During an interview in the newest edition of the Nintendo Dream magazine, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii reconfirmed the NX release of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time.
Horii reconfirmed this after mentioning it when Dragon Quest XI was announced for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS. Square Enix retracted this first announcement, instead opting to say that they were “considering” launching the game on the NX.
On top of this, Horii made the confirmation that all three versions of the game will be launching simultaneously. He worries that “spoilers will emerge if we release one version earlier”. The projected release date for Dragon Quest XI is “before May 27, 2017”. This coincides with the release date announcement from Nintendo regarding its mysterious NX console, which launches in March 2017.
During the interview, however, Horii doesn’t actually mention working on the NX version in depth. He only confirms that Dragon Quest XI is coming to NX. His other confirmation is that it will launch at the same time as the PlayStation 4 and 3DS versions.
Instead, during the interview Horii discusses the hardships of working with three separate platforms. He only specifically mentions the difference on working between the 3DS and PlayStation 4 versions of Dragon Quest XI. He also only extrapolates on the differences between them.
Horii states, “The movement in the 2D of the 3DS version, and the movement in the 3D of the 3DS version and the PlayStation 4 version definitely feels different when it’s in action. However, there are concerns when making several versions at the same time, and to that extent it’s difficult, so we’re making the game to the best of our ability.”
Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time will release in Japan on Playstation 4, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo NX before May 27, 2017. Square Enix has not released a launch date for the North American market at this time.