Today, on the first day of the Jump Festa 2018, Square-Enix made a couple of announcements regarding the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest Builders, which was initially announced during the latest global Nintendo Direct, back in September.
The first one: the release date. Dragon Quest Builders on Nintendo Switch will be released on March 1st in Japan, and will cost 4 800 Yen + taxes. Players who buy the game early will be able to get the following bonuses: early recipes for Slime Eyes and Slime Mouth. There are other bonuses for purchasing the game at specific retailers, with Amazon offering a Slime Lamp, and Aeon offering a King Slime Lamp.
If you’re looking forward to play the game on Nintendo Switch, you will be glad to hear that a demo version is actually coming “soon”: it will be released in February in Japan. Unfortunately, we don’t know if there will be an English language option or not (it will most likely depend on how close the western release of Dragon Quest Builders is to the Japanese one).
But that’s not all: during the presentation, it was announced that Dragon Quest Builders 2 would offer bonuses to players who transfer their save data from Dragon Quest Builders, though we don’t know what exactly for now.
We also got additional details about the game, and a reminder about the Great Sabrecub in Free Build mode. It not only boosts your speed, but it also allows you to get materials by defeating enemies while riding it. But that’s not all: using a new item called the Dragon Quest Cartridge, you will be able to place blocks that looks like the “tiles” from the original Dragon Quest game.
Here’s a trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest Builders, that shows the new elements and the Slime mouth + eyes at the end:
Also, here’s the recording of the livestream:
Dragon Quest Builders (Switch) comes out on March 1st in Japan, and in Spring in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!