Today’s Nintendo Direct announced that Square Enix's Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition will be released exclusively on the Switch this fall. While on a fantastical journey, people will be able to flip between playing the game with the latest graphics or retro 16-bit visuals, and can choose to listen to the dialogue in English or Japanese. This version of the game will also be the first one to have a fully orchestrated score for people to enjoy. But if you prefer the original soundtrack, you can switch back to it.
The Nintendo Direct trailer said that Dragon Quest XI S would feature new stories that focus on each of the main cast members, but did not reveal too many specifics.
Dragon Quest Builders 2, a spin-off in the franchise, was also covered in the Nintendo Direct.
First created by game designer Yuji Horii with art by Dragon Ball author-illustrator Akira Toriyama, Dragon Quest is an influential RPG series from Japan. The eleventh main entry in the series was originally released in 2017, and found a home across multiple platforms: PS4, Nintendo 3DS (only in Japan), and PC. The game has been generally well received and nominated for several awards, including Best RPG at the Game Critics Awards.
The impending Switch release for this RPG is particularly fitting given that it was one of the earliest games announced for the new Nintendo console, then known as Nintendo NX. Finally launching on the Switch outside of Japan—the Switch port for Japanese audiences was previously announced—will obviously expand the game's reach, and help grow the console's RPG library.
If you missed Dragon Quest XI before, trying it out on the Switch looks like the best time to start playing the latest entry in the long-running RPG series. The options for control over how the game looks and sounds should be a fun feature to play around with.