When Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age was announced for PlayStation 4 earlier today, existing Dragon Quest XI players on Sony's system wondered whether they'd have to buy the game again. S is essentially a definitive edition of the role-playing release. It packs in new story content with additional gameplay modes, a fully orchestrated soundtrack, and more. But can people who already bought the original Dragon Quest XI simply upgrade to this new version of the game? Sadly not.
As revealed on the title's official Japanese website (as translated by BlackKite) there is no upgrade for existing Dragon Quest XI players on PS4. In other words, if you want to experience all the new stuff, you're gonna have to buy Dragon Quest XI S.
Supposedly, one of the reasons for this is because Dragon Quest XI S on PS4 is a port of the Nintendo Switch version, which launched in 2019. The official website reads: "[Dragon Quest XI S is] a port of the Nintendo Switch version, so the graphics are not the same as they were for the original Dragon Quest XI on PlayStation 4. Please note, however, that the resolution and frame rate are at least as good as they were for the original PlayStation 4 release."
In other words, it seems as though this re-release is going to carry over the graphical downgrades of the Switch version. Baffling stuff from Square Enix, and the publisher wants existing PS4 players to pay full price for it all over again.
What do you make of this? Are you willing to buy Dragon Quest XI again, or is this a deal breaker? Gather your party in the comments section below.