Between yesterday and today, Square Enix hosted the Dragon Quest XI Countdown Carnival event in Osaka, giving many gamers a chance to get their hands on both PS4 and 3DS demos.
Among them was Japanese website 4Gamer, that came home with direct feed screenshots of the PS4 version and off-screen pictures of the 3DS one.
The demo is set in the Samadhi desert, and it in PS4 version it’s possible to use the Options button to autorun.
Visuals show a sizable draw distance, so it’s easy to spot elements like chests even from afar. Monsters like metal slimes also include metallic effects with a nice shine VFX.
You can use horses to travel quickly, and you can bump enemies out of your way, but it’s not possible to kill them like this. If you want experience points, you have to fight them on foot. There are horse races in both the PS4 and 3DS versions.
In the 3DS version the player needs to pay attention to both screens. At times treasure chests are not visible in the main screen because they’re covered by the environment, but they’re visible on the 2D map on the second screen.
The horse races on 3DS are exclusively in 3D mode, and the game will automatically switch to it if it’s set on 2D mode. The map of the course is displayed on the lower 2D screen.
You can check out all the images below, and if you want to see more, you can check out quite a lot of lovely gameplay and a nostalgic trailer showcased yesterday morning, and read what Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda had to say about the company’s sales expectations for the game.
Dragon Quest XI will come on July 29th for PS4 and 3DS, with a Nintendo Switch release also planned. That being said, no release window has been shared for the Switch version just yet. Yesterday, Producer Yosuke Saito mentioned that Square Enix can’t talk about it because of “adult circumstances.”