Dragon Quest XI’s OST has Different Arrangements on PS4 and 3DS

Dragon Quest XI composer Koichi Sugiyama has given some new details about the differences between the RPG’s PS4 and 3DS versions.

When talking about the RPG’s soundtrack, Sugijama-san announced that while both games will have the same songs, the two versions will have their own specific arrangements.

It’s unknown what the differences between the versions are, but all will be revealed in the coming months, as Dragon Quest XI launches in Japan later this year. With a western version hopefully soon to follow.


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  • Mr0303

    That’s kind of strange. Maybe one version will be more in line with the action gameplay and the other will be slower.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    More like Midi for 3DS and Orchestral for PS4.

  • ProfessorFluffy

    I had the same thought at first, but the 3DS version having two styles for graphics makes me question the possibility of a midi soundtrack. If I were to play while focusing on the 16-bit display, midi music would be great. On the other hand, a midi soundtrack while focusing on the more modern display may not mesh well.

  • Joakim Mogren

    Considering the localized 3DS ports of VII and VIII, I fear we may be getting MIDIs for both versions regardless of what happens.

  • Feniks

    MIDI?! What year is it…

  • bdp

    And then we find out the western version has synth music instead of orchestral.

  • catazxy

    Idk, perhaps the crazy Switch will take the ps4 version, I can’t imagine myself playing the 3ds one when the ps4 version looks so much better…I’m not talking about textures or graphics here, but the animations and controls…

  • Eugenio Gil de la Madrid

    Maybe that’s the case for the Nintendo version and orchestrated for sony?

  • AuronZanark

    Dragon Quest XI never had an orchestral soundtrack. Japan got MIDI for Dragon Quest XI. The 3DS ports of VII and VIII were published by Nintendo.

  • Joakim Mogren

    Yeah, I was really assuming that a mainline DQ console installment in 2017 would release with an orchestrated soundtrack, especially after VII and VIII receiving that treatment on 3DS, but I guess I was wrong.
    It seems odd that such a beautiful title would still use the same MIDIs as a PSX game, but whatever. I’m looking forward to the game regardless, and its one of the biggest reasons I’ve set my sights on a PS4 over a Switch.

    As for the 3DS localizations of VII and VIII, rumor is that we didn’t get the orchestrated soundtracks due to something with Koji Kondo and copyright. No confirmation of course, but there would be no reason for Ninty to just remove the improved soundtrack if copyright wasn’t the problem.