During a panel at Jump Festa, Dragon Quest XI Scenario Writer and Designer Yuji Horii, Producer Yusuke Saito and Game Director Takeshi Ichikawa introduced a ton of new assets from the game. Sit down and grab a coffee, because this time around they didn’t troll us. There is a lot to see.
First of all, we got a quick overview of the difference between PS4 and 3DS versions.
We also get another look at the game’s nameless “hero,” with a couple of images from both versions of the game.
We learn that he is a boy that grew among the inhabitants the Ishi village, who brought him up warmly and in health, until he took up the path of the adventurer when he turned 16 years old.
We also get the reveal of the hero’s “reliable buddy” Camus (the direct transliteration from Katakana of the name is Kamyu, but the name is normally translated as Camus, so we’ll go with that for now).
He’s a blue-haired thief that the hero encounters during his travels. While he’s rude in his behavior and speech, he’s a loyal companion with a passionate heart. He actively supports and helps the hero, providing him with guidance thanks to his superior knowledge of the world.
Below you can see a couple of images from the PS4 and 3DS versions, and a video from the PS4 version.
The game’s map was also revealed. The continent is called Rotozestasia, and features the iconic World Tree right in the middle.
But that’s certainly not all. Below you can enjoy some awesome gameplay on both PS4 and 3DS, which also reveals the ability to ride horses in the game.
Apparently, horse riding is exclusive to the PS4 version, and the two versions of the game will feature some differences in gameplay besides the visuals.
Last, but certainly not least, we get a fantastic trailer showing the opening cutscene of the game, promising a Japanese release date in 2017 for PS4 and Nintendo 3DS. The Nintendo Switch version wasn’t mentioned during the livestream, and of course we got no information on a possible western release.
Interestingly, the video also gives us a good look at the game’s world and at the rest of the party that will accompany the hero, even if only Camus has been actually detailed for now.