Dragon Quest Builders Gets Western Release Date and Trailer

Have Some RPG In Your Sandbox


Journey back to the realm of Alefgard to help the hapless citizens rebuild after the chaos wrought by the Dragonlord. As part of Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary, the Minecraft-esque sandbox version of DQ is making it’s way to North American and European audiences this October.

The story of Dragon Quest Builders follows a “what if” scenario based on the ending of the original game. When the hero is tricked into joining the Dragonlord the land is plunged into darkness and despair. The few remaining survivors of the land are no longer able to understand the concepts of creativity or imagination. Instead they basically wallow in their own ignorance, scavenging to get by until the hero turns up and shows them how to build again.

Silly premise aside, the game looks every bit as lovely as we’ve come to expect of the franchise. The voxel based world blocks don’t distract from the 3D characters or gameplay. The game released in Japan on January 28, 2016 and has been well received. Famitsu even gave it several 9/10 scores.

Dragon Quest Builders will be available October 2016, on PS4 (boxed and digital versions) and the PS Vita (digital only). In addition to the sandbox elements, players can look forward to an overarching main storyline complete with quirky side quests and a whole host of NPC’s to interact with.

The announcement trailer shows off a bit of the new mechanics, with the protagonist designating areas to build back up. Resources are gathered and materials are crafted, pretty standard stuff if you’re at all familiar with Minecraft or even Terraria. Dragon Quest Builders benefits from the familiar world and enemies fans have grown to love.

Check out the trailer below for a look at the upcoming game.


Dragon Quest Builders is available for preorder over at the Square Enix store for $59.99.

Joanna Mueller
Joanna is a lifelong gamer who insisted the Super Mario Bros manual was a bedtime story as a child. Video games took her to a galaxy far far away where she met and eventually married her husband. Now she reads Minecraft books to her own kiddo while finally making use of her degree to write about games like a proper adult. This is her favorite bio on the Citadel.

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