There can only be one. At least, that seems to be the going policy for publishers Square Enix, who have delisted the existing version of the RPG from Steam and other storefronts in favour of . Sure, while it’s probably less confusing to only have one edition of your massive JRPG on store shelves, it’s riled up fans who don’t feel the new edition’s changes are enough to justify buying the game all over again.
I suppose making sure it’s the only edition of the game available to purchase is one way of making something the “Definitive Edition”. Feels a bit cheap though, right?
Aspoints out, there are a few points of contention between the two editions that might cause someone to pick the older over the newer. Due to its roots as a Switch port, there are some graphical differences that some might consider a downgrade. Owners of the old edition are also frustrated at the idea of new content being locked behind the full-price new game, rather than additions to the sprawling RPG they already own.
It’s also rather cheeky considering Square Enix can now resell (largely) the same game for a slightly higher price point. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is now the only edition of the game available on, and the , priced at £30/€40/$40.