Dragon Quest XI, the latest entry in one of the most storied series of RPGs, did not feature voice acting when it released in Japan last July. This is traditional for the series, but unusual for the majority of RPGs. Developer Square Enix announced today that when Dragon Quest XI releases in the Americas, Europe, and Australia, it will feature a full English audio track.
This isn't the first time a situation like this has happened for the series. Dragon Quest VIII was also voiceless in its Japanese release, but boasted full English dialogue when it was localized a year later. A Japanese voice track was finally recorded for DQVIII when it was ported to 3DS in 2015.
The localized version of the game will also feature several improvements over the original release, such as a Hard Mode, dash button, Camera Mode, and brand-new menus and UI. The pening movie and some gameplay can be viewed below:
Dragon Quest XI will be available for PS4 and PC on September 4, 2018. A Switch port is currently in the works, but is apparently a ways off. The game's 3DS version, which was released simultaneously with the PS4 edition in Japan, will unfortunately not be localized.