A Minecraft clone it certainly is not.

The upcoming role playing game Dragon Quest Builders will be releasing early next year and since its first mention on TVL in July, developer Square Enix have been desperately attempting to distance itself from comparisons to Minecraft. Of course similarities can be drawn with its art style and crafting heavy gameplay, but the latest story details, courtesy of Famitsu, showcase just how different each games narratives are.

Once you have defeated the first Golem boss in the starting continent, you’ll be taken to the next continent named Rimuldar. Fans of the first Dragon Quest game will be familiar with this name, as it is also the name of the town that can be found on the southeastern continent of Alefgard.

Rimuldar used to be a prosperous continent, but it is now plagued by a sickness. Luckily a nun named Eru wants to make a hospital to assist people struck down by the sickness. As the protagonist, it will be your job to assist Eru with the creation of the hospital. Once it is up and running, more people will come to the continent.

You’ll also need to keep an eye out for a character known as “Old Doctor Gen”. He will be able to help with the running of the hospital, but there is something he needs to do before returning to town.

Enemies of Rimuldar include caterpillars, as well as the much more sinister sounding Tearwolves and walking corpses.

With keen eye on interesting story and varied exploration, it is clear to see that Dragon Quest Builders will be a much different beast than its crafting counterpart Minecraft.

Dragon Quest Builders is set to release on PS Vita, PS3 and PS4 on January 28th 2016 in Japan. Keep checking back to TVL for all the latest Dragon Quest news.

  • Lester Paredes

    That sounds like just the impetus that I need to get into this style of sandbox game. It’s directionless nature is my only gripe against minecraft, yet simultaneously, also it’s biggest praise.