Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is coming to PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass later this year.
The long and storied release history of Dragon Quest XI continues later this year as the previously Switch exclusive version of the game comes to PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
A brief recap. Dragon Quest XI was first released in Japan in 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS version is notable for featuring both 3D and 2D pixel versions of the game, but it never received a Western release. DQXI then came to PS4 and PC worldwide in September 2018. And a year later, it was released with a host of improvements – and some minor visual downgrades – as Dragon Quest XI S for the Nintendo Switch. That version of the game is now coming to other platforms on December 4.
So does that make the new versions the definitive Definitive Editions? Maybe not. The game’s FAQ states that they are ports of the Switch release and not an upgrade to the original PC and PS4 versions. This might mean some potential graphical downgrades. But on the upside, it does include the following enhancements.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
- New character side stories – Hero, Rab, Sylvando, Jade, and Erik star in their own – rather wonderful – side stories that are integrated into the main game
- 2D mode – The choice to play the entire game with 2D retro-inspired graphics
- World of Tickington – Revisit moments from past Dragon Quest games recreated in 16-bit style
- Audio options – The option to use Japanese or English voice-overs
- Soundtrack options – Choose between an orchestrated version of the soundtrack or the original synthesized version (Please choose the orchestrated version)
- Photo mode – An impressive, full-featured photo mode only spoiled by an instance on pasting a copyright disclaimer on every image
The FAQ also confirms that players who already own the game on PC and PS4 cannot upgrade to the Definitive Edition and will have to purchase the game again in full. Sigh.
We played Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age and enjoyed every last second. It’s a colourful celebration of the franchise crafted from small and epic moments.