Tonight, during Square Enix’s Dragon Quest press conference, the company officially unveiled Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time for PlayStation 4 and 3DS (and potentially the Nintendo NX console that’s in development).
This announcement marks the first time since Dragon Quest VIII in 2004 that Japan’s most popular JRPG series been featured on a PlayStation console. (With IX releasing on DS, and X, an MMO, on Wii, Wii U and 3DS in Japan-only)
It was confirmed during the press conference that Dragon Quest XI will be directed by Takeshi Uchikawa and produced by Yosuke Saito with music by Koichi Sugiyama. And while the story will be the same across all platforms, there are two versions of the game being developed which have key differences in appearance and how they play.
The PS4 version of the game, like Kingdom Hearts III, is being developed using the Unreal 4 engine by an internal team at Square Enix and with assistance from the team at Orca. During the conference, live gameplay footage was shown demonstrating various new features and environments. Meanwhile, the 3DS version, which was also demonstrated, is being developed by the same team but with the assistance of Toylogic. The 3DS version will have a unique dual-screen feature with 3D graphics on the top screen and SNES-era graphics on the bottom which you can switch between. If you’d like to see more, you can see both demonstrations in the embedded videos below.
There is no release date yet, but the game should release during 2016 in celebration of the series 30th anniversary.