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Dragon Quest XI for Switch seemingly built with Unreal Engine 4, likely based on the PS4 version

Posted on October 8, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Ever since Dragon Quest XI was confirmed for Switch – which was quite a long time ago at this point – we’ve been wondering what sort of game it would be. Many had assumed that it would be based on the PlayStation 4 version, but Square Enix never actually came out with any sort of official word on that front. In fact, we’ve heard almost nothing about the Switch release.

The Unreal Fest East 2017 taking place in Japan today finally offers some notable information. Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii was in attendance, and strongly suggested that the Switch version will be based on the PlayStation 4 edition.

Horii basically said that Dragon Quest XI for Switch is developed with Unreal Engine. He questioned if it was okay to say this, with producer Yosuke Saito joking that maybe it’s a 2D version made with the tech in order to blur the clarity of what Horii said (which probably shouldn’t have been mentioned). But then programmer Mitsuru Kamiyama noted that it’s likely the PlayStation 4 version.

Unreal Engine 4 supports Switch from version 4.15, but Dragon Quest XI was developed under 4.13. Square Enix still seems to be working on the porting process.

This isn’t something that Square Enix said, but version 4.15 appears to have a number of benefits over 4.13 such as improved load times, the ability to process objects more efficiently, etc. The engine itself is optimized, so there is a chance that the gap in between hardware capability of the PlayStation 4 and Switch might be slightly less due to the engine’s improvement.

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  • awng782

    Did people really beleive DQXI Switch would be based on the 3DS version??

    • KnightWonder


    • DrWilly

      You never know when Square Enix is involved. For all we know Sony could have made some agreements with them so the PS4 version would be exclusive to Sony while Switch owners would be stuck with an uprezzed 3DS game.

    • Busterblade

      *Looks at Monster Hunter XX*

      • awng782

        If MHXX was also on PS4, I’m sure the Switch would be getting that version…

        • Busterblade

          That would mean trusting Capcom, and I’d rather give my money to those who show proper support instead.

          • awng782

            That doesn’t change anything I said. If MHXX was also on PS4, I’m sure the Switch would be getting that version.

          • Busterblade

            Fair enough, my point was merely to show that a 3DS version of a game was made to put on the Switch, and hence the thought that it could have happened here as well, especially with the skimping going on on ports for the Switch, is far from strange and unrealistic.

      • That’s an upscaled port of the 3DS game for crossplay though. DQ/Enix teams aren’t so cheap or inefficient. (Nothing on MonHun team either, as they were just delivering what they had to.)

        • Busterblade

          I’m well aware, just pointing out that XX is what it is, and that came to Switch 😛 I doubt Square would use the 3DS version like that, but that doesn’t mean it’s outlandish to entertain the thought.

      • Simtopia23

        Thank god Square Enix isn’t Crapcom.

    • theFooFighter

      I feel like the question was whether or not it was a port of the PS4 version or a 3rd unique version

    • jimmy

      In a way hoping just for the 2d DQ, lol

    • Gregory Weagle

      I thought they would just combine both versions somehow. But that was just me.

      • R.Z.

        You mean like a third actual version, requiring lots of work ?
        I Wouldn’t bet on that, even though it would be really neat.

    • Pretty sure some people wanted that so they could praise the PS4 version even more.

    • Pepperkeet

      Only at gamefaqs and neogaf
      so you know they’re smart.

      • Bảo Anh Hoàng


  • wombat

    … Duh?

  • Lumine

    I’m eagerly looking forward to this game.

  • hi v3.0

    I mean pretty much everyone thought that it will be a slightly downgraded PS4 version.

  • Jacob Groves


    I don’t care about this game since they don’t release it for Switch on same day as PS4 so I not support it.

    Cannot wait for Super Mario Odyssey sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!! 😀

    • theFooFighter

      You do realize that the switch came out halfway through current gen which means it came out halfway through a lot of development cycles. No one has the manpower to do a switch port of anything when deadlines are working against them. Late ports can be annoying but if a game started development in 2015 but switch dev kits didn’t go out until late last year there’s not much they can do.

      • GoldenTriforce

        It does seem, with them announcing the game in 2015 for NX, that Square Enix got early access to dev kits BUT the game clearly began development before then, and as you said, they would likely have had to delay the entire development if they wanted all 3 systems to release day one, as the deadlines were set before they knew about NX.

      • ben

        Porting does not take anywhere near the time that development takes.
        Truth is, like a lot of Japanese games, sony money hatted timed exclusivity.

        • theFooFighter

          Depends on the game, indie games don’t take a long time but in reality we don’t know how long it would take to bring over a big, demanding PS4 game

          • ben

            I would counter this with indies don’t have the man power that Square Enix has.

    • Reggie

      “I don’t care about this game since they don’t release it on same day.”
      Self-entitled much?

    • GoldenTriforce

      “How dare you optimize your game for Switch, now I will not enjoy what is likely one of the best RPGs of the year, thank you very much!”

