While the Dragon Quest press conference today wasn’t exactly what one would consider hype-inducing, we did find out the status of Dragon Quest XI. Unfortunately that update was basically just “we’re almost there, guys.” So if you were hoping for more than that, you’re out of luck.
In short, Square Enix announced that the game’s story is almost finished but still needs more time before it’ll be ready for consumption. They’re predicting a release sometime between May 26, 2016 and May 26, 2017.
Thanks Square Enix.
You may remember that we reported on Dragon Quest XI in July here and here where it was revealed that there were “no concrete plans at the moment” to bring the game to the west, only that it would be “considered.” Considering most recent Dragon Quests seem to percolate in Japan for about a year before coming westward, it seems likely that we won’t see the newest entry in the main Dragon Quest line until a year following the initial release, whenever that happens to be.
The game is being developed for PS4 and 3DS and, at the time the game was first revealed, there was talk of a Nintendo NX version of the game as well, but that version was not discussed – which makes sense since we still have no real information about that console. Nintendo’s expected to release information about their newest console before E3 this year and it’s entirely likely Dragon Quest XI will be a launch title for the system. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part.
Square Enix did give a Japanese release date for Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings (May 27, 2016) for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita as well…again, no information on a release in the west.
Source, via Gematsu