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[Review] Dragon Quest Builders

Posted on 10 hours ago by (@LyonHart_) in Reviews, Switch | 0 comments | 0 Likes

System: Switch
Release date: February 9, 2018
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Nintendo


Dragon Quest has always been one of those series that’s remained niche for some reason, despite having a long and seminal history within video games. Throughout its many installments, we’ve seen Dragon Quest branch out and explore genres outside of its familiar RPG style. Dragon Quest, unlike some other properties that have a myriad of spinoffs, has actually adapted into these other genres rather fluidly, and the addition of Dragon Quest Builders adds to the list of awesome titles that hold their own outside of the main series, bringing a Minecraft aesthetic to the universe. While it may look like Minecraft at a glance, at the end of the day this really is just another Dragon Quest RPG, only with an emphasis for building and crafting. It’s an amazing mechanic that works to its favor, and with a storyline and vibrant worlds to keep you busy from chapter to chapter, Dragon Quest Builders is a game that’s very difficult to put down whether you’re familiar with the series, genre or not.

During its Dragon Quest Builders ‘Builders 100 Landscapes Contest: The Road to Builders 2’ broadcast earlier today, Square Enix debuted brand new footage of Dragon Quest Builders 2. We’ve included the relevant recording below.


Square Enix also revealed that if you have data from the first Dragon Quest Builders, you can bring it over to the sequel, though we don’t know the extend of this just yet. Specifics will be announced at a later date.

You may recall Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda mentioning a couple of months ago that Switch “is a very attractive and platform”. Matsuda reiterated this is the latest issue of EDGE.

Matsuda was asked by the magazine how Square Enix’s games have done on Switch thus far. Though it hasn’t been out long, their games “haven’t done badly”. Matsuda added that many people within Square Enix “are looking to make games for Switch.”

Last week, Japanese magazine Famitsu published a fairly lengthy Project Octopath Traveler interview. Producer Masashi Takahashi from Square Enix and director Keisuke Miyauchi from Acquire were brought in to discuss the Switch exclusive.

One point mentioned is how the team started this project with Tomoya Asano, the chief producer who also worked as producer of the Bravely series. The primary concept is “going on a journey.” The player would choose one of the eight protagonists, role-plays as them, and freely has a journey with the world.

Dragon Quest Builders is out now on Switch. For a look at the game’s launch trailer, continue on below.

Square Enix has provided some background information about two regions in Project Octopath Traveler. New details have been published about the Highland and Sunland regions.

Here’s the full rundown:

Highland Region

A mountainous region located at the southeastern part of Olstera continent. It was occupied by the Holnberg Kingdom, which despite having a proud history for 200 years, was destroyed eight years ago due to internal strife. Since then, warlords had been fighting each other in order to obtain control, which continues to this day. In the high and steep mountains, the main industry is cultivating vegetables and fruits suitable for dairy and highlands life. Also, they have started producing parchment from high-quality timber, and they have towns like Stonegard which have a gathering of book factories.

Sunland Region

A vast desert region located at the southern part of Olstera. It has been a subject of repeated conquests and subjugations by twelve tribes over a small oasis. However, about 100 years ago, the Yashum tribe from Marsalim Town worked to form a truce among the tribes. They became united as the United Kingdom of Tribria. Since then, the people vote every four years to decide on a king from one of the tribes. The current king is Karim, the leader of Yashum tribe.

Square Enix released a new set of screenshots for Project Octopath Traveler today. We have them in the gallery below.

GameStop has revealed a pre-order bonus for Dragon Quest Builders. If you reserve the game, you’ll gain access to exclusive Slime DLC.

GameStop is offering the following:

– King Slime Light
– Slime Eyes and Mouth
– Slime Light

The items above will work in Dragon Quest Buidlers’ free-build mode.

You can pre-order Dragon Quest Builders at GameStop here.

Square Enix announced Dragon Quest Builders 2 during the Dragon Quest Festival last August. While not confirmed, it’s possible that we’ll be getting an update this month.

On February 16, Square Enix is hosting a “Builders 100 Landscapes Contest: The Road to Builders 2” broadcast. This will cover details on a contest involving the Switch, PS4, PS3, and PS3 versions of the original game.

The broadcast’s description doesn’t specifically mention any new information about Dragon Quest Builders 2. However, based on the title, there could be some news.

Source

GameXplain held a live stream earlier today to show off Dragon Quest Builders on Switch. Take a look at an hour of footage from the final game below.

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