      Plus, considering how much demand for Switch there is compared to PS4, I honestly don’t think PS4 will hurt Switch sales that much, DQ XI has sold great for a PS4 game, but thats not really saying much and the PS4 still isn’t selling great, so I can see the Switch version still doing well. (This is all referring to JAPANESE sales by the way, obviously PS4 is outselling Switch in the West)

  • Aline Piroutek

    We all do know why PS4 version of this game sold.
    No competition with a Switch version at launch. Dirty play from Sony.

    • Jaxon Holden

      Uh, for one, Switch version isn’t out yet because the system is so new. And for two, the 3DS version still sold just as many as PS4, I’d say that’s competition wouldn’t you?

      • Aline Piroutek

        Actually, the staff have known about the Nintendo Switch for a long time, almost a year since it’s reveal. It also was one of the first NX(haha NX)games that the creator “considered” launching on the plataform without any details of it.

      • Aline Piroutek

        3DS don’t compete with PS4. If competed, the sales on the PS4 version would be low.
        Imagine Kingdom Hearts III comes to Switch exactly like the other plataforms. Why would you buy a PS4 for this game to play only on TV when you can buy a Switch to play anywhere for the same price and same experience?
        This is what is going to happen if Sony doesn’t make a move(they know the Switch steal sales from PS4).

        • ben

          Sony cant do anything now but money hat. Their product is second best if that in Japanese consumers eyes. No one wants to have to have a dedicated tv to gaming in Japan.

      • R.Z.

        (the 3DS version even sold considerably more)

      • 3DS version is over 400 K above the PS4 and increasing the gap.

    • Icebergg

      What did Sony have to do with it??

      • Aline Piroutek

        It made a move to promove DQXI PS4 by killing the other equivalent version.
        And yes, probably the version is already done, just waiting for 1 year to go on sale.
        And no, no concrete proof, everything is a secret no not mess a company’s name.

        • why does it matter?
          The Switch got all of the Dragon Quest games PS4 got in 1 year versus 4 years.
          Both Dragon Quest Heroes, Builders and X-XI.

          So in reality. Sony is at lost.

  • Drybonekoopa85

    So excited for Dragon Quest 11!!! I can’t wait for Dragon Quest Builders 1 and 2 for the Switch as well. If we only could get a localized version DQ Warriors.

  • Of course it’s based on the PS4 version anyone thinking otherwise needs to have their brain examined. The Switch is twice as powerful as the Wii U and it has a more modern toolset than than the PS4 so of course it can run any game that uses UE4 even that version may be a bit more downgraded

    • Bảo Anh Hoàng

      I repeat: 3 times, not 2. 393 gflops docked with 1 gflops tegra 30% faster than 1 gflops ARM, wii u is a lot older and only 180 gflops, not compatible with many modern engine like switch

  • Justmadeanaccount2

    I was hoping Switch would get it’s own unique version. There are already 3 different versions, might as well make a 4th.

    • GoldenTriforce

      There are only two versions, PS4 and Switch.
      An optimized version of the PS4 version will look a lot more impressive than a custom version in this case, and people in Japan probably want to play the PS4 version portably, which they couldn’t easily do before.

      • Indielink

        I think he means PS4, 3DS, and then 3DS with sprites.

      • Justmadeanaccount2

        Nope. It’s also on 3DS, and there are two different versions of the game running on it. (Top screen has a 3D chibi art style and bottom screen has a style closer to the old SNES games.) Combined with the PS4 version, that’s 3 different versions of this game. You can’t say an optimized clone of the PS4 version would look “more impressive” when you don’t even know what style they would use for a custom version.

        • GoldenTriforce

          The two 3DS modes are the same build of the game. The 3DS running the same application, making it one version.

          Also I guess “come off” is a better term to use than look, I don’t mean it would or wouldn’t be any visually impressive, but I mean that, to a lot of consumers, its a lot more appealing for the Switch, from a hardware level, to run a PS4 game well over a custom game better, as that would make the Switch’s power seem poor, which while it is weaker, it isn’t that much weaker. Also they would likely still go for a similar cell-shaded like art style, and honestly, if there is a graphical difference between the Switch version and PS4 version, it isn’t going to be as noticeable as with a game like Doom, because the art style is simpler (and in my opinion better but that is besides the point) than a realistic art style.

          • Justmadeanaccount2

            It’s two versions. Anyone with eyes can see that. Don’t contradict me over stupid s**t d1ckhead. Not even reading the rest. Blocked.

          • GoldenTriforce

            I’m sorry. I didn’t know that you were so concerned over that part, if I did I wouldn’t have said anything. I was more arguing that I think the PS4 version would be better on the Switch. Nothing to call me a d**ckhead over lol.

    • Bảo Anh Hoàng

      Nope, too much work and too much time as well as money, a late port ver can’t sold like PS4/3ds ver

  • R.Z.

    Not a surprise at all.
    The 3DS version is still the one I really want to play because of the “visit other worlds” feature, even though it is less impressive, even though it is on 3DS without a 3D effect.
    But the Switch version is probably the one I will actually end up playing to the end.