Some might be dismissing the goofy Dragon Quest Builders as Square Enix’s lame attempt to cash in on the Minecraft phenomenon, but they’d be wrong for doing so. For one, Dragon Quest has a history of turning out quality cash-grabs on fads, not cheap forgettable shovelware, and two, Square Enix has tapped an excellent creative mind to get the project done.
Kazuya Niinou might not be a household name, even for fans of Japanese games, but his credits include some impressive hits during his time at Atlus like Trauma Center, 7th Dragon, and most importantly, the first game in its excellent Etrian Odyssey series. Since 2012, he has been working as an assistant developer on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, another huge feather in his cap.
Needless to say, he’s got some excellent titles to his name that should make him right for the job. Niinou confirmed his involvement in the game on his Twitter account.
It might seems just like a Minecraft rip-off, but Square Enix is promising an original story that falls in the timeline before the first Dragon Quest game. It’s not the RPG we want here in the States, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. Plus, if Square Enix decides to give this one the cold shoulder too, at least we have an easy option to beat the region-lock.
Keep this one on your radar, Dragon Quest fans. It will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita.