Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix. An entry in the longrunning Dragon Quest video game series, it was released in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 in July 2017, and will be released worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows in September 2018, as well as for the Nintendo Switch sometime beyond 2018. By the end of 2017, the game had sold over three million copies in Japan across the PlayStation 4 and 3DS.
DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama, and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, DRAGON QUEST XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike.
Dragon Quest XI continues the gameplay of previous games in the series, in which players explore worlds and fight against various monsters, including the ability to explore high areas. The Nintendo 3DS version features a different style to the PlayStation 4 version, showcasing 3D graphics on the top screen and 16-bit styled sprites on the bottom screen. Before entering battle, players can also toggle between the 3D and 2D graphical styles. According to Jump magazine, the split styles of 3D and 2D will be present on both screens only during the opening stages of the game. Later on, players will have to select in which style to play by choosing a screen to look at, but will be able to switch between both styles at any time. The game’s battle system will be the series’ traditional turn-based battle system.
The game is set in the fantasy world of Lotozetasia where it’s said that The Great Tree of Life was the source for all life in it, a gigantic tree in a floating island in the middle of the world. The player takes the role of an young man with a strange birthmark on his left hand turning age 16 from Ishi Village where he grew with his childhoohd friend of the same age, Emma. In a coming-of-age tradition of the village he must climb a great mountain called God’s Rock where it’s said the spirits of the earth dwell. Upon his success the protagonist finds out that he’s actually the reincarnation of a hero who saved the world before and must again be on a mission against forces of darkness, described by other characters as the “Lord of Shadows” and the risk of resurrection of the “Dark One”. To better understand his role as a hero he leaves his hometown and start travelling around the world.
In the first hours of the game upon arriving at the city of Heliodor the Hero is recognized by soldiers as a “Luminary”, a name common to classes in previous Dragon Quest games, and is sent to jail by King Carnelian, who sugests in a malicious way that luminary are in collusion with darkness just as light casts shadow. At first it doesn’t seen as the hero is trying to escape, but a blue-haired thief in another cell named Camus manages to get out of his incarceration and gets the protagonist out too. Together they run from the guards of Heliodor and continue their adventure.