Square Enix E3 2019 - Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition Comes to Switch This Fall

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Square Enix E3 2019 - Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition Comes to Switch This Fall

June 10, 2019

By: Kyle Johnson

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Square Enix had a new trailer to show off for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of An Elusive Age Definitive Edition S during their E3 showcase. The excellent classically-influenced RPG previously launched on the PS4, PC and 3DS, and is finally making its way over to the Switch. There was no new footage shown off in the trailer, but we did get confirmation that Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition S will come to the Switch this fall.

The trailer did give us a glimpse at some of the features coming to the Switch version, however. Nintendo and Square Enix already confirmed that a full orchestral arrangement for Dragon Quest XI would be available, as well as the ability to swap between English and Japanese voiceovers. Today, however, we got our first look at a retro-styled 16-bit mode, where players can swap out the modern graphics for a style you might fight on the SNES. If the style seems like an odd inclusion for Square Enix, then you would do well to gaze upon the 3DS version, which aside from being largely downscaled, also features two graphical modes: modern polygonal graphics on top, and 16-bit sprites on the bottom.

The arrival of the outstanding Dragon Quest XI on Switch has been highly anticipated for some time. Since originally announcing the port back in February of this year, many wondered if the Switch was going to be able to capture the awe, as muted as it may be, on the handheld. Unfortunately for us, we still don't have a definitive release date, suggesting we might see it revealed in a Nintendo Direct later this summer. Still, if you're looking to check out the latest installment in a legendary RPG series on Switch, you'll have your chance this fall.

If you want to know more about this and other announcements happening at E3 then be sure to check out our E3 2019 Coverage Hub.

Kyle Johnson
Japanese Gaming Specialist

Professional painter. Semi-professional weeb. I've played hundreds of games, but finished very few. I speak Chinese and Minnesotan.