Hokuto O & Masato Y: We paid a great amount of attention to making sure that there was nobody in the party who was not needed (so all the characters could be used). On the mechanics side, we took care with various things, such as making sure that all the characters would be roughly the same level etc.
Our player’s favourite characters vary tremendously and are completely split within the development team too, so we are always asked about it!
Hokuto O & Masato Y: I believe that there are definitely Xbox owners who want to play RPGs out there, so I would love for those gamers to first play this game as an introduction to the Dragon Quest series.
Hokuto O & Masato Y: It sounds corny when you say it, but I would like to make Dragon Quest a game that stays a classic JRPG experience, but also has an originality that surprises and delights people around the world.
Unfortunately, the time I had to ask questions was really brief, and I wasn’t able to get more in-depth with the creative side of the series. For example, one question I’ve always had in mind is how these games inspire the imagination. In 2016 I was in Japan for the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest, and one of the things I remember most was a series of massive oil paintings depicting some epic scenes from the early Dragon Quest games, next to the same scene as a screenshot from the game. I was reminded that for those early Dragon Quest games players were invited to use their imagination to help set the scene and drama.
I suspect that this 16-bit mode that is in the new version of Dragon Quest is a response to that – the developers acknowledging that Dragon Quest is one of those rare series’ where people like to “fill in the blanks” for themselves as much as they like having a creative vision laid out in front of them. Unfortunately, I wasn’t about to draw the Square Enix team to comment on this.
Nonetheless, Dragon Quest XI S is very much worth playing if you haven’t yet, and coming in right at the end of the year, it’s the ideal Christmas holiday season project. Let us know what you think of the game if you have played it already!
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