It’s been a long wait, but Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age finally has a release date outside of Japan…unless you happen to be a Nintendo fan, that is. Square Enix has announced that the hit RPG will be launching worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Steam on September 4th. If you’re a Switch owner, you’re in for a long wait. If you’re a 3DS owner, we’ve got some bad news for you.
Square Enix is hard at work on a Switch port, “but development is expected to take a long time from a technological standpoint.” A Square Enix PR representative has clarified to IGN that this means the Switch version will not launch in 2018, and is expected to launch “much later.” Meanwhile, the 3DS version will not see release outside of Japan, despite outselling the PlayStation 4 version it is home country. This, Square Enix says, is down to differing strategies for the Western market.
“Our aim with Dragon Quest XI and the Dragon Quest brand is to grow the audience in the West. From a business point of view, it made strategic sense to release the 3DS version in Japan in 2017. For the West in 2018, it made the most sense to focus on the PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam) platforms.”
The Western releases of Dragon Quest XI come packed with new content and features, including improved menus, a hard mode for players looking to challenge themselves, faster dashing for more convenient exploration, and a first-person camera mode. Dragon Quest XI has sold over 3 million copies between PlayStation 4 and 3DS just in Japan thus far, and those numbers should climb much higher with a global launch.