Known for his work creating the Dragon Ball franchise, artist Akira Toriyama's iconic designs take the spotlight in the latest Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age trailer. The famed artist's signature designs have given life to the Dragon Quest series since its origins in 1986. This fall, the latest entry in the Dragon Quest series will finally see a worldwide release.
In a recent statement issued in the Dragon Quest 30th ~ And Now Towards a New Legend ~ TV special and translated by Crunchyroll, Toriyama addressed his work on the Dragon Quest series:
Really, if I had known that it would still be going on after 30 years, I don't think I would have taken the job! Honestly, if I had known how long it would last, I would have politely declined. I'm not good at doing the same thing over and over again.
Designing characters for Dragon Quest is fun but difficult work. Nowadays, there are a lot of people working on the series, and all of the ones responsible for designing characters are good and serious people, so I don't have to do as many designs. I'm personally not terribly interested in designing wholesome characters, so I don't have many variations to offer.
But don't worry. I've undertaken this work with the full principle of my being, and so this time with Dragon Quest 11, I'm also endeavoring to design with all of my might. It will be a little while still before it's ready to be released into the world, but please look forward to it.
Take a look at Toriyama's designs in motion in the latest Dragon Quest XI trailer.
The eleventh entry in the mainline Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XI, much like its sister RPG series Final Fantasy, serves as a standalone experience. It tells the story of a young man who learns that he might be the reincarnation of a hero who saved the world from the forces of darkness in ages past, forces which once again seem poised to invade the lands of Lotozetasia. In an effort to learn more, he departs to the capital to learn more of the ancient hero and his own potential future. Unfortunately, the king seems to have other plans for would-be heroes.... From there, the story takes off with all of the flourishes one might expect from a seasoned JRPG.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age releases for PS4 on September 4.
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