Today, during the second day of the Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2017, Square Enix announced a little surprise for owners of the PS4 version of Dragon Quest XI.
By inserting the spell of restoration “あすとるていあへたびだとう” you will unlock the download for the pre-trial version of Dragon Quest X for PS4. This bonus is not present on the 3DS version of the game.
On top of that, you can also play the beta of the game on PS4 until its end on August 10th. From August 10th to August 16th the game won’t be accessible, but from August 17th onward you’ll be able to play the pre-trial version of the game, which includes the character creation, the beginning of the story and the map of version 1 (which excludes the expansions).
Server 01 to 40 will be accessible, and those playing the pre-trial version will play alongside existing characters, but they won’t be able to grow past job level 20 (or change jobs), and crafting level 9. There are various limitations in place on top of that, but it’s still a pretty decent glimpse on the game.
It’s also a sly attempt by Square Enix to pull people to Dragon Quest X when they’re hooked to Dragon Quest XI. Ten out of ten for the Square Enix marketing department.
During the same livestream, Square Enix also announced the development of Dragon Quest Builders II for PS4 and Nintendo Switch (alongside a few more pieces of info), the launch of Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II and Dragon Quest III for PS4 and 3Ds, and the release date and new trailers for Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary. We also learned that Dragon Quest XI shipped over three million units in Japan.