Peter Triezenberg
New Screenshots for Dragon Quest XI Highlight Story Sequences
Also, why the game won't have voice acting, and an Unreal surprise!
07.27.17 - 11:58 AM

The time of Dragon Quest XI is fast approaching, at least in Japan. In anticipation of the game's July 29th release date, Square Enix has updated the game's official website with a bevy of new screenshots and some brief text descriptions to accompany them. You can find this new media in our galleries for the PS4 and 3DS versions of the game.

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The "Hero" Being Pursued and His Allies

The hero and his allies go on an adventurous journey to unravel the mystery of the legend concerning the hero.

In order to unravel that mystery, they will head for the "Great Tree of Life" together.

New Encounters Await in an Unseen World

The protagonist and company's journey will go beyond the ocean, and as far as to the bottom of the ocean and into the sky. Various people await them there to encounter.

Before Long, Their Adventure Will Lead to the Great "Truth" of the World

Why was the hero called a demon child? On your adventure seeking an answer to this question, you will arrive at a certain truth.

Once again. The "Time of the Hero" begins.

In other Dragon Quest XI-related news, Square Enix apparently remade a part of Dragon Quest III using the Unreal Engine. According to series creator Yuji Horii, the development team took a "serious look" at Dragon Quest III when developing Dragon Quest XI, and recreating the starting location of Aliahan using Unreal Engine 4 helped the team fully realize their vision. Horii hopes to share what the team created with the public someday.

Another interesting tidbit Square Enix revealed is the reason that Dragon Quest XI doesn't have voice acting. As it turns out, the lack of voice acting is considered a series tradition in Japan: the voice acting added to Dragon Quest VIII in the US, while excellent, is something of an anomaly. Yuji Horii was committed to fine-tuning the game's script and seeing the story through to the end, and including voice acting would have required the developers to finalize the game's script much earlier in the process and commit further resources. As such, it was decided to leave the characters silent. Since the hero is intended as a stand-in for the player, Horii says that further emphasis was placed on the character's body language and expressions to compensate.

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Stay tuned to RPGFan for more information on Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time.