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!