While Japan has been enjoying Dragon Quest 11 for eight months now, the rest of the world has been patiently waiting. Today, Square Enix announced when that wait would end. We finally have a worldwide release date.
The title initially launched on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 for the Japanese back in July. Square confirmed today that it will be launching for the rest of the world on September 4th for PlayStation 4 and PC.
A Switch version is in development too, but there’s no mention of a date yet. Square Enix has said that there are no plans to localize the 3DS version outside of Japanese territories.
The game performed quite well following it’s eastern debut, selling two million copies in two days in Japan. And since its July debut it has crossed the three million mark. That number is expected to rise, obviously, following September’s worldwide release. The game earned numerous awards upon release, including a perfect 40/40 from the renowned Japanese publication, Famitsu.
The RPG requires no prior knowledge of the series for players to jump in. Square Enix says that “While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, Dragon Quest 11 is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike.”
The western release of Dragon Quest 11 is said to include a few upgrades that the initial version did not. English voiceovers are an obvious one. But there will also be a hard mode known as Draconian Quest. Overhauled menus and interfaces with “graphical enhancements and intuitive navigation.” A camera mode has been included too as well as a newly implemented dash function for improved character movement.
If you’re on the fence as to whether this series is for you, Square Enix published about nine minutes of early gameplay video today. Take a look and see if it’s up your alley.