At the 2018 Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix announced the next Dragon Quest game on the Switch would be officially known as Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S. According to creator of the series, Yuji Horii, the "S" covers all bases including the game being special and for the Switch. Alternative interpretations are "Shaberu" (speaking) and "Seiyuu" (voice actor) - which reference the voice work in the game.
Besides the title announcement, Horii reiterated the Switch version of the latest Dragon Quest would take Square Enix longer to develop. As for a launch date, there's still no word on when it will arrive. This only reinforces a comment made by Square Enix back in March when it said the game would take a while:
We are also developing the Switch version for Europe and North America... But development is expected to take a long time from a technological standpoint as well, so we still have a long way to go until its release.
Then in July, producer Hokuto Okamoto reaffirmed the Switch release was still in development:
We’re making it. We’re still making it. I can’t say anything more... When we first announced [Dragon Quest XI], the Switch hadn’t come out yet, and the development kit also wasn’t finalised. The hardware specs weren’t out yet, but we were like, ‘We can manage this. We can put this out on the Switch.'
As previously revealed, the game will be powered by Unreal Engine 4. Dragon Quest XI was first announced in August 2016 and was released in Japan on the 3DS and PS4 last summer.
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