Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest Builders 2, revealing several new features for the game as well as confirming that it’s coming to both PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. It was an all-Dragon Quest event in Japan, a part of a celebration for the franchise’s 30th anniversary. More than one Dragon Quest game was announced, but it was Dragon Quest Builders 2 that stole the show. Specifically, it was the moment it was revealed that Dragon Quest Builders 2 would feature multiplayer.
Several new features were shown during the announcement of Dragon Quest Builders 2, which was done at the end of an extended livestream in front of a live panel. One extended gameplay clip was played and the panel reacted live, adding an extra level of excitement to each reveal. Each reveal was bigger than the previous but then segued into a separate clip for the multiplayer announcement. Three players were working together to build a basic home together, and that was all that was necessary to get players excited.
Several more feature reveals came prior to multiplayer. First came the player breaking away the edge of a small water pool at the top of a mountain. The water, which Dragon Quest Builders players will appreciate, then dynamically poured over the edge of the mountain, creating a waterfall that pooled below. The way the water flowed looked very similar to how it works in Minecraft, which is very exciting considering how water worked in the original game.
Next came a very exciting and surprising feature reveal. As the water poured off the mountain, creating a waterfall, the player leaped off the edge and started plummeting to his death. Only instead he pulled out a blanket/carpet (of sorts) and began gliding, circling around the mountain as the water fell below. The player was able to glide up and down and through arches in the rock with no visible stamina bar ticking down.
The next reveal came lightning quick, as once again the player plummeted to the ground below, putting away his gliding blanket. This time he fell straight into the water, only instead of drowning like in the first Dragon Quest Builders, he was able to swim under the water.
Dynamic water flow, gliding, underwater swimming, and multiplayer are all a part of Dragon Quest Builders 2 and that’s likely only scratching the surface. And perhaps the bigger announcement of added Nintendo Switch support almost tacked on to the other reveals.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 has no currently announced release window but will be coming to both the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. A localization of the game has not yet been announced, which can typically tack on another 6-12 months after the Japanese release date.