Dragon Quest Heroes Comes to PS4 on October 13th

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Dragon Quest Heroes Comes to PS4 on October 13th

For the upcoming Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, we sat down with Ryota Aomi, the game’s producer, to get some behind-the-scenes insight on how the game came to be. Check out our interview below!

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below

Can you tell us a little about how the project came about?

Creating an “action game” for Dragon Quest has been an ongoing idea. Yuji Horii, the game designer and the creator of Dragon Quest, and I challenged quite a few things.

And then Ko Shibusawa from Koei Tecmo (the Chairman of Koei Tecmo Games) reached out and asked us if we wanted to “create a Dragon Quest action game together.” As we came together to brainstorm ideas, we felt we’d be able to create an amazing Dragon Quest action game based on this, and the project took off with our hearts as one.

How did you decide that the game would get an overseas release?

For a while now, every time a new Dragon Quest title is released in Japan, we receive many requests from our fans to release the game overseas. The situation wasn’t any different for this title; as soon as the game was released in Japan, we received a lot of response from our fans.

I think we especially received a lot of interest and support from our overseas fans this time because this game is the first full-on action RPG in the Dragon Quest series.

There were various hurdles to overcome, but we were able to make it happen because of all of you, so thank you very much! Your voices reached both Yuji Horii and myself!

Is there anything you’d like the fans to look forward to?

The main characters and monsters are designed by none other than Akira Toriyama, and they come to vivid life in beautiful graphics, utilizing the PS4 specs to the fullest.

Gigantes, a giant taller than the height of a building, swarms of slimes, amongst many others — not only are these scenes worth seeing for Dragon Quest fans, they are a must-see for those who don’t know Dragon Quest as well!

Furthermore, this game comes with English voiceover, so we feel players will be able to fully immerse themselves in the world of Dragon Quest. Please take in the dramatic cutscenes to your heart’s content!

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If there’s anything you can discuss at this point, can you tell us about the story, characters, and gameplay?

I think there are a lot of people out there whose forte isn’t action games. I, myself, would actually be categorized in the “not so good at action games” group, but the game is designed so that even those types of gamers can fully enjoy the experience; on the development side, we made adjustments to the game until the very last minute.

In addition to the “Quick Controls” that allow players to easily trigger abilities by pushing the buttons consecutively, just like the other titles in the Dragon Quest series, players can develop their characters by leveling them up through experience points and purchasing equipment and weapons by saving up gold. So that those who aren’t so good at action games can also clear the game.

Of course, there are also battles which players who are good at action games can really get into that are quite complex! Zoma from Dragon Quest 3 and Nokturnus from Dragon Quest 6 are very, very strong… Give up all hope. LOL

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below

What does this title mean to you, personally? What title or series has influenced you the most?

Dragon Quest was the game I liked the most in elementary school, and starting with the first Dragon Quest on the NES, I grew up with the series in real time over the years. I feel extremely blessed to be involved in such a title. It’s because of this that we developed this game with everything we had so that it doesn’t fall short of everyone’s expectations.

There are many people who love Dragon Quest on the Koei Tecmo development team, and the development environment was really full of love for the series.

Alright, thanks for joining us, Aomi-san! Everyone here is looking forward to the game, and we can’t wait to play it ourselves!

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below comes to PS4 October 13th, 2015. You can pre-order to get the Day One Edition, which includes the Slime Weapon Set!

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  • So many PS4 exclusives not shown at E3 PResser. Why is this?

    Anyway can’t wait. Hope thise game doesn’t make the same mistakes as hyrule warriors expecting me to read while in combat. Voice Acting for the win.

    • Ikr. This is something fans have been begging for, but they wait until after the show? Smh. Sony needs to rethink their priorities.

    • It’s not really all that complicated to figure out. Sony prioritized AAA titles for their presentation, the ones that have potential to sell millions and in effect, more consoles.

      Games like Star Ocean, Dragon Quest Heroes, other jrpg’s, and other games we would’ve loved to have seen in their presentation don’t have the potential to hit the level of sales that say, Call of Duty or even that Destiny DLC will achieve.

    • Their publisher/Developer wanted something to announce at their conference. Square actually had one this year.

  • i thought this one is also coming on VITA?

    • woops. nvm. its dragon quest heroes 2 that is also headed to vita.

    • Considering this one came out on PS3 in Japan and they’re not bothering to give us that version as an option to purchase, why would you thing they’d bring the 2nd one to the Vita in the US?

    • I too am also saddened by the news that this title will not be released on VITA.

  • I’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating: we can never have enough Dragon Quest!

  • So much coming to PS4 this year and beyond :D

  • Preordered the collector’s edition the day it was announced. :)

  • Why no multi-player? This game just screams 4 player co-op online/offline.

  • I want Final Fantasy Warriors of Light.

  • ThreeLeggedFreak

    I mentioned this in the other blog, but it’s worth repeating here:

    No one cares about this Mussou stuff. Give me DQVIII HD remake and DQXI or don’t bother bringing this crap here.

    • You would be patently incorrect.
      I for one plan to get this game, but couldn’t care less about the others you mentioned.
      Just because you don’t care about something doesn’t mean it shouldn’t exist for others to enjoy.

  • Subsided_Assasin

    Awful lot of critical.comments, i for one am.really looking forward to this game, i hope eventually you’ll bring a JRPG Dragon Quest to PS4 but that doesn’t change my excitement for this game which I’m ecstatic you decided to bring West in the first place. Square Enix is the one of the best companies ever.

  • Where are the PS Vita games? :(

  • Preordered the Collector’s edition the moment it hit the SE Store. all i gotta say is as a big fan of the DQ series, im just glad we are finally getting something. While i would have loved DQX, or the remakes on 3ds, this will have to do in hopes to send a message that we need more DQ games here in the states!

  • So excited for this game!!!

    On another note – I am hoping that Square-Enix will hear my plea:

    Please release Dragon Quest VII and the Dragon Quest Monsters remakes for 3DS in the west.

    Even more than those I would love to play Dragon Quest X even if only for PC!

    You have very loyal and dedicated fans in the West as well and we are very vocal! Please consider us and localize these great games.

  • Really glad to see we are getting SOME form of Dragon Quest over here. Really hope we see VII 3DS and Dragon Quest X at some point in the future. Heck you guys can just release DQX on pc digitally and all you have to do is translate it. No physical game shipping required.

    Wishful thinking aside, can’t wait for Heroes!

  • I’m very excited about this! Thank you for bringing this to the USA. I’ve been a Dragon Quest fan since I first got my NES. Please continue to bring more DQ titles to North America. I would love to see a US release of DQ VII and VIII for the 3DS.

  • I like this super crisp Nintendo like art style. I was impressed with the early Japaneese footage of the game. I hope your game is a big hit the U.S. If it wasn’t for the PS Blog I would have never known about this game. Thanks for sharing.

  • I’d rather have Dragon Quest 7 as a ps1 classic than this abomination.

  • Oh Good God Yes.

    More Dragon Quest is never a bad thing.

  • Oh my, same release date as Rainbow Six Siege. I’m hoping that this game will turn out to be a very much improved version of the Dynasty Warriors games.

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