Another legendary Japanese game franchise will be following in the footsteps of the massively popular Pokémon Go. Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest Walk, a new mobile game in the vein of Pokémon Go.

Little has been revealed about Dragon Quest Walk so far. From the looks of it, the game will feature many of the franchise’s iconic monsters scattered throughout the world with the magic of Augmented Reality (AR), including the likes of slimes, King Slime, those walking skeletons, rock titans, dragons, giant squids, and more.

A glimpse of actual gameplay footage at the end of the Dragon Quest Walk trailer shows that the mobile game will still retain the franchise’s traditional turn-based gameplay, with what looks like four members in the player’s party (which is also a mainstay mechanic of the franchise).

According to the official website (via Gematsu), here’s the official description for the game:

Dragon Quest Walk is a location services-based game for smartphones. Become the protagonist and walk around the real world, which was become the world of Dragon Quest, to move forward on your adventure in an RPG like no Dragon Quest before it.

Walk the fields and talk to the townspeople while moving forward on your quest. Battle against various monsters, grow, prepare your equipment, and even challenge formidable enemies…

The Dragon Quest that has appeared on game consoles in the past has finally made the leap to the real world. Now, set off on your adventure!

Last year’s Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age was my personal favorite game of the year in 2018 and for various perfectly good reasons. Check out my review of what I deem to be the best JRPG experience in years.

Dragon Quest Walk is slated to release for Android and iOS devices in Japan later this year. Square Enix has yet to reveal when or if the game will ever be released outside of Japan. With a spinoff game sequel and a big-budget animated movie on its way, the franchise will remain alive and thriving for years to come.

In the meantime, check out the Dragon Quest Walk trailer below.


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