At the recent Jump Festa 2017 event, Square Enix unveiled the first concrete details for Dragon Quest XI, the newest instalment in its acclaimed RPG series.
Siliconera reports that Dragon Quest XI’s director, Takeshi Uchigawa, designer Yuju Horii, and producer Yosuke Saito took to the stage to discuss the game’s story, setting, and gameplay mechanics.
Like previous entries in the series, XI will follow an unnamed protagonist, this time a sixteen-year old, an age that, apparently, is significant to the people of the game’s world, though in what ways remains unexplained. The protagonist originates from a peaceful and neighborly village named Ishi, just one of many in the world of Rotozetasia.
Interestingly enough, the word “Roto” means “Erdick” in Japanese, making the world’s name a reference to the hero from Dragon Quests 1-3, which is sometimes called “The Erdick Trilogy”. Long-time fans of the series have already begun deciphering the meaning behind this specific name choice.
In addition to the protagonist, the team introduced the first ally that players will meet, a blue-haired man named Camus. He is described as being loyal and possessing a warm heart despite his brash and abrasive exterior. His knowledge of the game’s overworld will prove as an aid to the game’s hero.
As for the gameplay, many of the features that fans know and love, including casinos and the infamous Puff Puff massages, will return. Nintendo 3DS owners will benefit from a unique StreetPass function that will “make [players] want to go outside”. Furthermore, despite the system not having any similar features, the development team aims to do something along the same lines for Playstation 4.
Much more information about the game is yet to be unveiled, with the Dragon Quest website revealing that a television program, Dragon Quest: And Onward to A New Legend, will air on Japanese channel NHK on December 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Dragon Quest XI is scheduled to arrive in Japan in 2017 for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4, with a Nintendo Switch version also in the works. A release for western regions has not yet been confirmed.
The videos embedded below show gameplay footage from the 3DS and PlayStation 4 versions of the game.