Once upon a time, the Xbox brand was anathema to Japanese developers. Most major Japanese franchises (like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest or Tekken) would skip it in favour of consoles by Nintendo or Sony.

That’s not the way anymore.

Whether it’s through the changing times or the almost limitless coffers of Microsoft (money talks and everybody listens!), Japanese companies aren’t shy about making their games for the gaijin console any more.

Yakuza then Final Fantasy…and now Dragon Quest. Playstation stalwarts are slowly going multiplatform, which is a great thing…despite the lamentations of the fanboys.

It’s true that Dragon Quest XI isn’t exactly a new game, but many (me included) have yet to play it. I’m not going to lie, it being free on for Xbox Game Pass subscribers means I’ll be more likely to play it because I don’t need to shell out the cash. I’m betting there are tons of others like me who think the same too!

It’s both a coup for Microsoft and its incredibly awesome Game Pass program.

So what does this new, upgraded version of Dragon Quest XI (called Dragon Quest XI S) bring? Here’s are the details, straight from Square Enix’s latest press release:

  • New character side stories – Get to know your fascinating cast of companions more than ever with individual side stories and adventures.
  • Retro 2D mode – In addition to stunning 3D you can also choose to play in 2D with retro inspired graphics of classic 16-bit RPGs.
  • 16-bit World of Tickington – Journey to past DRAGON QUEST worlds full of additional side-quests reimagined in the retro style.
  • Japanese audio – Choice to play the entire game with all-new Japanese voice over or the original English.
  • Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack – Ability to switch between the symphonic soundtrack or the original synthesized soundtrack as you travel the world of Erdrea.
  • • Photo mode – Immortalize your adventure with the perfect image. Rearrange characters, set different poses, change angles etc. are just some of the features available in Photo Mode.

With Dragon Quest XI S (and if rumors are to be believed, Final Fantasy VII Remake) headed to the Xbox and PC, it’s a great time to be a gamer, no matter what platform you’re on!

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition hits December 4 2020.

Ibrahim's a hardcore gamer and Star Wars fan. He's obsessed with Obi-Wan Kenobi, even claiming that he's a descendant of the fictional Jedi Master. Other than that delusion, Ibrahim's pretty down to earth, collecting figures and buying games he'll never finish.