Dragon Quest Builders 2 Game Ships in Japan on December 20
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Square Enix revealed during a live streamed announcement on Wednesday that it will release its Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaigami Shidō to Karappo no Shima (Dragon Quest Builders 2: God of Destruction Malroth and the Empty Island) game in Japan on the PlayStation 4 and Switch on December 20 (31:40 in video below). The video also revealed gameplay footage for the game (21:32 to 31:02 and 42:01 to 1:00:44 in video below).
Square Enix also began streaming the game's opening video in two versions, with one featuring the male protagonist, and the other featuring the female protagonist.
Koei Tecmo is assisting the development of the game by working on its action.
The first-print copies of the game's physical and digital versions will include the "Slime Tower" recipe. The digital release of the game will include two content packs available after launch, as well as the "Yūbon Sunglasses" costume item. Those who purchase the game through the PlayStation Store and Nintendo eShop will receive the "Heroes Pixel Decoration" recipe set. Various retailers will offer different "Crest Block" bonus items. Those who purchase through the Square Enix e-Store will receive an origami set.
The game will take place in the world of Dragon Quest II, and takes place after the events of the game.
In the new game, after Hargon's death, a religious organization rose in his place and inherited his will, and the peace brought by Hargon's death started to crumble. The goal of the organization was the destruction of the world. The organization begins to destroy towns and castles in places all over the world, and not much remains of the lives of the people. To this organization, the Builders are a hinderance and must be eradicated. The organization captures the protagonists and throws them in jail.
In the game's story, the protagonists wash ashore on "Empty Island," surrounded by rotting casks and driftwood. As the name suggests, there are no people, no towns, and no houses on the island. There is, however, an unnatural shrine-like object atop a rocky mountain.
Toriyama also designed the game's character Malroth. Malroth is the name of the final boss from Dragon Quest II. In Dragon Quest Builders 2: Hakaigami Shidō to Karappo no Shima, Malroth will serve as an ally to the protagonists, although he has amnesia.
The new game will also feature the ability to swim underwater, to have water on top of high locations, and to make waterfalls.
Square Enix released the first Dragon Quest Builders "sandbox action RPG" on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita in January 2016 in Japan.
The game is set in Alfegard, the setting of the original Dragon Quest game. The story follows an alternate ending of the game where the hero accepts the Dragon Lord's offer to rule half the world. The player takes control of a new hero to rebuild the land.
Square Enix released the first game in North America and Europe on the PS4 (digitally and physically) and PS Vita (digital only) in October 2016. The game received a release on the Nintendo Switch in North America on February 9 and in Japan on March 1.