Square Enix has just released a new collection of screenshots for Dragon Quest XI, which is releasing next year on PS4, 3DS and Nintendo Switch. The pictures reveal some key visual differences between the high-resolution PS4 version and the portable 3DS version, with similar locations and characters obviously appearing quite a bit less detailed on the small and low-res screens of Nintendo’s nearly six-year-old handheld. On that system, they’re also sporting decidedly more chibi, old-school proportions — like the sort seen in this year’s remake of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past.
As you can see via the gallery below, while there are obvious differences between the two editions, the overall look is still very much that of a traditional Dragon Quest game, complete with Akira Toriyama’s iconic art style and a palette made up of every color of the rainbow.
Interestingly, the 3DS version of Dragon Quest XI will feature two different modes: 2D and 3D. In the former, the world will take on the pixelated appearance of one of the series’ old NES games, with a top-down perspective on the overworld and a first-person perspective in battle. In the latter, the game will appear closer to the aforementioned Dragon Quest VII remakes, with chibi-proportioned 3D models. Apparently, you’ll be able to choose your preferred style at the beginning and be able to switch at certain points during the adventure.
Tell us, how’s Dragon Quest XI looking so far? Are you hoping the game is eventually announced for a Western release? If so, which version would you play? Let us know what you think in the comments below and as always, stay tuned to We Got This Covered for the latest on the Dragon Quest franchise and the JRPG genre as a whole.