Dragon Quest XI: Check Out 18 Minutes of the 3DS Version Showing 3D and 2D Modes

Dragon Quest XI: Check Out 18 Minutes of the 3DS Version Showing 3D and 2D Modes

The 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI looks nostalgic, especially in 2D mode.

During a livestreamed presentation from Tokyo, Square  Enix  showcased just under 20 minutes of the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI.

Unfortunately, while I did record the PS4 part, I failed to record the 3DS gameplay, since I expected the publisher to leave the livestream online for everyone to enjoy. Of course, I was naive and they didn’t. Luckily, YouTube user Sasamune game comes to the rescue with the missing 3DS footage.

Starting at the 23 minutes mark in the video below, we get to see both the more dynamic and more visually appealing 3D mode and the nostalgic 2D mode. Square Enix also provided a glimpse of city exploration and NPC interaction. It’s possible to climb on top of buildings and walk on ropes. The hero can also climb down into a well, reaching what appears to be a dungeon.

We even get to see ship navigation in the overworld in 2D and 3D mode, including random encounters.

Incidentally, we get a confirmation that the “Spell of Restoration” from the earliest games of the franchise will make a come back, letting players transfer their story progress between the PS4 and 3DS versions of the game, but not everything will carry over.

You can check out the video below, and if you want to see more, you can enjoy more gameplay from the PS4 version, new screenshots and trailers, and the box art for both the PS4 and 3DS versions.

Dragon Quest XI will launch in Japan for PS4 and 3DS on July 29th, 2017.

A Nintendo Switch version has also been confirmed, but no release window has been provided. As a matter of fact, no mention of it has been made during today’s event. Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki asked, and was told that it’s still in the works (of course), but no info can be provided for now, not even if it’ll launch at the same time as the PS4 and 3DS versions.

For the moment there is no word about a western release of the game.