We’re only one month left until the release of what is arguably one of the most anticipated JRPGs of 2018, Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age. Fans have been waiting for more than a decade for the next proper installment of the Dragon Quest franchise on a console, ever since the iconic Dragon Quest VIII Journey of the Cursed King on the PS2 way back in 2005. In remembrance of that classic, Square Enix has announced that all Dragon Quest XI players will be receiving a Dragon Quest VIII protagonist costume or skin at launch. The best part of it all is that it’s completely free for everyone. According to the Costume Reveal trailer, the Dragon Quest VIII skin will be available from the very beginning of the game. Players will find it ready to be equipped in their inventory. The advantage of wearing the skin early on is a boost to the player’s defense stats. The skin actually consists of two different pieces of equipment, the Trodain Bandana and the Trodain … [Read more...] about Dragon Quest XI Players Will Receive Dragon Quest VIII Skin for Free at Launch
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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is probably one of the most highly-anticipated JRPG releases of 2018. Dragon Quest fans have been waiting since 2004’s Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the next major installment of the three-decade-old franchise on current generation consoles. For a franchise that has lasted an incredible 30 years, there must be several past titles that fans would want to receive an HD remake for, similar to the Resident Evil 2 Remake and the Final Fantasy VII Remake. Speaking at Square Enix’s 38th annual meeting of stockholders, Dragon Quest franchise executive producer Yu Miyake’s answer to the question of possible Dragon Quest remakes in the future was posted by Twitter user @michisuzu (translated by Siliconera). The answer is not a definitive one but it certainly spells good tidings for the future of the franchise beyond its 30th anniversary. Dragon Quest Remakes: Dragon Quest XI Sequel? Miyake said: “I … [Read more...] about Dragon Quest Remakes Considered by Square Enix but Dragon Quest 12 Will Probably Happen Instead
Square-Enix’s other mega-selling RPG series, Dragon Quest, is set to drop it’s eleventh installment in Europe later this year. Originally released in Japan back in 2017, it has taken some time to reach these shores, and with good reason: Square-Enix has made some substantial tweaks for its Western release. Now don’t panic, this isn’t one of those situations where content has been removed (like with some of the Yakuza titles). Instead, we’re getting a raft of improvements. First, and by far the most impressive, is that the Western release will have voice acting for its major characters and cutscenes. The Dragon Quest games have a reputation for some sterling voice work, such as Ricky Grover’s rough cockney portrayal of Yangus in Dragon Quest VIII. They bring a real extra dimension to the already bold cast of characters. There’s no doubt been some chatter about the West just not having the patience to read text boxes, but this is a brilliant … [Read more...] about Dragon Quest XI hands-on – incredible localisation and the biggest world yet
Western audiences, it would seem, are slowly becoming a less picky bunch. While there’s been no shortage of Japanese-developed franchises continuing to pluck along, staying afloat by regularly keeping their carved-out niche of players satisfied over the years, the overwhelming global success of Monster Hunter World proves that there’s a newly-acquired appetite for games with an Eastern twist. The aforementioned Monster Hunter series is once one such example, though it has since laid the groundwork for other underdog favorites to inspire audiences all over by selling in excess of 7.5 million copies in as little as five weeks. Of course, this isn’t to say that Western players have never taken to a Japanese series like ducks to water before. Pokémon, for example, shouldn’t be considered as anything less than a phenomenon. Complete with its own trading card game, animated TV show, and multiple arms of merchandise tie-ins, Game Freak’s pocket … [Read more...] about Can Dragon Quest XI Repeat Monster Hunter World’s Success in Wooing Western Audiences?
Dragon Quest Builders serves as the jumping-off point for a new tale in a new period using an old setting--the storied land of Alefgard from the first Dragon Quest. It's an alternate reality that begins where the original game ends, but with a twist: the hero from the first game didn't defeat the Dragonlord. No prior knowledge of the series is required, but having a familiarity with the its jingles and diverse bestiary helps to invoke a strong sense of nostalgia Given that the world-crafting genre is uncharted territory for Dragon Quest, Square Enix was wise to make the tutorial equal parts concise and informative. This allows you to start building within minutes of launching the game, and it's satisfying to get the hang of building complete houses, crafting items, and surviving the Alefgardian wilderness. A seemingly menial task like bricklaying is made easy when it only takes one button to set the brick above, below, or at head level. Moreover, the process of upgrading a wall with … [Read more...] about Dragon Quest Builders Review: Working The Land