No mere echo – Dragon Quest XI S Definitive Edition comes to the Switch

Posted on February 14, 2019

One of Japan’s most celebrated RPG series has bridged the gap between consoles with their latest Nintendo Direct, providing more information regarding the port of its most recent main title release – Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch in the Fall of 2019 (that’s Spring for all those of us in the Southern Hemisphere), the Definitive Edition will be laden with heaps of additional content and a new gameplay mode that fans of the older series will certainly appreciate!

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be packed full of extra content, including the option to play the game with either English or Japanese dialogue, allowing gamers like myself the opportunity to enjoy a more authentic experience. There’s also the option to switch between the games original music score and a newly composed orchestral arrangement of the games battle and field tracks. Several new blocks of story content will also be included; each one dedicated to exploring new details surrounding the game’s six other main characters.

The other extra feature, that has me giddy with excitement, is the inclusion of the 3DS Japanese exclusive version of Dragon Quest XI. This 16-bit handheld version was never released outside of Japan, meaning huge fans of the series in the west never got a chance to enjoy the game in its entirety. This is being rectified with its addition to the definitive edition, which will grant players the choice to switch their screen between the 2D and 3D gameplay modes with little effort. My inner retro fanboy couldn’t be happier with this additional development.

Dragon Quest XI

Already a great game in its own right, having successfully debuted on the PlayStation 4 and PC in the west, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age will finally be coming to the Nintendo Switch in the second half of the year around Spring.

If you’ve not had the chance to play this epic tale, take this as a sign to jump on the JRPG bandwagon and give this beloved gaming series a go.