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Dragon Quest Walk is a new Pokémon Go-style game with a potentially major caveat

The game enters beta in Japan next week, with a full release in 2019.

Published onJune 3, 2019

One of Japan’s most iconic video game series is joining the ranks of Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and Minecraft Earth with a new AR game called Dragon Quest Walk. But before you get too excited, it may not make it to the West any time soon.

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Square Enix announced the new mobile title via a live streamed event earlier today. There was only a short gameplay demo, but it appears to offer the classic Dragon Quest charm that fans of the JRPG series have come to expect. You can watch the full livestream here.

Dragon Quest Walk features a Pokémon Go-style map with Slimes and other monsters spawning randomly to battle. There are story-related locations and landmarks to explore, as well as dungeons with powerful boss monsters. You can even set up and decorate your own house to your liking.

The game is set to enter beta on Android and iOS next week, but only in certain regions of Japan. It will see a full release some time in 2019, but for now there is no news on whether or not that release will be limited to Japan. This should come as no surprise to fans of Dragon Quest, given the series’ long history of lackluster success in the West.

Unlike Final Fantasy, Square Enix’s other JRPG smash hit series, Dragon Quest games haven’t evolved much over time, staying true to the classic JRPG formula of turn-based battles and text-heavy storylines in a fantasy setting. Dragon Quest Walk doesn’t stray too far from this, but the AR angle could be just what the series needs to capture new fans across the globe.

What do you think about the prospect of a new Dragon Quest AR game? Let us know in the comments below!

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