Square Enix announced that Dragon Quest Builders was getting a sequel. The Minecraft-esque sequel game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 at some undisclosed time in the future.
Polygon is reporting that the announcement from Square originally came during a Japanese live-stream panel at the Dragon Quest Festival in Tokyo, Japan, where the designers were on stage to talk about the upcoming Dragon Quest title. They revealed that Dragon Quest Builders 2 would be coming to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, but didn't roll out any release dates or even a release window for the game.
However, we did get to find out some really cool stuff about the sequel when it comes to gameplay mechanics and new features. For one, the developers have added an all new way to explore the seeded worlds of Dragon Quest Builders 2, including being able to swim. While swimming is standard-fare in most games, the swimming in Dragon Quest Builders 2 actually allows you to dive deep into the water, going all the way to the bottom of the ocean. You will likely need some special gear to stay under water for any extended period of time, but this also opens up some really great possibilities, such as spelunking and discovering hidden caves buried under the sea. You'll have to be careful how you dig, though, water can seep into open spaces.
Yes, it's true... you can build out crevices, pools, or even waterfalls by opening up an area and allowing the water to flow out. Physics-based water sloping is now a thing in the upcoming Dragon Quest Builders sequel.
Additionally, getting around the map has also been vastly improved. Instead of relying on ground based vehicles, players can acquire a cape and use it as a wind-glider, not unlike the way Link would para-sail in the newest Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild.
The developers demonstrated leaping off a tall cliff and using the glider to slowly race through the wind toward the ground. This could make for some really cool moments where you may need to outrun some baddies or reach a plateau in mid-air or perform some other harrowing, gravity-defying feat in the game.
Also, one of the biggest new additions to Dragon Quest Builders 2 is something borrowed right out of Minecraft: expanded multiplayer. It's now possible to have up to four players cooperatively work together and build things in a single shard. The developers briefly demonstrated four player characters handing each other blocks and quickly building up the basic foundations of a house in a matter of seconds. It revealed just how quickly players could construct things within the game world by working together.
It's really interesting to see how Square is diving in on the emergent gameplay sector, following suit behind Mojang's Minecraft in order to create something that offers similar gameplay but with a Dragon Quest twist. The company also has the recent Dragon Quest XI for gamers to experience, which has garnered quite a bit of attention for its graphical art-style and gameplay. Both Dragon Quest Builders 2 and Dragon Quest XI are also due for release on the Nintendo Switch, so it will be interesting to see how well those games sell on Nintendo's hybrid console, in addition to being available on the PS4.