Publisher Square Enix has released gameplay footage of its coming title “Dragon Quest Builders,” which combines the series’ classic Japanese role-playing game (JRPG) elements with game mechanics found in “Minecraft.” The footage was revealed in a “Dragon Quest” press conference where Square Enix also announced several games for the series, including “Dragon Quest X” for the PS4 and Nintendo 3DS.
Much like “Minecraft,” the entire game world of “Dragon Quest Builders” is made out of blocks after it was attacked by the Dragon Lord, so it’s up to the player to find new materials with a hammer and rebuild the world. According to a report from Siliconera, hammering most of the blocks seen in the game’s world can lead to new materials for building like wood, snow and dirt, among other things.
While players will eventually be able to make their own villages and castles, the game doesn’t start off that way, as the protagonist is equipped only with a hammer and some simple materials. Building isn’t the only aspect of the game, as players will have to fend off monsters while looking for materials to make items and buildings.
The combat is in real time, unlike most games in the “Dragon Quest” series that rely on a turn-based combat system, and players will be able to take on a variety of enemies like dragons and mages, along with classic enemies like the Slimes and Slime King. The combat will rely on actual movement and attacks instead of a menu-based system where players simply press attack or defend.
Players will also be able to take on foes with a sword along with the ability to jump and dodge enemy attacks. Interestingly enough, players will be able to use the game’s building blocks as a means of self-defense against long-range attackers.
Gematsu reports that “Dragon Quest Builders” will be available in Japan during the winter season for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. So far there’s no word on a Western release date, though “Dragon Quest Heroes” proved that fan demand can lead to an American version.