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Square Enix working on “technical adjustments” for Dragon Quest XI on Switch

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

Just this past weekend we discussed the strange situation surrounding Dragon Quest XI on Switch. Even though the release on Nintendo’s new console was announced ages ago, Square Enix has yet to show or say anything about this version.

Executive producer Yu Miyake finally broke the silence in an interview with Toyo Keizai. According to Miyake, he explained that it takes time to work on “technical adjustments,” so Square Enix is still in a state in which it can’t speak about a launch date. However, the Switch version is being developed with the intent to release it.

Dragon Quest XI has already shipped on 3DS and PlayStation 4. A western release is planned for 2018, though Square Enix has been keeping quiet on which platforms it will be localizing.


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  • Gregory Weagle

    You don’t say Square Enix? I wonder what those “techincial adjustments” might be? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge!

    • amak11

      It’s obvious

  • GoldenTriforce

    Okay thank you. If you have a good reason for your delay, just say why like this and I won’t be angry.

  • Justmadeanaccount2

    I will be getting the 3DS version until the Switch version is available. Hopefully they don’t mess it up like Dragon Quest Heroes, or I’ll have to get it on Playstation. -_-

    • glauca

      Dragon Quest Heroes was made by Koei Techmo and Omega Force. They’re not the best at porting titles to different systems. Look at some of the Dynasty Warriors titles on the PC. I fully expect Armor Project to do a great job optimizing Unreal to run Dragon Quest XI properly on the Switch. Graphical, texture, and resolution downgrades should obviously be expected.

  • Fore

    I cannot say this enough, but thank you SE and Yu Miyake for breaking the silence. One can understand reasoning when explained like this, compared to “adult circumstances” and silence.

    • Tlink7

      Well we learned nothing new, but I suppose for people like you it is nice to have some reassurance 😛

      • Fore

        People like you? You mean the type who doesn’t take everything for granted and at face value?

        • Tlink7

          Like I just assume something comes when devs say it is on its way

  • glauca

    Obviously, Dragon Quest XI will be optimized for the Switch. It’s ridiculous seeing how people think games running on Unreal is easily portable with a click of a button. Hopefully, they take their time in getting it to run well on the Switch. I’m hoping for 900p 30fps when docked and 720p 30fps (clearly) when undocked. We should expect graphical, texture, and resolution downgrades for when the game arrives. I’m just glad that we’ll be getting another portable version of the title.

    • amak11

      Square are the masters when it comes to taking hardware and making it sing. Hell, look at the PC ports of a lot of their games. Low end gaming machines can still play a lot of it at 60fps

      • Oh sing cries of pain gotcha.

      • donut

        you’re joking right?

        • FF9 looks fantastic on PC, and it’s a Playstation title. (It was good looking back then, but still.)

          Then again, I don’t know if they ported/remastered it themselves or not.

          But I do think SE’s teams can bring out the best in hardware when they try. Asano and co did a good job with the DS and 3DS games.

    • donut

      lol people would rather blame it on sony because they’d prefer to believe that sony paid them and not that the switch isn’t nearly as powerful as the ps4

      • zelgadis greywords

        all people know that the switch is less powerfull than the ps4, nobody denies that, but at the moment all we can do is speculate and wait for images or anything else. And by the way, almost all people i read here is asuming that the game will be the ps4 version downgraded but, what happens if the game uses the 3DS grafic style and upgrade it to HD resolutions?

      • Justin Rowan

        I expect somewhat of a downgrade. Worth it for portability!

    • TheCubicGamer

      I’m expecting 720p30fps docked. The PS4 is running it at 900p30fps so I doubt they’ll get Switch version running at that resolution. I could see lighting being dumbed down a bit too. I do expect that it will be a quality port though with it being a huge game and coming from Square.

  • Francesco Gentile

    At least this sounds like the first real confirmation that the game is in the works. I don’t care when, if we will get this in the west, i’m happy

  • Bart

    “However, the Switch version is being developed with the intent to release it.”

    Yes, that does seem a wiser business strategy than developing it with the intent not to release it…


    • Tlink7

      Was gonna post the exact same thing xD what a pointless statement that was

    • Melatelo

      Was just about to post that. That whole sentence is incredibly odd. Not sure where he was going with that.

      • Bart

        I guess maybe something got lost in translation?

  • Aim for worldwide release of the Switch version~.

  • Reggie

    Sounds like it’s going to be based on the PS4 version, just optimized.

  • Vigilante_blade

    How’s that Sony money?

  • TalesOfBS

    In other words, getting that massive downgrade ready so it can at least be playable.

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Genre: RPG
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix / Toylogic
Release date: July 29, 2017 (3DS / JP), TBA (Switch)
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