During the Xbox Games Showcase pre-show hosted by Geoff Keighley there have been a couple world premieres. One of the premieres was for Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition which will be joining the Xbox One family on December 4th, 2020 and it’s coming to Xbox Game Pass Console & PC the same day.
If you don’ know much about Dragon Quest here is a quick background behind it:
The first title (Dragon Quest) was released in Japan way back in 1986, and the core figures behind the game, including Game Designer Yuji Horii (the creator of the series), Character Designer Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragon Ball) and composer Koichi Sugiyama (also known for other popular music in Japan) continue to be involved in the series to this day.
Not only did it gain widespread popularity, it also had a massive influence. It’s no exaggeration to say that Dragon Quest created an entirely new genre – anyone who’s played a JRPG will have felt the influence of the series.
Dragon Quest eventually made its debut in the United States in 1989. However, it was released by a different (yet equally draconic) name, Dragon War
Here is a list of the new additions with the definitive edition:
- New side stories for companions – Dragon Quest XI has some of the most charming characters of any RPG. This edition of game includes new side stories and adventures that weren’t in the original release, so you can get to know them better than ever.
- 2D mode – You can play the game with either beautifully detailed 3D graphics, but if you want to celebrate the series’ roots, you can also play the entire adventure in retro-inspired 2D. You can even switch between the styles mid-adventure.
- 16-bit World of Tickington – this optional activity lets you visit locations from previous Dragon Quest worlds, full of characters to talk to and quests to complete.
- Japanese audio – You can now play the entire game, including the additional content, with a new Japanese voice track
- Photo mode – As you can tell from the screenshots, Dragon Quest XI is a real pretty game. Now you can immortalize your adventures with a comprehensive photo mode. You can rearrange characters, make them pose, change angles and much more.
For Microsoft to get more JRPG’s is a huge move as Xbox has lacked more games in that genre, but it seems like this is the start of something bigger when it comes to expanding their JRPG lineup.