Dragon Quest Builders For Switch Release Date Announced

Switch players can build their own Dragon Quest adventure when Builders releases early next year.

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Considering the outrageous success of Minecraft, it's surprising that more companies haven't come out and released their own take on the game's signature sandbox style of gameplay. Sure, there have been several clones, but not many of them have stuck around long enough to make any kind of meaningful impact. That's not true for Dragon Quest Builders, however, as the Dragon Quest-themed sandbox spinoff has managed to earn high marks and mine its way into players hearts since its initial release in January of 2016, and now it's about to make its way to the Nintendo Switch.

It's pretty clear from the pitch what Dragon Quest Builders is all about — even a cursory glance at a single in-game screenshot can provide everything players need to know, but for everyone else, Builders is essentially a sandbox-style RPG in the vein of Minecraft but set within Alefgard, the digital realm that will be familiar to fans of the Dragon Quest series. In Builders, players can mine blocks like in Minecraft and put together towns much like in PS2 era classic Dark Cloud, all while enjoying the sort of character and charisma fans have come to expect from the series.

While some players might have had their fill of mining and crafting, Dragon Quest Builders is certainly going to be an attractive new addition to the Switch, a console that's quickly becoming a go-to system for reasonably-new ports. Players won't have to wait long to try it out, either, as Dragon Quest Builders is slated to land on the Switch on February 9. Its sequel, Dragon Quest Builders 2, is also slated to land on the Switch as well as the PlayStation 4, though we don't have any more information on when that game may become available.

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    December 22, 2017 9:00 AM

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      December 22, 2017 9:06 AM

      Might pick this one up even though I could never really get into Minecraft, I think the quest system here might keep me around.

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        January 2, 2018 2:46 PM

        It's a good game. I've been playing it and i never touched Minecraft.

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      December 22, 2017 9:21 AM

      YES!!! Never got around to picking it up for PS4, but I enjoyed the demo. My kid and I will have a lot fun with this.

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        December 22, 2017 9:44 AM

        It is a surprisingly compelling game! I'm looking forward to DQB2,

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      December 22, 2017 9:21 AM

      Cool, heard good things about it. Need DQ11 too.

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        December 22, 2017 10:47 AM

        Praying we get the full recorded dialog treatment like the last one. I never know that only the west got that treatment. The Japanese version didn't have voice overs. The Japanese version of XI doesn't either. So, can't tell if we'll get it or not. But, the lag time seems like they are doing VO and not just text translation.

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      December 22, 2017 9:41 AM

      Uhh what is the release date? I don't see it in the article.

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      December 22, 2017 10:45 AM

      I was so stoked about this title when the Switch was launched. But, I ended up picking it up on the ps4 when it was on sale. Quality game. Visuals take a step down for Switch, but the gameplay will all be there for sure.