Dragon Quest 11 Announced for Xbox Series X
The critically acclaimed JRPG, Dragon Quest 11, has just been revealed to release on the Xbox Series X. Originally releasing on the PS4 and 3DS, Dragon Quest 11 has made its way onto the Nintendo Switch and now, the Xbox Series X. This also happens to be the first time a Dragon Quest game will be released on an Xbox console. The game will release on December 4th, 2020.
This is a huge move for Microsoft, since the Xbox isn’t generally known for JRPG’s. Sony has Persona and Ni No Kuni, Nintendo has Xenoblade and Shin Megami Tensei, but Microsoft doesn’t really have their own JRPG’s. While Dragon Quest 11 isn’t exclusive to the Series X, it shows Microsoft is willing to crack into the JRPG market. Since Microsoft is an American company, they don’t have as much influence in Japan as companies like Sony and Nintendo.
Should you buy it?
Dragon Quest 11 is a very long game. According to GameFAQs, the average time to beat the game is over 80 hours. Many people prefer the Switch version since they can play it wherever they want, which is an advantage for such a lengthy game. However, the Series X is a next-gen console, meaning Dragon Quest 11 will likely run the best on it. Despite the game having a cartoony art style, there’s a chance that they may implement ray tracing into the game. As such, the game will most likely have no problem running at 4K 60FPS. If you’re an Xbox person and you want to get into the JRPG genre, Dragon Quest 11 is the perfect game to start with. Unlike games like Madden, the Dragon Quest franchise takes years to work on a new sequel in the series, ensuring polish and quality.
Even though Dragon Quest 11 isn’t for everybody, it’s super exciting to see Microsoft make a move like this. The release sparks more questions than answers: Will there be more JRPG’s? Will there be exclusive JRPG’s? Only time will tell, but it’s time for Microsoft to run with Sony and Nintendo in the JRPG race.