With today marking the 30th Anniversary of the Dragon Quest franchise, Square Enix took to the PlayStation Blog to announce the news that we’ve all been waiting to hear – Dragon Quest Builders is coming to PlayStation Vita’s in North America and Europe this October!

Dragon Quest Builders’ story is a ‘what if’ story set in the aftermath of the original Dragon Quest. In this timeline, the hero from DQ1 accepted a deal with the evil Dragonlord rather than slaying him – plunging the world into despair and darkness. The few inhabitants of the land that survived have been scattered throughout the world, no longer able to understand the concept of creativity and settling for a life of sifting and scavenging through what remains in the ruins of the land.

It is here where Dragon Quest Builders begins, when the protagonist (who can either be male or female) is awoken by a Guardian Spirit and given the title of the Legendary Builder. This makes you the only person in the land who has the knowledge to create objects through both imagination and combination – meaning it is up to you to restore former glory to this land that has been ravaged by darkness!

Gameplay wise, you can expect Dragon Quest Builders to combine the classic Dragon Quest RPG formula with the endless possibilities of the crafting available in Minecraft to make a sandbox action RPG where only your imagination is the limit.

If you want to build something, there are only three steps to achieve your dreams;

1. Plan what you want to build
2. Gather the required resources
3. Begin building to create your masterpiece

Unlike Minecraft, Dragon Quest Builders has a storyline, so don’t worry about this game losing the magic that a Dragon Quest narrative brings. There will be plenty of side quests and NPCs to meet to ensure that this game still offers a full, RPG experience.

When the game does release in both Europe and North America this October it will only be available as a digital download from the PlayStation Store, with the game coming to the PlayStation 4 both digitally and physically also.
Check out the announcement trailer for the game below, and let us know in the comments whether you are looking forward to being able to play Dragon Quest Builders on your Vita – I know I am!

  • Ichigo Yoite

    this game is great! But no physical release T_T

  • Archbreaker

    Hey hey! That is just superb news! 😀 It’ll be a blast to play on the Vita. I am disappointed that there is no Vita release, but the fact that the game will be getting a western release on the Vita is great news enough for me. 🙂

  • Ogerscherge

    Heck yes! 😀

  • gamezalv

    F**k yeah!! I really wanted this game to get localised, but knowing SE I thought we’ll only see a ps4 version and a steam port. It’s kinda surprising that they are localising the vita version. Anyways, vita fans you definitely need to buy this game physical or not. Show SE that the vita is still alive in the west…i.e. if you want any future games from them.

  • Chizu

    Too bad no Physical, but will definitely pick this up.

  • Andromeda

    I´ve never played Minecraft (only demo) or a DQ game but I always been interested, specially in DQ so I might as well just get this and get the best of both worlds I guess. Obviously it sucks that there won´t be a physical edition but it´s becoming standard with the Vita, so I guess we gotta adapt to this predicament. Anyway let´s just hope it won´t be too heavy on our MCs.

    • Buckybuckster

      From what I’ve been reading, it has a very small file size. Only 250MB. It’s kinda sad. I have 5 memory cards (lost the 6th one) but I have multiple 2GB+ games I haven’t played yet because I refuse to give up the card space to download em’.

  • Lester Paredes

    I’m just glad the Vita didn’t get the shaft!

    • Buckybuckster

      I think I’ve developed the same love/hate relationship I once had with my beloved Sega. One week they would do something that would have me cursing their name. Next week they’d do something to make me fall in love with them again. SO happy they are at least coming through on this one! Seems that they are also working on the western version of Romancing Sage 2 also! So we have at least 3 SE Vita games on the way. NEVER thought I would see the day!

  • Buckybuckster

    Now that this one’s in the pipeline, time to announce a western DQH2 for Vita SQ! HA, the DQ theme has always been a tune that gives me the warm fuzzies!