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Minecraft-Inspired Dragon Quest Builders Is Coming To North America This Fall

by Kimberley Wallace on May 27, 2016 at 03:00 AM

Today, Square Enix confirmed that Dragon Quest Builders is headed West this fall.The announcement news aligns perfectly with Dragon Quest's 30th anniversary. Dragon Quest Builders is heavily inspired by Minecraft, but lets you recreate the world of Dragon Quest with its familiar characters and monsters. In it, you must rebuild Alefgard, which has been destroyed by the infamous Dragonlord.

At TGS 2015, the game made my localization wish list for its fun progression that comes from building up the world Dragon Quest style. As you create more places and items, more NPCs will appear in the world. Crafting also plays a big role, allowing you to create new items for your buildings. And, of course, you will fight iconic Dragon Quest monsters that will provide some of your crafting ingredients. Get ready to see plenty of slimes roaming the landscape. 

Dragon Quest Builders is set to release in October on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, but the Vita version will only be available digitally.


Our Take
As a big Dragon Quest fan, I enjoyed Dragon Quest Builders when I saw it at the last TGS. It was fun to see how different Dragon Quest elements get incorporated into this world you're building. There's no denying its Minecraft inspiration, but that's not a bad thing. The Dragon Quest series never sold in North America the way it did in Japan, so I'm happy to see Square Enix taking a chance with it here. Maybe it will help some younger gamers get into the series.