Dragon Quest XI is sliming its way to the West

Matt Sayer 31 July 2017 NEWS


English localisation of the PS4 and 3DS RPG is underway.

Next year promises to be a slimy one thanks to Square Enix. The publisher recently announced that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, the latest entry in the storied RPG series, will be coming to Western shores in 2018. In a heart-warming video accompanying the announcement, creator of Dragon Quest Yuji Horii admitted that the localisation process is a tough one due to the large amount of text in the game, but the team is working hard to deliver the Western version fans have been clamouring for.

Interestingly, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is both a PS4 and a 3DS game, with each sporting entirely different visual styles. On PS4, the game features gorgeous high-resolution 3D graphics, while the 3DS version lets players choose between a simplified cel-shaded look and a 2D design inspired by the 16-bit Dragon Quest games from the SNES era. 3DS layers can swap between the two visual modes whenever they feel like it, too, which is pretty neat.

While Square Enix hasn't given a more concrete release date for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age than sometime in 2018, the publisher has promised to provide more details on the Western release in the coming months. We'll keep you posted as soon as that information is available.

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