Dragon Quest XI will be returning to store shelves in a slightly different guise this winter, what with the announcement of a Definitive Edition. But owners of the current game might be left missing out on all the new content because there’s no mention of an update. That means, if you like what you see, you’ll probably have to pay full price for it – just like a regular Joe.
Problem is, there’s a lot to like…
To give it its full name, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition will launch on December 4th. Just in time for Santa to pick up and pack. But don’t be thinking it’s a gimmick. There’s a “dramatically enhanced” experience being promised here, brimming with brand new stories and alternative ways to play. Those extra narrative chapters are described as containing hours of adventure, and are interwoven into the main story arc. Therefore, you don’t need to do anything special to explore the exploits of Erik, Jade or Rap – simply play the game and they’ll come to you.
Elsewhere, you will encounter a 2D, 16 bit world called Tickington, which will offer you passage to previous incarnations of the game. There you’ll re-encounter some of the series’ most iconic locations and battles. Just look out for the Tockle, because that guy can make it happen. However, this slimming down of dimensions is a continuing theme as you can opt to play the entire game in 16 bit glory. Because I’m sure you’ll agree, there’s a magic to that art style that no modern budget can replicate.
In line with current trends, a photo mode is also being introduced to Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age. And you’ll be able to go full on creative director by moving the characters around and choosing their poses. Play (game)Boy eat your heart out! Finally, an ultra-fast battle mode is included in order to make treasure hunting a more fluid experience. And Japanese voice over has been added for more authenticity.
Source: PlayStation Blog