The idea that Dragon Quest XI would eventually come to the Nintendo Switch is old news. We have known about Square Enix’s plans for some time; it was all just a simple waiting game before we knew when it was going to happen. The latest Nintendo Direct confirmed the port’s release and revealed a lot more about the game.
The game is titled Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition. Yes, that name is a mouthful, but it will be hitting the Switch sometime this autumn. Where this version will shine is with the content that Square Enix has exclusively added to the Switch version of the game, setting it apart from the PC and PlayStation 4 versions that arrived last year.
The exclusive content will include new character-specific stories that seek to spotlight the main cast on a greater level. Dragon Quest XI will offer a fully orchestrated soundtrack, but the original music can also be chosen, depending on which version you prefer as you play. Players who like options for character voices will also be pleased with the ability to choose between English or Japanese voices. The biggest addition to the game, however, is the ability to switch between the modern art style and a classic 16-bit visual style. This was used to some degree in the Japanese exclusive 3DS version, but it makes a welcome and nostalgic addition for fans of the series’ roots.
While the wait for the Switch might have been annoying for some Dragon Quest fans, Square Enix seems to be more than making up for it. The exclusive content might even make the game worth double dipping for previous adopters.
Are you excited for the Switch port of Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition? How do you feel about that naming convention? Let us know in the comments below.