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Dragon Quest XI

Square Enix has released some new details and screenshots about Dragon Quest XI. We will only talk about the 3DS version here today, though naturally some of it will apply to the Switch version as well. The following info has been translated by Gematsu.

The protagonist

A young man from the village of Ishi. On the day of his 16th birthday, he learns that he is the reincarnation of the “hero” that once saved the world. He carries of the burden of a major mission as well, and leaves his hometown in order to confront his fate.

The protagonist has a birthmark on his left hand. In times of crisis, this mark glows and a mysterious power awakens inside him.


A childhood friend of the protagonist who was born on the same day. They both underwent their coming-of-age ceremony together on the day of their 16th birthday.


“I believe in it – the miracle of the hero.”

A blue-haired thief who the protagonist meets on his journey. Although somewhat rude, he has a strong sense of duty and a warm heart. He’s reliable and experienced in the ways of the world and supports the protagonist on his journey.

Head past the break for some more details and screenshots:

Dragon Quest XI may have been shown off at Jump Festa last week, but Square Enix isn’t done sharing news about the game. The latest issue of V Jump offers up even more with additional images and details.

First, here are the new details:

– The protagonist has a strangely shaped birthmark on his left hand; something happens when it glows
– Emma is a close friend of the protagonist who says she’ll undergo the ritual to climb “God’s Rock” with him
– V Jump asks, “What is it that they see there?”
– The Great Tree of Life floats in the center of the world
– It is said the hero can commune with the soul of the Great Tree
– The protagonist’s home village of Ishi is a small and quiet village located in the valley
– In battle, the 3DS version shows both the party and monsters in 3D mode, and just the monsters in 2D mode

And now for the scans:


Dragon Quest XI was first suggested for Switch when the game was originally announced last year. Square Enix then seemed to reconfirm it in an issue of Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream.

Dragon Quest XI finally resurfaced this weekend, but Square Enix didn’t have anything to say about Switch. Only the 3DS and PlayStation 4 versions were mentioned. In fact, the Switch logo isn’t even on the game’s teaser website.

There is good news though, as Dragon Quest XI has again been confirmed for Switch. A new entry on Nintendo’s Japanese blog shares the news. Unfortunately though, we don’t have any specific details. The common consensus is that Dragon Quest XI on Switch will take after the PlayStation 4 release. Maybe Square Enix will have more to say when the new console is officially unveiled in January. 


Following its presence at Jump Festa, Dragon Quest XI’s teaser site is now open. It’s located right here. The page contains three videos for now: the opening movie, gameplay, and a clip of new character Camus. More content should be added in 2017.

Dragon Quest XI details

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Square Enix finally shared an update on Dragon Quest XI during a stage show at Jump Festa today. Along with various videos, we also have new details about the game.

The following information was provided, as translated by Gematsu:


– Young man who lives in the calm village of Ishi
– Brought up soundly by the people of the warm village
– Game starts as he turns 16


– Reliable partner
– Blue-haired thief that the protagonist encounters on his journey
– There is a rude side to his behavior and speech
– Possesses a strong sense of duty and a warm heart
– As a partner used to the ways of the world, he supports and guides the novice protagonist


– The world in Dragon Quest XI is called “Rotozetasia”
– Casino is back
– In the casino, you’ll be able to play slots, poker, and mini-games that differ based on the hardware
– StreetPass support on 3DS


Square Enix shared the first trailer / opening movie for Dragon Quest XI at Jump Festa 2017 today, comprised entirely of animation. Give it a watch below.

You’ll notice that the Switch logo is absent from today’s video. Is Square Enix being coy until the Switch event in January?

Other than that, Dragon Quest XI is currently targeting a 2017 launch in Japan, which Square Enix more or less indicated before.

Square Enix showed a bit of brand new Dragon Quest XI footage during its Jump Festa stage show just a few minutes ago. Check out the gameplay below.

Square Enix showed the 3DS and PlayStation 4 versions of Dragon Quest XI during its presentation. The 3DS release seems to be its own thing, but it gets hazy when it comes to Switch. The thought currently is that the Switch edition will match up similarly to the PlayStation 4 title, though we’ll have to wait and see.

Square Enix is showing brand new images from Dragon Quest XI at the game’s Jump Festa 2017 stage show. View them in the gallery below.

Square Enix will be hosting a special stage show for Dragon Quest XI at Jump Festa 2017 in about 30 minutes. The event begins at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM in the UK / 6 AM in Europe. You can watch the stage show as it happens below.

It’s unclear if Square Enix will be showing the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI. However, even if the publisher only chooses to highlight the PS4 edition, it might be worthwhile to see since we’re expecting it to be very similar on Switch.

Square Enix opened an official website for its presence at Jump Festa 2017 today, accessible here. It confirms the following titles for the Japanese expo:

Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Scanner (Arcade) – Corner, Trailer, Stage
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional (3DS) – Corner, Trailer
Dragon Quest X Online (Wii U, Wii, Windows) – Stage
Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time (PS4, 3DS) – Stage
Final Fantasy XV (PS4, XBO) – Playable, Trailer
Hoshi no Dragon Quest (iOS, Android) – Stage
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4) – Trailer
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) – Trailer
NieR: Automata (PS4) – Trailer
SaGa: Scarlet Grace (PS Vita) – Trailer

Square Enix’s stage schedule is also now known. On December 17, a Dragon Quest XI special stage will be held where “new details will finally arrive”. Series creator Yuji Horii, producer Yosuke Saito, director Takeshi Uchikawa, V-Jump’s Side V-san, and MC Ayana Tsubaki will be in attendance.

The stage will be hosted at the following times:

– 9 PM PT (December 16)
– 12 AM ET (December 17)
– 5 AM in the UK (December 17)
– 6 AM in Europe (December 17)


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