Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest Builders is currently in development and will be released on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita in Japan this winter.
Information regarding the game is scarce at this point, but according to a Google translation of 4Gamer, our assumption of it being a Minecraft-like game may be correct as it’s being deemed a “block make RPG.” If that doesn’t scream “Minecraft clone,” then we don’t know what does.
One thing we notice is Square Enix appears to be focusing on combining the blocky world of Minecraft with high-res characters and enemies populating the world. The main character, dragon, and other various enemies appear to offer a much higher-quality look to them when compared to how blocky Minecraft's characters look.
There’s no word on whether or not Dragon Quest Builders will get a western release, but considering how immensely popular Minecraft is here, we wouldn’t be surprised if it does shortly after its Japanese launch.