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Dragon Quest XI arrives on PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe

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It has been a long wait for another proper entry in the beloved RPG series, but now the wait has ended.

Square Enix announced today that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has arrived on PlayStation 4 and PC. The game is available in stores in the usual countries around the world, and on PlayStation Network and Steam.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is the first mainline title in the franchise to arrive in North America since Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies reached the DS in July of 2010. It is the first console entry in the series to head west since Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King hit PlayStation 2 in November of 2005.

In Dragon Quest XI, players meet up with a "hunted hero" and follow him as he travels the world with a group of companions and determine the mystery of his fate. I haven't played the game, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the fate of the world hangs in the balance. That's how these things go.

The game features a strategic combat system, a beautiful world full of bright visuals, charming characters and an enchanting story. I borrowed a lot of those adjectives from the press release I happen to have handy, just so you know, but they really do seem to fit and the game is already a hit with critics who got their hands on a copy ahead of release. We didn't manage to do so, because Square Enix hates us.

The press release also mentions several upgrades and enhancements that were not in the Japanese version, which debuted in July of last year. Those features include:
  • English Voiceover

  • Draconian Quest, a hard mode that offers additional challenges for more experienced players.

  • Overhauled Menus & UI, with graphical enhancements and more intuitive navigation.

  • Camera Mode, allowing players to take in views of the beautiful landscape, character renders and ferocious monsters in detail.

  • A New Dash Function and many other system enhancements, such as improved character and camera movement
We'll have a review for the game sometime in the months ahead, once our critic has had time to play through what promises to be a lengthy quest. And we'll hopefully have news about the Nintendo Switch version, still in development, just as soon as Square Enix sees fit to share it. In the meantime, try not to get the familiar Dragon Quest theme song stuck in your head. I was whistling it just this morning.

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Staff article by Jason Venter (September 04, 2018)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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