Today, during a livestream from its headquarters in Tokyo, Square Enix showcased new footage of the upcoming JRPG Dragon Quest XI S for Nintendo Switch.
We saw the presentation of the Japanese voice actors of quite a few supporting characters. The Japanese track will appear (at least according to the current info) only on the Switch version of the game.
You can check out the footage below.
Funnily the protagonist’s crying voice during the cutscene in which he’s shown as an infant will be the voice acting debut of Ayumi Tsunematsu’s baby son. Tsunematsu-san herself will play the High-Priestess of Angri-La.
After that, we finally got to see new gameplay, even if unfortunately the quality of the footage was low due to the game being played in a smallish window within a 720p livestream.
Interestingly, this time around we get to see both the 3D mode which is similar to the PS4 version, and the 2D mode that is close to the option offered on the 3DS version of the game, and to classic Dragon Quest gameplay.
The footage shows how companions follow the main character around during gameplay, how it’s possible to talk to them directly, and how we can switch between classic and orchestral soundtrack via the menu.
More elements showcased are the ability to dash, a bell to call the protagonist’s horse, and a battle speed setting (normal, fast, and fastest).
Last, but not least, we get to see the fight against Vince Vanquish.
Interestingly, at the end of the livestream, we also heard through a message by series’ creator Yuji Horii that a voice drama will be released as a DLC for the game. More information will come in June.
Dragon Quest XI S is coming west in the fall of 2019.
If you don’t want to wait for the Nintendo Switch release, the game is already available for PS4 and PC, without the additional bells and whistles.
You can also watch the full recording of the livestream below.