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Dragon Quest 11 coming to PS4 and PC on September 4, but Switch owners will have to wait

Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age will release for the PS4 and PC via Steam this September, publisher Square Enix has announced.

The highly anticipated large-scale RPG will arrive in North America and Europe on September 4. This follows a successful launch over in Japan last year where the game won a perfect score from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu and the Platinum Prize at PlayStation Japan's end-of-year awards.

Square Enix has also confirmed that the Nintendo 3DS version that launched in Japan won't be released in the West at all, while the previously-promised Nintendo Switch version will remain missing-in-action for at least a while longer as that version of the game is still far from finished.

The loss of the 3DS version is in particular a bit of a bummer as it included a neat SNES RPG style 2D top-down perspective as well as 3D action, but the PS4 version is still a gorgeous, sprawling game which the publisher say has 100 hours of content.

On top of everything included in the Japanese version the new Western release will include 'Draconian Quest', essentially a hard mode, completely overhauled menus and an improved user interface, a first-person camera mode, a dash function and other general gameplay improvements. You can see some first footage of the Western version in action above.

The game will also include a full English-language voice-over localization. That's new for the main series in general - even the Japanese version didn't include voice-over.

Dragon Quest 11 was confirmed for a Western release back in June, but now we have a date. The Switch version has been talked about for a long time, but it's still yet to see the light of day.

Pre-orders are already live, and those who pre-order on the PS4's PlayStation Store will nab an exclusive Dragon Quest console theme as an instant bonus, while they'll also get additional DLC items once the game launches.

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Alex started out his career in the games media as an over-eager kid working on fan sites, and now has decades of experience. He's the resident expert on esoteric matters such as Pokemon Go, gaming hardware, and genres like RPGs, fighters, and strategy games. Outside of VG247 he's the co-founder of genre-dedicated website RPG Site. He also collects original arcade machines, Lego, and considers himself a whiskey buff.

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