Old school role-playing game lovers, rejoice! Sort of. As hinted at over the summer, a little more information regarding the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI was dropped yesterday during the Tokyo Game Show.

Wall Street Journal Tech Reporter Takashi Mochizuki broke the news that Dragon Quest XI has sprouted a  new letter in its name for its upcoming Switch debut. No release date was revealed, but Mochizuki reported that the “S” in Dragon Quest XI S stands for a few things:

… S, according to developers, indicates “Switch” “Special” “Character voices (shaberu, in Japanese) as well as “Initial of voice actor(s)”. “But S doesn’t mean small,” the firm says.

That “character voices” comment is important to note. While the western release of Dragon Quest XI features plenty of voices, the game was without any recorded dialog in Japan.

Given the series’ penchant for gigantic adventures that can balloon beyond 100 hours, the developer’s last statement could be taken in multiple ways. The additions for the Switch addition could add hours of gameplay. It also could hint at the game’s potential file size. NBA 2K19 currently clocks in as Switch’s beefiest game at almost 32 gigabytes. The Switch port of Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire is coming in second place at over 27 gigabytes. Could the latest in Yuji Horii’s over-30-year epic series end up the biggest Switch game to date?

When will Switch owners get to find out?


Dragon Quest XI released in the west earlier this month on PlayStation 4 and Windows. The game has already been available over a year on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS in Japan, where it had moved more than 3 million copies by the end of 2017. While that’s a lot of folks who have already experienced the epic RPG, the Switch continues to dominate sales both in Japan and around the world. Also, as both Nintendo and Square Enix have continued to prove, there is a very large and hungry market for special editions, re-releases and updates on classic games.

Are you holding out on purchasing Dragon Quest XI until it finally comes out on Switch? Let us know in the comments!

John Dunphy
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He's written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.

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