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Dragon Quest XI could have taken an open-world approach. In an interview with DenfaminicoGamer, series creator Yuji Horii said that the idea was considered towards the start of development.

Dragon Quest XI has a little bit of open-world gameplay, but is still based on the franchise’s linear approach. Horii said that some players might have a difficult time understanding what to do next in an open-world, and creating a big story would be difficult.

Here’s the full exchange between Horii and DenfaminicoGamer, as translated by Siliconera:

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.

This week’s issue of Famitsu has a report on the best-selling games in Japan for July. Among the information shared was debut digital sales for two key titles: Splatoon 2 and Dragon Quest XI.

For Splatoon 2, Famitsu reports that the game sold 60,205 copies digitally. Dragon Quest XI sold 62,939 units on 3DS.

We’ll have a full report on the best-selling games in Japan during the month of July later this week.


Towards the start of the month, Square Enix delivered its latest financial results. Included with the report was a regular call with investors and analysts.

One person asked if Square Enix will reach its sales target for Dragon Quest XI. Regarding that, the company said:

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.


At the Dragon Quest Festival 2017 in Tokyo, Square Enix offered new insight into the game’s creation. The company published images which show how Akira Toriyama was asked to come up with the various designs.

Siliconera translated the various notes, which we’ve included below. Note that spoilers were removed from the description.

Dragon Quest XI has already surpassed another major milestone in Japan. At Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2017, Square Enix announced that combined total shipments and digital sales have surpassed three million units. The game only just released last week.

Media Create has already reported that Dragon Quest XI sold 1.1 million copies on 3DS in its first two days. Another 950,000 units were sold on PlayStation 4.


We’re in a strange place with Dragon Quest XI on Switch right now. Last week, the long-awaited RPG launched in Japan on 3DS and PlayStation 4. Despite that, we still have yet to see a single image from the Switch version. Square Enix has also chosen not to provide any information thus far.

Dragon Quest XI was actually “announced” for Switch way back in 2015 during the NX days. However, Square Enix then said it was only “considering” bringing the game over to Nintendo’s new platform. Square Enix then clarified that it was officially happening last year. We also received another confirmation when Switch was initially unveiled . Finally, this past May, series creator Yuji Horii noted that they’ll say something when they are able to. 

GameXplain has uploaded a video from their stream showcasing 2 hours of gameplay for the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI. Check out the video down below.

Famitsu has reported that Dragon Quest has sold a total of 2,080,806 copies in Japan within the first two days of the game’s release. The 3DS version of the game sold 1,130,468 copies, while the PlayStation 4 version sold 950,338 copies.
The copies sold also include the sales from the Dragon Quest XI Double Pack Hero’s Sword Box, New Nintendo 2DS XL Dragon Quest Liquid Metal Slime Edition, and PlayStation 4 Dragon Quest Loto Edition.

Dragon Quest XI is out now in Japan but will also be releasing next year in the west under the name “Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age”.


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