragon Quest XI.
Dragon Quest XI is set for release on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS systems in Japan in 2017. While it is still unclear whether or not the game will be released in North America and Europe, development is currently showing good progress. The full Japanese title of the game is Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki wo Motomete, which can roughly be translated to Dragon Quest XI: Pursuing the Times Passed.
The Jump Festa information
Jump Festa took place at Tokyo Big Sight on December 19 and 20, 2016. During Square Enix’s panel, they showed off some exciting videos that show the widely expected Dragon Quest XI.
The first video features the opening cinematic for the game:
The second video shown at the event gave better insight into the differences between the looks of the game on different consoles. As stated above, the game is set for release on PS4 and 3DS, and both of these versions will give players a different gaming experience. The PS4 version is sticking to the modern look of the later Dragon Quest titles such as Dragon Quest VIII and Dragon Quest X, while the 3DS version will be more loyal to the roots of the game graphics-wise. In the 3DS version, you can enjoy both the sprite design on one screen and the design of the recent remakes, such as VI or VII for the same system, on the other.
The last video shows a cutscene which will play when meeting カミュ (directly translated to “Kamyu”, as the official English name is unknown), a comrade that will join the main character on his adventures in the world of ロトゼタシア (“Lotozetasia”, as again the official English name is unknown), for the first time.
Recently released information
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Square Enix has also recently released some new information and screenshots that show us some detail on the characters and the lore of the world of Lotozetasia.
The picture above shows the world map and if you look closely you can see a big tree in the center of the map. That is the “Tree of Life” which has a big role in Lotozetasia.
The Village of Ishi, the village from where the main hero starts his long journey. It’s residents, who worship the Spirit of the Land, live peacefully in it. There aren’t many shops and facilities, but it thrives in agriculture and seeing a horse is not a rare sight. The village’s tradition is for anybody who comes of age, 16 has to climb up the rocky mountain for which it is believed that the Spirit of the Land resides in. They also provided some backgroud on the characters.
The Hero of the story is a young boy who has just turned of age (16). The story starts with his coming-of-age ceremony, in the Village of Ishi, where he was brought up, where he finds out the truth about himself. He is a reincarnation of a hero that once saved the world in the past.
While not confirmed, many people speculate that this hero they are talking about is the main protagonist of the first Dragon Quest.
The Hero also has a birthmark on his right hand, which lights up when danger is approaching.
Another character that was introduced recently is the Hero’s childhood friend, Emma, who was born on the same day as him. The screen shot shows a moment before the two them attend the coming-of-age ceremony.
Translation of the dialog box below: “To have my scarf blown away before the important ceremony. I am such a clutz.”
We also saw more details on the character “Kamyu”, which was introduced during the Jump Festa presentation.
Kamyu is a bandit who can be rough with words and rude sometimes, but has a loyal heart and is true to himself. He supports the main character as he goes on his journey, as a comrade which has experience with long travels.
Quote from him: “I believe. In the miracle of the hero.”
Translation of the screenshot below: “We can’t be carefree, but we shall we go and say our thanks to the Sister that saved us.”
I’m sure there are a lot of gamers in North America and Europe who would like to see the release of the 11th installment of the Dragon Quest series in the West. So, fingers crossed that it does happen! For now, we can only hope.