Dragon Quest XI S Launches In Japan Next Year For Nintendo Switch

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

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The Nintendo Switch port of Dragon Quest XI will launch in Japan sometime in 2019. Dragon Quest XI S was officially unveiled at December’s Jump Festa 2019 with a trailer, and is to include optional Japanese voiceovers, something missing from the PlayStation 4 and PC original.

Dragon Quest XI was technically the first game ever announced for Nintendo Switch back in 2015, when the system was still referred to under “Codename NX”. The 11th installment in the long-running series previously launched on PlayStation 4 and PC, as well as a Japan-only 3DS version. The delays to the Switch version came down to development delays regarding Unreal Engine, Square Enix said.

The Japanese voice cast, a first for the Dragon Quest mainline games within Japan, will include Kouki Uchiyama (Erik), Maaya Uchida (Veronica), Sora Amamiya (Serena), Masaya Onosaka (Sylvando), Mugihito (Rab), and Ami Koshimizu (Jade). The last Dragon Quest to feature voice over work was the international release of Dragon Quest VIII in 2005.


Square Enix promises more details about Dragon Quest XI S on New Years Day, January 1st 2019. A YouTube live stream of the port will also broadcast in January, featuring the franchise creative talents of Yuji Hori, Hokuto Okamoto, and more.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.