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Dragon Quest XI - more details and screens for 3DS version


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The following details come from Gematsu...

- 3D Mode characters move vividly in a three-dimensional world
- in 2D Mode, the game is depicted in nostalgic pixel graphics
- at the start of your adventure, 3D Mode is depicted on the upper screen, and 2D Mode is depicted on the lower screen
- when the two modes are displayed at the same time, conversations and such are displayed on the upper screen when using the slide pad
- on the lower screen when using the d-pad
- As you progress, you will choose which one of the two modes to you want to continue playing with
- can visit the church to switch between modes
- in 3D mode, monsters will attack if they notice the protagonist running by
- with 2D mode, you will encounter monsters randomly while walking
- will be able to see the ''Memories of Your Journey'' at certain places
- with 3DS version, you can look back on important scenes in the story that you have already seen in your favorite visual mode
- allows you to also see how that scene played out in the style you are not playing in
- a village where a special tribe among the Incarnations of Time known as the ''Yocchi'' live
- here you can make use of the system’s StreetPass features
- also discover a dungeon that only the Yocchi can enter called the ''Labyrinth Beyond Time''
- send in the Yocchi you gathered through StreetPass to explore
- exploring the Labyrinth Beyond Time may open the door to surprises
- Yocchi have an important mission, and want the protagonist to help them carry it out
- in order to help the Yocchi, it seems that it is necessary to find ''Adventure Log Passwords'' in the Labyrinth Beyond Time

Dragon Quest XI's Switch port may take quite some time before it sees release

Square-Enix has been focusing on Dragon Quest XI for 3DS and PS4. It seems with all the attention on those versions, the Switch port has been somewhat put on the backburner. According to devs, even the initial planning for the Switch port has taken longer than usual, due to the work being done on the PS4/3DS versions. Work is moving forward, but it's slow-going.

Dragon Quest XI - download card

Yet another pretty download card to add to the collection. I know someone out there has all of these in a fancy glass case somewhere!

Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2017 - stage schedule

August 5

10:00 – Event Opening
11:00 to 11:15 – Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2017 Opening – Featuring appearances by Ayana Tsubaki, Yosuke Saito, and Yuji Horii.
11:30 to 12:30 – Official Live Broadcast “Rainama” at Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2017 – The Dragon Quest Summer Festival edition of the monthly program “Dragon Quest Monsters Super Light Live Broadcast,” or “Rainama” for short, which is broadcast live on Niconico. It will include discussion by those appearing, as well as the latest information. Featuring appearances by Takamasa Shiba (producer), Naoto Chiba (administrative producer), Ryou Hirohashi (voice actor), Aru (live streamer), and Saito-V (V-Jump editorial department).
13:00 to 14:30 – Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional Official Tournament “Great Masters’ GP” Finals – The Joker series’ final battle between the eight players who won through the East Japan and Westn Japan regional preliminaries that took place starting in May, and the Square Enix Members preliminaries that were held online. Who will be the strongest monster master!? Featuring appearances by Taichi Inuzuka (producer), Reiko Mihashi (MC), Saki Suzuki (MC), and guests Yuji Horii (game designer) Hiroki Yasumoto (voice actor).
16:00 to 19:30 – Dragon Quest X Five Year Celebration Stage
Part 1: Theater Company Inuccoro Produce’s “The Adventurers’ Hotel” – A group performance set in a certain hotel lounge. A live performance themed after those who participated in a Dragon Quest X offline meeting. Written and directed by Syu Hani. Featuring appearances by Ryutaro Ishikawa, Keiko Isobe, Inko-san, Takesho Ooyama, Ibuki Kaneda, Noboru Koizuka, Masahiko Saito, Tetsuro Adachi, Sanae Fuku, Leena, and Miyu Watanabe.
Part 2: Dragon Quest X TV Summer Festival 2017 Special – In addition to the latest information on Dragon Quest X, we’re preparing a number of projects only available at the Summer Festival, with different content on both days. Let’s celebrate five years of Dragon Quest X together! Featuring appearances by Ayana Tsubaki (MC), Yuji Horii (game designer), Yosuke Saito (producer), Chikara Saito (director), Takashi Anzai (chief planner), Saito-V (V-Jump editorial department), Dragon Quest X Novice Ambassador, and guests Satoru Akahori (author) and Natsuki Kato (actress).
19:30 – Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2017 Grand Finale – Featuring Ayana Tsubaki, Yosuke Saito, Yuji Horii, etc.
20:00 – Event Closing

