Dragon Quest XI Won't Be Censored for the West; Puff Puff Will Be Included

Western Dragon Quest fans will be able to enjoy "Puff Puff" to their heart's content in the localization of Dragon Quest XI.

April 8, 2018

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age continues the Dragon Quest tradition of including a few alluring elements, mostly in form of irony and jokes, but Square Enix intends to preserve the game’s content for the western release, as Producer Hokuto Okamoto told DualShockers in a recent interview.

Okamoto-san mentioned through a translator that no content will be censored. Of course, some instances within the dialogue will be adapted through the usual process of localization, but even the popular and classic “puff puff” will be left intact. If you’re not familiar with what it is, you probably want to be surprised in game, because it’s hilarious, and I would not spoil it for Dragon Quest newcomers.

As a matter of fact, Okamoto-san brought up the example of the “Magic Slot” feature, that probably won’t resonate much with western audiences considering that it’s based on the concept of pachislot. While pachislot are somehow similar to slot machines, they’re a form of entertainment and quasi-gambling that is very specific to Japan, and familiar almost exclusively to the Japanese audience. Yet, Square Enix opted to leave it in the western version of the game anyway.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will launch on PS4 and PC via Steam on September 4. The PS4 version of the game can already be pre-ordered on Amazon. A Switch version will also come down the line, but it will take a while.

[on-location reporting: Jordan Boyd]

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Giuseppe Nelva

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.

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