It was recently announced that Dragon Quest XI would be getting released in North America on September 4th for PS4 and PC. However, with this news, we also got word that Dragon Quest XI 3DS would not be released in the West at all. Some may find this as no surprise since the popularity of the 3DS seems to be waning when compared to the Switch. However, one little-known feature about this game may have you wishing that RPG giant Square Enix would change their mind about the release.
Dragon Quest XI is the newest and most grand installment in the long-running Japanese RPG series. While you have probably seen promotional videos and screenshots of the PS4 and PC version of the game, I doubt you have seen much of anything about the 3DS version. You see Japan received Dragon Quest XI in July of 2017. Which will mean that Japan will have had the game for over a year before we could ever even touch it.
This is due to the translation process. It takes a considerable amount of time to localize a game and as such this has pushed our release back quite a bit. It is also why Square Enix opted out of localizing Dragon Quest XI 3DS. By the end of the year, the Nintendo 3DS will be on its last leg and might not be worth it to spend all of that time localizing a game that may sell decently here in the States.
But the bigger question is why does this matter? You see Dragon Quest XI 3DS has the ability to cross-save with the PS4 version. Yes! You just read that right! A 3DS game that can cross-save not only with the PS4 version but also the PC as well. This means you could take your save file from the PS4 or PC with all of your items, equipment, and game progress and continue it on the 3DS or vice versa.
This would be the first time a Nintendo game has ever had some kind of cross-save functionality with a Sony game. So how did they pull this off? Well, it’s not through cloud saves or any sort of hardware communication. Instead, the game has a feature that is called the “Spell of Restoration.” When you enter this mode on either your 3DS version or PS4 version of the game it will then generate a password. Once you enter this password into another version of the game you can immediately pick up where you left off.
However, there is still something that makes this feature even cooler. While the PS4 version of the game is absolutely gorgeous with cell shaded realism throughout its graphical engine, Dragon Quest XI 3DS is a complete throwback to the Super Famicom art style with beautiful pixelated sprite work. You can, of course, play the game with a more modern 3D art style, but the fact remains that you can switch to the old school style of the series on the fly and that’s awesome. It also features a more traditional turned based battle system as opposed to the more action RPG battles of the console counterpart.
Another important thing to note is that even though the two versions have unique graphical and play styles they are completely identical games. Everything that you will experience in the console version of the game such as bosses, towns, and areas are all intact in the pixelated 3DS version.
It really is a shame that we are not getting Dragon Quest XI 3DS in the states. This would have been one of the best send-offs that the console could have had. Plus, seeing that cross-save feature in the states might have stirred up more conversation with game fans stateside to ask why other console games are not doing something similar.
I would love to see my progress from Skyrim on the PS4 be able to be transferred to the Switch and vice versa. A feature like that would truly be incredible for the future of gaming. But I wanna know what you guys think. Do you think the cross-platform save feature is a good idea? And are you bummed that Dragon Quest XI 3DS is not coming to the states? Be sure to let us know in the comments and make sure to check out more great gaming news and articles over at WTFGamersonly.