August 6

10:00 – Event Opening
11:00 to 11:15 – Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2017 Opening – Featuring appearances by Ayana Tsubaki, Yosuke Saito, and Yuji Horii.
11:30 to 13:45
Dragon Quest Series Special Stage – Featuring Ranze Fukishima.
Dragon Quest Builders Builders School Summer Course – The long-awaited revival of the regular Dragon Quest Builders program, “Builder’s School.” This will focus mainly on the announcement of the best works in a free build contest held for the Summer Festival. The title of the free build contest is “Your Memory of Dragon Quest.” Submit your creations to Twitter with the hashtag “#DQBコンテスト” with a word that describes your Dragon Quest memory. Submissions will be accepted until July 18. Featuring Ranze Fukishima (MC), Noriyoshi Fujimoto (producer), Takuma Shiraishi (assistant producer), Yohei Murakami (PR), and Saito-V (V-Jump editorial department).
Itadaki Street Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Dice On! Stage – To all the Itadaki Street fans, thank you for waiting so long! This stage event will finally divulge details on Itadaki Street Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary. Featuring Ranze Fukishima (MC) and Takuma Shiraishi (producer).
Dragon Quest Rivals Stage – A special stage focused on the smartphone-due competitive digital card game Dragon Quest Rivals! Learn the appeal of the newly announced game, including how to play, and the Dragon Quest characters and monsters that will appear. Featuring Ranze Fukishima (MC), Tatsuhiro Futagi (producer), and Yuusuke Tomita (administrative producer).
14:30 to 15:15 – Dragon Quest XI Special Talk Stage – A special round-table discussion where the creator of Dragon Quest, as well as each producer and the director gather for the Summer Festival. Featuring Yosuke Saito (producer), Yuji Horii (game designer and scenario), Takeshi Uchikawa (director), Hokuto Okamoto (PlayStation 4 version producer), and Kento Yokota (3DS version producer).
16:00 to 19:30 – Dragon Quest X Five Year Celebration Stage
Part 1: Theater Company Inuccoro Produce’s “The Adventurers’ Hotel” – A group performance set in a certain hotel lounge. A live performance themed after those who participated in a Dragon Quest X offline meeting. Written and directed by Syu Hani. Featuring appearances by Ryutaro Ishikawa, Keiko Isobe, Inko-san, Takesho Ooyama, Ibuki Kaneda, Noboru Koizuka, Masahiko Saito, Tetsuro Adachi, Sanae Fuku, Leena, and Miyu Watanabe.
Part 2: Dragon Quest X TV Summer Festival 2017 Special – In addition to the latest information on Dragon Quest X, we’re preparing a number of projects only available at the Summer Festival, with different content on both days. Let’s celebrate five years of Dragon Quest X together! Featuring appearances by Ayana Tsubaki (MC), Yuji Horii (game designer), Yosuke Saito (producer), Chikara Saito (director), Takashi Anzai (chief planner), Saito-V (V-Jump editorial department), Dragon Quest X Novice Ambassador, and guests Takashi Kondo (voice actor) and Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy XIV director and producer).
19:30 – Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2017 Grand Finale – Featuring Ayana Tsubaki, Yosuke Saito, Yuji Horii, etc.
20:00 – Event Closing

Dragon Quest XI Direct coming on June 21, focused on Nintendo 3DS version


NCL and Square Enix have announced a Nintendo Direct for this coming Wednesday. The Direct will focus on the Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI, which is scheduled for a July 29 release. The presentation will be about 14 minutes long and talks about the features that make that version unique.

The presentation starts locally at 20:00 JST, which is 13:00 CET and 7:00AM ET in other locales.



Dragon Quest XI - StreetPass feature detailed, new enemies revealed, more scans


- StreetPass involves mysterious creatures known as “Incarnations of Time”
- players can visit a village where the Yocchi tribe of these creatures live
- scans above show different colored Yocchi fighting with different weapons
- more details coming in the next issue of V-Jump
- eight new monsters revealed:

Slot Machine – A man who wanted to win at the slots, turned into a slot monster.
Drum Goat – A chubby monster and master of the drum. It plays the drum and summons monsters.
Fairy Bat – A bat that takes advantage of its cute appearance to attack its enemies with charm.
Ghost Parasol – Attacks humans who pick it up mistaking it as an umbrella with its sharp claw.
Ebi Metal – A monster whose thick, hard shell protects it like metal, which an ordinary sword stands no chance against.
Drago Bishop – A leader of the dragon world, whose wealth of knowledge makes it a skilled teacher.
Megaton Keil – A monster who makes various poses to show off its muscles.
She-Golem – A golem made of coral, said to have been made as a destructive weapon long ago.

Dragon Quest XI - another round of footage, game goes gold



In some exciting news, Yuji Horii has confirmed that both versions of the game have gone gold. That means they're feature-complete as far as retail copies go, and it's soon off for printing!

Horri also took a moment to go into some new details of the “restricted play” feature, which lets player set various restrictions when playing. We've heard about this feature before, but now we have a look at some new options the mode will give you.

- disable escaping from battles
- disable armor