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Dragon Quest XI will be an Offline game for home Consoles


Dragon Quest producer Yuji Horii, has stated once again that Dragon Quest XI will be an offline game for home consoles.

(On the series’ 30th anniversary, and DQ11) “I don’t have much to tell now, but we’re making many preparations. One thing is for certain, Dragon Quest 11 will be an offline game”

(About action combat like Dragon Quest Heroes) “No, Dragon Quest 11 will return to the roots of Dragon Quest. Another action RPG would be like Heroes, and we want to distinguish between the two.”

(On the possibility of a large-scale remake a la FF7 of older titles such as DQ3) “There are no plans at the moment, but there’s possibilities in the future.”

(On Dragon Quest for smartphones) “I think games should be designed for the platforms they’re on. Dragon Quest 11 is designed for home consoles.”

(On virtual reality) “I had the chance to experience Morpheus, and if I get the opportunity, I’d like to make something with that sort of technology.”

Via: NeoGAF, Source: ffing

  • awang0718

    I am honestly surprised that Square Enix is so obsessed with the home consoles (or PS4 to be more specific) given the PS4 and Wii U’s less than stellar commercial performance in Japan. I would assume they would embrace the 3DS more, since it is the only dedicated gaming platform that is genuinely successful in Japan this generation(a trend that will likely continue with Nintendo’s next generation handheld relative to its home console contemporaries).

    I mean, Dragon Quest IX broke sales records when it launched in Japan on the DS in 2009, selling 4 million copies in a single weekend (that record was eventually broken a year later by Pokémon Black/White, another DS game). Obviously, the 3DS is not nearly as successful as the record-breaking DS, but Dragon Quest XI would fly off shelves in Japan if it was a 2016 3DS title, and it would also perform well outside of Japan.

    • Jon Turner

      Probably because they’re targeting this game for the West as well. Now if WiiU had performed better than it did by FAR and even surpassed PS3, I think SE would have consider porting this game and their other PS projects to WiiU. But I guess NX will have to be that system. They aren’t on bad terms with Nintendo these days, so NX getting FFXV, KH3, and DQXI is plausible, providing it can sell AND if it can run all three games without so much as a hiccup.

      • awang0718

        Dragon Quest isn’t Final Fantasy. It’s performance in the west will not be anywhere near its performance in Japan. Not. Even. Remotely. Close.

        • FalconLawnch

          Doesn’t matter. Square are consolidating their big JRPGs on one platform so they drive each other’s sales.

          Whether this strategy will work for Square in the long run remains to be seen.

  • 7thlevel JR

    ps4 and pc im calling it

  • FalconLawnch

    Sounds like PS4 will be the lead platform, with potential ports to PS3, NX devices and maybe PC a bit later on.

    • Jon Turner

      NX is plausible, but only if the platform in question is easy to port to. That’s one thing Nintendo will have to get right next gen. I think it’ll still be sometime until we hear more about this game either way.

      • FalconLawnch

        Agreed, but an NX version is much more plausible than one for the Wii U in my opinion.

        • Jon Turner

          Yes. If it is too late for WiiU, then NX should try to get some of those games from SE, providing it can run them. WiiU’s problem is that it can’t run those games AND is not doing well. If NX can do both, there shouldn’t be a problem porting them.

          • FalconLawnch

            Pretty much. I think Nintendo already has one of those aspects covered by moving to one of the two dominant and most supported hardware architectures in ARM. All that remains now is make the NX platform have worldwide appeal among all kinds of gamers.

          • Jon Turner

            Yes, it’s one thing for NX to be more capable than WiiU, but Nintendo must also make moves to make the system a bigger hit than WiiU, and they will have to. I don’t know how much credibility the rumor from earlier today has, but it NEEDS to be capable of running those titles. It’s the only way NX could see FFXV, KH3, and DQXI as well. That and it needs to carve a bigger install base than WiiU. If it does then maybe SE will consider doing so.

    • Travis

      SE has actually explicitly stated they want to help the PS4 sell more consoles in Japan.


      “This week at E3 we announced several titles coming to the PS4: not
      only FFXV, Kingdom Hearts 3, and World of Final Fantasy, but [also] a
      new Star Ocean and more,” he told Engadget.

      “Rather than announce the remake after those titles went on sale, we
      wanted to give gamers something that would make them happy – open them
      up, perhaps, to buying into the PS4.”

  • Jon Turner

    A lot of people are speculating it’ll probably be a PS4 exclusive, but that seems unlikely to me; WiiU exclusive, plausible, but not sure. Chances are it’ll just be multiplat for both systems, or maybe an NX launch title, I dunno. We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.