During a 90-minute conference that took place this morning in Japan, Square Enix has officially announced Dragon Quest XI for PS4 and 3DS. In addition to these versions, Square Enix states that Dragon Quest XI is also "under consideration" for release on Nintendo NX.
Dragon Quest XI marks the return of the mainline series to PlayStation platforms more than a decade after the release of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King on PS2. The PS4 version of the game uses the Unreal Engine 4 and is being developed by Square Enix with the help of Orca, while the 3DS version is being developed by Square Enix and Toy Logic. Despite these versions being distinct from one another, they will both be based on the same story.
The PS4 version of the game promises to deliver an experience similar to Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. Fans can expect the traditional Dragon Quest style presentation in never seen before detail, but also a huge open world for players to explore.
On the other hand, the 3DS version will make use of the handheld's two screens to offer players two different viewing modes, one in 2D and one in 3D. Players will be able to choose between playing the game in classic 2D or enjoy the action in 3D, the outcome is the same.
You can check trailers and screenshots for both versions of the game below. Dragon Quest XI will launch in 2016 on both systems. Regarding a possible release in the west, Square Enix states that they are considering it as they have done with other Dragon Quest titles.