Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest Builders 2 will be released for the PS4 and the Switch. However, the company has refrained from announcing any release date for the game.
What’s new in Dragon Quest Builders 2?
Dragon Quest Builders 2 was revealed last weekend at the Dragon Quest festival in Tokyo, Japan. The second version of the game will have features that were nowhere to be seen in the original version. For instance, there will be sloping platforms, and players will be able to create waterfalls. The new game will also have the option to swim underwater. Players will also be able to travel quickly via the new hang glider.
In the previous version, players were cast as a legendary builder chosen by the goddess. The player was responsible for crafting items, gathering materials and, with the power of creation, battling the Dragonlord to bring peace to the disturbed kingdom. During the event, Square Enix also walked the audience through the multiplayer gameplay, in which a maximum of four players will be able to build and adventure together.
Bringing the fantastic Dragon Quest Builders to the Switch means that either the game maker will have to redesign the Phyre Engine, which was used for the first Dragon Quest Builders, or it have to get another engine, such as Unreal Engine 4, notes Forbes. Phyre Engine was made by Sony and used for PlayStation-type hardware. Therefore, going ahead with the same engine for the PS4, PS3 and Vita made sense.
Square Enix was always clear about its intentions of launching Dragon Quest Builders on Nintendo’s platform, even at the time when the portable home console was known as the Nintendo NX, notes Nintendo Insider. At the time, the game maker stated that it was “committed to bringing more Dragon Quest titles in the West.” Dragon Quest XI will be released to the West in 2018, the game maker confirmed recently.
What else is coming from Square Enix?
In addition to Dragon Quest Builders 2, Square Enix also talked about several other titles during the Tokyo event. Dragon Quest’s fourth major expansion was released at the event. The expansion dubbed “5,000 Year Journey to a Faraway Hometown Online” will be released in Japan on November 16 for the PS4, PC, Switch and Wii. The game will cost around 3,800 yen, notes IGN.
In addition to this, card battle game Dragon Quest Rivals will also be released on iOS and Android in Japan, followed by the PC version toward the end of the year. In addition, Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest II will be available on the PS4 and 3DS in Japan starting August 10 at prices of 600 yen and 850 yen, respectively. Dragon Quest III, which will be available for 1,500 yen, will arrive later in the month.
At the event, Square Enix also revealed that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has done incredibly well, selling over 3 million copies. Even more interesting is the fact that during the fest, the Square Enix team shared the original character orders for Dragon Quest XI, which was sent from the development team to character designer Akira Toriyama, notes Gematsu.