With today marking the 30th anniversary of the Dragon Quest franchise, Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest Builders will be releasing in North America and Europe in October 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. It will be a retail and digital title on PS4 ($59.99 USD), with the PS Vita version digital-only.
A sandbox action RPG, Dragon Quest Builders tells a “what if” story following the original Dragon Quest, where Alefgard was destroyed by the evil Dragonlord after the Hero accepted a deal with him. Awoken by a Guardian Spirit as the Legendary Builder, you play as a boy or a girl who must rebuild the world.
Here’s what Square Enix says about the gameplay:
Dragon Quest Builders is a sandbox action RPG where your imagination is the limit! Everything plays out in real time and the world is made entirely of blocks (although it may not look that blocky) and you can use these blocks to build pretty much whatever you want. Building is easy and can be done in three steps:
- Plan what you’re going to build!
- Gather your resources!
- Begin construction and create your masterpiece!
There is an overarching main storyline to follow in Dragon Quest Builders so if you want a narrative to get attached to and pull you through, that’s in there too. It wouldn’t be a Dragon Quest game without one after all! Oh and there’s plenty of quirky side quests and NPCs to give you that full RPG experience, just with the additional sandbox gameplay and monsters to battle as well.
Although Dragon Quest Builders also saw a PS3 release in Japan, Square Enix didn’t mention it in the Western announcement.
[Source: PS Blog]