DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 out now

Build, farm, battle, explore and create a community in this much-anticipated sequel
By Duncan Heaney
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Ok everyone - put on your hard hats, grab your tools and get ready to start construction. DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 is out now!

The new game combines intuitive building, RPG mechanics and a compelling story to craft a unique experience that both newcomers and series veterans will love.

What is DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2?

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 is a block-building RPG that features a compelling story, charming characters and the potential for incredible creativity.

You take on the role of a young apprentice builder who washes up on the Isle of Awakening. With you is Malroth, a mysterious young man who suffers from amnesia.

You’ll work together to explore islands full of resources to gather and monsters to battle. You’ll help townsfolk, develop skills that will help you become a Master Builder, and take on the Children of Hargon - a builder-hating cult that revels in destruction.

What do you do in DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2?

You’ll take the role of a builder, rare individuals who have the power to create and construct. You’ll explore islands, build a community, solve problems for townsfolk, construct buildings, farm for food and battle classic DRAGON QUEST monsters.

…or you could just play hooky from all that heroic responsibility and make yourself a ludicrously oversized palace or something instead. It’s really up to you.

The game has a new story that’s a great entry point for newcomers to the series. That said, if you’re a DRAGON QUEST veteran, you may notice more than a few links to other games in the series.

The game also builds (heh) on the original DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS with a plethora of upgrades.

For example, you can now construct much bigger structures than before, allowing you to create much more impressive creations.

(On that note, you should take a look at the DRAGON QUEST Twitter feed to see some of the truly inspiring things that players have already built in the game.)

This sequel also adds a full levelling system. Your character will grow and develop as you play the game, providing more of a sense of progression and making battles feel much more rewarding.

Traversal’s also been dramatically improved. It’s now much easier to get around, with lots of new movement options, including dashing, swimming and soaring through the sky. There’s also a new first person mode that makes the game even more immersive.

Add on a robust farming system that lets you grow and harvest crops, loads of new characters to befriend and help, a new home base to develop, and better battles and you have a real block-buster of a game.

How to get DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2

You can get a physical version of DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 from retailers including the Square Enix Store.

Alternatively, you can buy the game digitally directly through the PlayStation Store.

As well as the standard edition of the game, you can also get the DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 Digital Deluxe Edition. This includes the Season Pass, which gives you access to three DLC packs after launch - each full of recipes, hairstyles, clothing and new areas to explore.

The Season Pass is also available to buy separately. Here’s what it gives you:

  • Hotto Stuff Pack - gives you more than 40 recipes, so you design and decorate structures in the style of the Hotto Steppe - a popular resting area in a distant land. In addition, you’ll be able to explore an all-new island that contains the materials needed to build these new recipes.

  • Aquarium Pack - There’s something a bit fishy about this DLC. You can visit a new fishing island awaits you, where you can learn how to catch and breed 40 different fish. Not only that, but they can that can be added to your own DIY aquarium. You also get a new fishing rod tool, as well as a new customisation options that fit into the watery theme.

  • Modernist Pack - Bring a little of the 21st Century into the world of DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS. This set provides more than 70 recipes for modern-looking structures, hairstyles and clothing. You can build a luxury hotel, modern condominiums and more!

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 is out now:

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