Square Enix and Koei Tecmo are once again planning to make bank on a Musou-style Dragon Quest action game. The previous Dragon Quest Heroes was a huge hit in Japan, selling well over a million copies to a relatively small console consumer-base. Not only that, it also handled itself nicely with critics here in North America, being spared the barbs that are often reserved for Musou-action games.
If we’re going on first impressions here, I don’t like the new characters. They have a teeny-bopper, spunky feel to them that greatly contrasts with the classic design of the heroes in the original. Here are Square Enix’s official descriptions.
A proud novice knight. A military cadet in Gywall studying abroad at neighboring country Orenka’s military academy. He is a passionate guy who is always energetically racing ahead. He fights wielding dual blades.
A fighting female class president. A military cadet in Gywall and Razel’s cousin. She provides some levelheadedness to balance Razel’s tendency to race ahead.
A prince and commander-in-chief of the army. The Prince of Gywall and childhood friend of the protagonists. He is adored for his personality, but unmanageable when he loses his temper.
The dependable “big sister”-type to the protagonists. A warrior who serves King Zebion. She is famous as the “red female warrior” who uses a giant ax. She is cheerful and reliable.
Ugh, “class president anime characters.” Akira Toriyama clearly phoned these nerds in while slamming his head against a desk trying to figure out how to drag Dragon Ball Super out for a few more episodes. In that regard, not a whole lot has changed from the 90s, huh?
That’s fine, because the real stars of Dragon Quest Heroes are all of the classic characters that show up from the older games. We sadly don’t get to see any of them in this first batch of screenshots.
However, that isn’t to say that it is totally devoid of charm. Dragon Quest Heroes II stars the dumpy King Zebion who clearly needs to compensate for his short stature with an absurdly large castle. It’s a stark contrast to the hulking King Doric from the previous game, a man who let his muscles do the talking and presided over his kingdom from a relatively smaller abode.
And I just love the Healslime in his evil dictator hat. Dragon Quest… why do you gotta melt my heart like that?
Dragon Quest Heroes II launches in Japan this year for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita.