Square Enix has finally revealed more information about the upcoming Nintendo Switch port of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. It was revealed, during the Tokyo Game Show, that the Nintendo Switch port of the game will be called Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S.
The Nintendo Switch port of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S will have all of the new features included in the English version of the game, with the dashing and voice acting among other things, but it still won't be released for at least a year from now.
It's possible that the S in the name will signify more content added to Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, but that remains to be seen. Square Enix may want to give some added incentives to those who have already purchased the game on other systems who are not patient enough to wait another year before playing it.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has been a notable absentee from the Nintendo Switch since the console was launched. We say this because Dragon Quest XI was the first game announced for the system, back when it was still known as the Nintendo NX.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was first released on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 in the Summer of 2017 in Japan, where it received universal acclaim from critics and fans alike. Dragon Quest XI was the second game in the series to receive a perfect score in Weekly Famitsu magazine and is the latest game to receive that honor.
Those of us in the West had to wait over a year for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age to be localized into English, with the Nintendo 3DS version of the game not even being localized at all. This would have been the perfect time to release the Nintendo Switch port version, as the PlayStation 4 version of Dragon Quest XI came with some new features, like faster movement speed and voice acting, but we are only now starting to hear any news about the Switch version.
Square Enix just announced "Dragon Quest XI S" for Switch. No release date hints, but S, according to developers, indicates "Switch" "Special" "Character voices (shaberu, in Japanese) as well as "Initial of voice actor(s)". "But S doesn't mean small," the firm says. pic.twitter.com/y6VFVwJBdV— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) September 23, 2018
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is one of the best games of 2018, but it has so far lived in the shadow of Spider-Man, which has received far more news and social media coverage. The game would probably have benefited from a Summer release, but it's too late to do anything about it now.
Will an updated Nintendo Switch port give Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age the chance to win the hearts of the gaming public in North America and Europe? We will have to wait and see when Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S finally makes its way to the system.