Square Enix has confirmed that Dragon Quest XI won't just be exclusive to Japanese gamers when it releases. Game designer Yuji Horii gave Western gamers and fans of Dragon Quest a ton of hope when he revealed that the game will be heading West.
According to a message posted by Horii on the Dragon Quest YouTube channel, he revealed that the game is currently undergoing the localization process to appear in Europe and America...
What's interesting is that there's a slight subtitle change for the game's name. In Japan it will release as Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time but in the West it will release as Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.
It's a minor change but it may be related to the way the phrasing works in Japan compared to how most Westerners interpret the original intentions in English. That's not to mention that "In Search of Departed Time" requires a little bit of thought to figure out what it's actually referring to, which seems to relate to an epoch lost or some sort of time lapse that took place that needs to be recovered. The Western phrasing is definitely more metaphorical but also somewhat straightforward, seemingly relating to events echoing from an "elusive" or mysterious age.
Both subtitles somewhat make sense in the context of the latest Dragon Quest game, given that it does deal with the main character having to recover his lost memories and his place in the world. It's a common anime and JRPG trope, but it's also a staple in unfolding a story about self-discovery and triumphing over great odds.
The game's July 29th release date in Japan means that those in the East will be able to play it at their own convenience while those in the West will have to wait until 2018. The game is available on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS.
As Horii points out in the video, there's a lot of localization that has to be done, so you won't be seeing it on store shelves in the West any time soon.
There was also no word on if the Japanese version and Western version for the Nintendo Switch would launch together, or if it would also be a scattered release. A lot of fans have been wondering if the Switch version will have the 3DS' more old-school PSX-style graphics or if it will have the HD visuals present in the PS4? We'll just have to wait and find out what Square has in store as the game moves closer to its Western release.