We last heard about Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S in September, when the name for the title was officially confirmed at the 2018 Tokyo Game Show. At the time, the series creator Yuji Horii said the Switch version would take much longer for Square Enix to develop, but could not lock in when exactly it would arrive.
What we know now - if it wasn’t already evident - is that the game won’t be released in 2018. At Jump Festa 2019, Square Enix simply announced the game would launch within Japan next year (2019). This version will include over 200 voiced characters, excluding the main character and as previously revealed is powered by Unreal Engine 4.
In addition to providing the year of the game's release, Square Enix also teased it was preparing a surprise Dragon Quest XI S announcement for the first day of 2019. The official website is now open as well and below is a short trailer for the game:
More details about the upcoming Switch release will be revealed during a Square Enix "Dragon Quest XI Channel S" live stream on YouTube and Niconico in January. This broadcast will feature the creator of the series, producer Hokuto Okamoto and multiple other individuals involved with the project.
In the meantime, what do you think the surprise could be? Leave a comment below.