Tokyo's annual Jump Festa event, held just this past week, was perhaps our first substantial look at Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time since its big reveal. At the event we were gifted with the CGI opening of the game, a gameplay trailer and a character trailer. The official site has all three and can be viewed here.
The CGI opening shows off Square Enix's gorgeous 3D rendering capabilities as well as a general overview of what to expect while playing the game. The plot features our protagonist and his band of adventurers facing off against a giant squid, spelunking in dungeons, and traversing beautiful landscapes, while our hero also engages in an epic one-on-one sword duel with a mysterious villain.
While many of the game's party members were shown in the trailers, a special character introduction trailer was given for the hero's blue-haired companion Camus, a thief of rough words and heart of gold who firmly believes in our hero.
The gameplay trailer shows us both versions of the game. The high-definition console version is slated for #PS4 and very reminiscent of Dragon Quest VIII. The unlocalized Dragon Quest XI and #3DS version features two different modes — a sprite-based mode based on the old-school Dragon Quest games, and a 3D mode similar to that of the Dragon Quest VII remake for 3DS.
Apparently, after a certain point in the game, the player will choose either 2D or 3D for the 3DS version, with the ability to switch at any time.
The PS4 trailer also shows us that horseback riding will be an element in the game. The entire stage event can be watched below.
#DragonQuest XI is slated for a 2017 release. PS4 and 3DS versions are confirmed, and while a #Switch version has been hinted at before, no such mention was made at #JumpFesta. A Western release has yet to be confirmed. Keep your fingers crossed!
Update: Nintendo has reconfirmed that the game is coming to the Switch via its website.
Check out the teaser below for Dragon Quest XI and tell us in the comments section what your most anticipated release of 2017 will be.