The latest entry in the highly popular Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time, was recently confirmed for a western release. No exact date was given, but it's nice to finally get official confirmation that the rest of the world will also be able to enjoy the delights this RPG has to offer.
One Story, Three Interpretations
Dragon Quest XI is slated for release later this month in Japan for both PlayStation 4 and 3DS. While both games share the same story, world, and characters, there are numerous differences between the two, the most drastic among them being the graphical presentation.
Whereas the PS4 version (seen above) goes for a more modern approach, the 3DS version uses a style of presentation closer to the classic games in the series, allowing the player to choose between 3D and classic 2D.
Modern vs. Classic Combat
The differences don't stop at the graphical style. In the PS4 version, the player is able to choose between Free Movement and Auto Camera Battles. Free Movement allows the player to move about the battlefield freely and sneak up on their enemies, while Auto Camera provides a more cinematic experience. The 3DS version, on the other hand, opts for a more classic approach, with traditional turn-based encounters played from a first-person perspective.
Despite both versions being quite different, no platforms were mentioned during the confirmation of the game's release. If you were pining for a particular version of the game, you may have to wait a little longer to see if the version you're interested in is being localized.
Dragon Quest XI releases on July 29 in Japan for PlayStation 4 and 3DS. It is also confirmed to be coming to to the Nintendo Switch.
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