Square Enix is Currently “Undecided” on Whether to Bring Switch’s Dragon Quest XI S Additions to Other Platforms
Sadly, It doesn't seem like Square Enix is planning to add Dragon Quest XI S's new content to the PS4 and PC versions
Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki spoke with Square Enix, asking them if the new content from Dragon Quest XI S on Switch will be coming to the other versions of the game as DLC. Square Enix answered that it is currently “Undecided”.
About possible DQ11 new content addition to PS4 version:
me: saw new stories added to Switch version. Any plans to release those for PS4 version?
Square Enix: “undecided.”
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) February 14, 2019
Personally, I think everything points at Square Enix never bringing the new content to other platforms. That’s purely my opinion as someone who has yet to master Japanese, but the choice of words makes me feel they have no plans to ever do it. Like Mochizuki pointed out, there’s also the fact that while the game is called Dragon Quest XI S in Japan, Square Enix named it Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition, in the west, and are treating it as an enhanced port like many JRPGs often get.
Nintendo struck gold with this, as many people in Japan alone will definitely double-dip and get the Switch version and might even get a Switch solely for it, seeing how huge of a cultural tradition Dragon Quest is in the Archipel. I’m personally happy about the Switch version being so complete, as someone who didn’t play the original game yet as I’d rather play other Dragon Quest games first to get all the references in DQ11. However, I do feel heavily for those who did buy the original game and already spend a massive amount of time on it, and probably don’t feel like investing time and money again, and who might even feel like they were tricked. Though it’s definitely not as bad as a case as things like Tales of Vesperia‘s unfinished Xbox 360’s version. And while I obviously don’t mean to blame anyone, an enhanced port was very likely as the original Japanese PS4 version had no voices, because of Yuji Horii wanting to polish the script until the last minute.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition was announced in the west for this fall during the latest Nintendo Direct. The game will be exclusive to Nintendo Switch and will have many new additions including the 3DS’s version’s graphics, which is exclusive to Japan for now. Dragon Quest Builders 2 was also announced in the west, and is coming on PS4 and Switch.
Lastly, Dragon Quest Your Story, a 3DCG anime movie adaptation of Dragon Quest V, was recently announced as well.
Truly we’re living in an elusive age.