Today Square Enix announced the release date of the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest X, but the publisher remains completely silent about the Switch port of Dragon Quest XI.
During the livestream (at 00:36:15), Producer Yosuke Saito and series Creator Yuji Horii were quizzed on whether they could share more information, but Saito-san responded that there is nothing concrete to share yet, and that news will come when the time is right, adding that the reason is due to the “circumstances of adults.”
This caused Horii-san’s hilarity, as Saito-san continued explaining that when the time will come, there will be information he can share, but until then, he asked for patience.
Horii-san himself then concluded mentioning that there are indeed “various circumstances” preventing more information from being disclosed.
Square Enix has announced the release date of Dragon Quest XI for PS4 and 3DS, and Japanese gamers will be able to enjoy the game on July 29th. On the other hand, there has been no mention of a release date for the Switch version. It has been teased several times and officially confirmed by Nintendo itself, but Square Enix has gone as far as completely excluding it from any official promotional material for the game.
We can only speculate as of what those “adult circumstances” could be. The statement seems to indicate either marketing deals or company politics in place with Nintendo or Sony.
Nintendo might have asked Square Enix to keep quiet on the Switch version to prevent it from cannibalizing sales on the 3DS front. Sony Interactive Entertainment might have asked the publisher to hold off on the port for the rival home console to curb competition on the PS4 version. Yet, this is of course just personal speculation.
It’s very likely that the “adult circumstances” will fade after July 29th and both the PS4 and 3DS versions will go on sale, clearing Square Enix to announce the release date of the Switch one.
In the meanwhile, if you want to see more, you can check out quite a lot of lovely gameplay and a nostalgic trailer showcased this morning, and read what Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda had to say about the company’s sales expectations for the game.