Square Enix just released a new trailer for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age in their E3 2018 showcase. The game has already been released in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation 4 on July 29, 2017.

Two editions are available for pre-order, the Edition of Light:

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And the Edition of Lost Time:

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The game features a turn-based battle system with a modern twist, easing players into combat with an accessible experience, featuring mechanics simple enough for beginners, but with enough depth to satisfy hardcore fans. The heroes can dispose of a mix of melee and magic attacks, and both approaches should be used to ensure victory in battles. Squads can be customized with occasional replacements for the optimal combination in facing particularly tricky monsters.

Side quests are featured in a Quest Catalogue as a guide to browse completed quests and those still underway. The system has a pep system that grants bonuses to several of characters’ attributes. These powers should be carefully or the bonuses might be wasted. It is possible to combine different characters to unleash collaborative attacks knowns pep powers.

The Battle Mode can be set to Free-Form Fighting, so that the camera can be moved during battles, positioning party members according to the player’s style. Spells, abilities and attacks are not affected by the positioning. In the Classic Camera mode the player only has to worry about picking the right spells and abilities while the camera moves automatically. Attacks don’t do less damage in Classic Camera compared to Free-Form Fighting.

The Character Builder offers the customization of skill points to party members with new spells and sbilities, and also to improve their attributes. Panels can be unlocked, expanding options further. There is some element of strategy to unlocking these panels.

Camping offers players a chance to sleep under the stars as the party members recover their HP and MP, much like a stay at an inn, except it’s free. Progress can also be saved by praying at a sacred statue, with some campsites including their own merchants.

The Western release of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is set for September 4, 2018 on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4.

If you want to know more about this and other announcements happening at E3 then be sure to check out our E3 2018 Coverage Hub.


Richard Costa

Staff Writer

Ape meets keyboard. Hack for hire, recovering academic and RPG enthusiast who started gaming on MSX in the late 80s, then witnessed the glorious 90s on PC.