A big event like PAX West 2019 means another chance for gaming companies to show off their upcoming products. PAX West is especially primed for big reveals and demoes because of its proximity to the holiday season. With Gamescom and E3 behind us, it might be the last chance devs have to use a giant public forum to tempt us to buy their games. Square Enix is certainly embracing this ideology. Its PAX West booth has two heavy hitters: Marvel's Avengers and Final Fantasy VII Remake. It also brought more niche titles for its hardcore fans. Such as Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition.
Despite being an important franchise in the Japanese market, Dragon Quest never quite caught on with Western audiences. It sells enough to warrant constant releases, sure, but it isn't seen as culturally important as its cousin Final Fantasy. That might be why Final Fantasy gets big budget releases on the latest consoles while Dragon Quest spends most of its time on Nintendo handhelds. Fortunately for Nintendo fans, the Switch is both handheld and home console. That allows the upcoming Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition to both honor its handheld tradition and take a step into modern gaming.
The game does this by having a "2D Mode." Normally, you'd see the characters and world rendered in gorgeous 3D graphics as seen above. When roaming the open world, it looks like an anime-style version of Breath of the Wild. However, the 2D Mode will render everything, from characters to the world itself, in the style of a 16-bit RPG from the '90s. The camera even shifts to a permanent top-down angle.
New video from Nintendo World Report, taken at PAX West 2019, shows both modes in action.
Dragon Quest fans will no doubt appreciate the ability to go retro. It will also help players cope with the fact that the Nintendo Switch version of this game doesn't quite perform in the graphics department. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition will come out on September 27th, 2019 for Nintendo Switch.