Last week, Square-Enix held the Dragon Quest Summer Festival at the Tokyo Big Sight. During the various stage presentations, several announcements were made: Dragon Quest Builders 2 is in development, and coming to the Nintendo Switch, Square-Enix has shipped more than 3 million units for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, and Dragon Quest I to III are coming to the Nintendo 3DS!
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest Builders is basically Dragon Quest meets Minecraft, though with an actual Story Mode. The first one wasn’t released on a Nintendo platform, but its sequel, announced that the Dragon Quest Summer Festival, is coming to the Nintendo Switch! Logically called Dragon Quest Builders 2, it will feature various new features (including a highly-requested one).
For starters, Dragon Quest Builders will have multiplayer for up to 4 players: it was one of the most requested features for the original, though a rather strange omission to begin with. Square-Enix also showed footage of the protagonist swimming underwater, and flying in the sky.
Here’s a few off-screen pictures:
Unfortunately, Square-Enix didn’t share a release date or even window for the game, but it’s already been added to the Upcoming Games page!
Dragon Quest I, II, and III
During the Dragon Quest Summer Festival, it was announced that Dragon Quest I, Dragon Quest II, and Dragon Quest III were all coming to the Nintendo 3DS as downloadable titles (on the Nintendo eShop). Here’s the release date and price for each game:
- Dragon Quest I: August 10th, 600 Yen
- Dragon Quest II: August 10th, 850 Yen
- Dragon Quest III: August, 1 500 Yen
With those three releases, the Nintendo 3DS becomes the only platforms where all mainline Dragon Quest games are playable:
- Dragon Quest I – Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo eShop
- Dragon Quest II – Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo eShop
- Dragon Quest III – Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo eShop
- Dragon Quest IV – Nintendo DS retro-compatibility
- Dragon Quest V – Nintendo DS retro-compatibility
- Dragon Quest VI – Nintendo DS retro-compatibility
- Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past – Nintendo 3DS remake
- Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – Nintendo 3DS remake
- Dragon Quest IX – Nintendo DS retro-compatiblity
- Dragon Quest X – Nintendo 3DS version (that uses the cloud)
- Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
The Upcoming Games page has been updated!
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Last week, we got the very first sales data for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age in Japan, and they’re pretty good with over 2 million units for both versions of the game (not counting digital sales). And it looks like second week sales were also pretty good!
Yesterday, Square-Enix announced that total shipments for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age in Japan had topped 3 million units in Japan. Of course, that’s for both versions, and that includes digital sales. However, there’s a catch: 3 million is the amount of units shipped to retailers + units sold on digital storefronts such as the Nintendo eShop.
Therefore, it’s safe to say that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age hasn’t quite sold 3 million units yet, but it definitely isn’t that far from that milestone. Now, it remains to be seen whether it will manage to top 4 million units sold, and eventually outsell its predecessor (Dragon Quest IX, with over 4.4 million units).