Dragon Quest XI for PS4 and 3DS Releases, and Japanese Gamers Stand in Line Once Again

After eight years since the latest mainline single player release, Dragon Quest still has the power to get Japanese gamers to line up.

on July 28, 2017 9:51 PM

Eight years have passed since the release of a single player mainline Dragon Quest game, and it has been a whopping thirteen years since the last time a numbered game of the series hit a home console.

In the past, major releases had the power to make Japanese gamers line up around the black, while Dragon Quest launches caused serious “sickness” outbreaks among local salarymen.

Nowadays the relative decline of console gaming in favor of mobile, the gradual acceptance of digital distribution, and the spreading of online shopping, all contributed to make big lines in front of game stores the exception more than the rule.

Yet, Dragon Quest still has the power to do it. Today Dragon Quest XI finally launched in Japan for PS4 and 3DS, and Japanese gamers and salarymen did leave home early to grab the game. Some popular stores even opened earlier (most at 7 AM) in order to let people get their hands on the coveted boxes as soon as possible.

Twitter user ツルミロボ was out in Akihabara, Tokyo this morning, and had a count at 7 AM.

Sofmap had 50 people in line, BIC Camera had 24, Gamers had 30, Bellesalle  had 60, Touken Ranbu had 15, and Yodobashi Akiba, which is normally the “go to” place for this kind of things, had a whopping 200 people in line.

Other reports mention about 200 people in line at BIC Camera in Ikebukuro and 100 at Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku.

Below you can see more views on the lines, captured by Twitter users MASA@FGOイベ28参戦 (who shows the forming queue at the side entrance of Yodobashi Akiba at 4:52 AM),  ✩nobu=ノブ, and ガジェット通信(公式), on top of Producer Yosuke Saito himself.

The line may not be as long as those we saw eight years ago, but those were different times. Dragon Quest hasn’t yet lost its touch.

Series creator Yuji Horii himself left a message on Twitter thanking fans for the support, as you can see below.

“Everyone, thank you for the release! It’s a new adventure! This is Horii. Thank you for your support. “

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this launch will let us test the pulse of the console market in Japan. There is probably no game that carries that flag more than Dragon Quest XI, releasing at the same time for the most popular home and portable consoles in the country. On Wednesday, when the Media Create sales charts will be out, we’ll have our verdict.

In the meanwhile, you can watch the first three hours of gameplay on PS4some remote play gameplay on PS Vita, out a recent TV commercial of the PS4 version45 minutes of gameplay, the spectacular opening prologue video, more commercials starring celebritiesnew screenshots highlighting the story, and more footage displaying riding monsters. You can also download a lovely PS4 theme for free.

Dragon Quest XI is currently available in Japan for PS4 and 3DS, and will get a Switch version at a yet unspecified time down the line. Its western localizatioon has been announced earlier today, for platforms yet unknown.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.