Dragon Quest Builders 2 developers discuss multiplayer, production status
A few tidbits from Weekly Famitsu.
The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu has an interview with Dragon Quest Builders 2 producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto and director Kazuya Niinou, who share a few new bits of information on the upcoming sequel.
Get the notable tidbits below.
- Development on Dragon Quest Builders 2 was decided because the first game was a success. Square Enix received many requests from fans, as well as for elements that could not realistically be done.
- In terms of specific requests, there were things like wanting to circulate water from high places and to be able to build even higher. A lot of people also asked for four-player multiplayer.
- Currently, you can build at three times the height of the original game.
- If a sequel was going to be made, Square Enix wanted to minimize hardware limitations and make it properly. For that reason, they went with PlayStation 4 and Switch.
- The PlayStation 4 version of Dragon Quest Builders 2 will be able to import save data from the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or PS Vita versions of the original Dragon Quest Builders, and the Switch version of Dragon Quest Builders 2 will be able to import data from the Switch version of the original Dragon Quest Builders. Doing so will get you a special bonus, which is the same across platforms.
- While Square Enix currently cannot say much about multiplayer, they are thinking about ways to make it more than just “being able to play with others.” They think they will be able to offer a playground of some sort.
- Production is currently “a series of trial and error,” and “it doesn’t feel like there is time to spare.” It is also mentioned that “updating the game engine is causing the game design to take more time.”
- As for the story, nothing can be said at the moment outside of the fact that “a traveling comrade / boy named Malroth” will appear. Many people associate Malroth with Dragon Quest II, but you will not have to know anything about the story of Dragon Quest II.
- Square Enix cannot currently say if Dragon Quest Builders 2 has a connection to the original game. However, it will be safe to play Dragon Quest Builders 2 without playing the original game.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is in development for PlayStation 4 and Switch. A release window has yet to be announced. Currently, a release is only confirmed for Japan.
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