Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website published a preview of the Dragon Quest XI S ~The Special Starting Book~ book last week, and it revealed that the the one-shot manga that Hiro Mashima is drawing for the game will debut in the October issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine on August 21.
The manga will center on Erik (Kamyu in the Japanese version of the game) and will tell a story of before Erik met the game's protagonist.
The game launched for both PlayStation 4 and PC (via Steam) in North America and Europe last September. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, the Switch version of the game, will launch on September 27 worldwide. The original game shipped in Japan for PS4 and Nintendo 3DS in July 2017.
Square Enix describes the game:
A young man, about to participate in his village's coming of age ceremony, heads off to the top of the local lookout point alongside his childhood friend. After a series of unexpected events, this intrepid adventurer learns he is the reincarnation of a legendary hero from a forgotten age.
The young hero sets forth into an unknown world on a journey to unravel the mystery of his past…but the welcome he receives is far from warm.
Upon revealing his identity to the King, the hero is branded as “The Darkspawn” and hunted by a relentless army.
Fleeing from his pursuers, the hero assembles a band of endearing adventurers who believe he is actually the Luminary reborn. He and his newfound companions embark on a quest that will take them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.
The game has shipped 4 million copies worldwide, including digital download copies.
Source: Shonen Jump+