Dragon Quest Builders launches 14th October, Day 1 Edition detailed

Plus, full box art revealed for upcoming RPG spin-off

Get ready to build for fun, adventure and to save the world because Dragon Quest Builders is coming to PS4 and PS Vita on 14th October, 2016! Today we’re announcing the Day 1 edition of the game and below you can see the all new (and wonderfully colourful) box art for Dragon Quest Builders too!

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In Dragon Quest Builders you gather materials, craft items and build everything you can imagine in a sandbox world packed with memorable characters and dangerous monsters. This is all set in a unique Dragon Quest story, so let’s quickly go over the story to get you all up to speed.

Generations ago, the realm of Alefgard was plunged into darkness by the terrible and treacherous Dragonlord, ruler of all monsters. Mankind was robbed of the power to build and forced to wander the ruins of their former home, scrounging and scavenging in the dust to survive.

Now it’s up to you, a Legendary Builder chosen by the Goddess herself, to return the power of creation to the people and rebuild Alefgard. Only when the wonder of imagination has been returned will mankind be able to overthrow the evil Dragonlord once and for all!

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Now that you’re all up to speed with the story, let’s talk about what you get in the Day 1 edition of Dragon Quest Builders.

The Day 1 edition comes with a voucher code to unlock three exclusive recipes for unique building materials which can be used in Terra Incognita (Free Build) Mode. The recipes are:

  • Springtide Sprinkles Recipe – An item that allows you to transform trees into festive Cherry Blossoms and soil into comfortable straw floor blocks
  • Slimy Block Recipe – Allows you to craft delightful blocks adorned with cute blue Slimes! (The blocks aren’t actually slimy but they are super cute!)
  • Gold Block Recipe – Allows you to show off your opulent side with blocks made of pure gold!

You’ll have access to these recipes as soon as you start up Terra Incognita Mode (which is accessible after you complete the first chapter of the main story) but you’ll still need to gather the raw materials to craft the items but you can make as much as you want so long as you have enough raw materials. Then you can build all sorts of amazing creations!

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So that’s the Day 1 edition of Dragon Quest Builders! If you’ve got any questions, then feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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Hope you’re looking forward to Dragon Quest Builders which is coming out on 14th October for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Don’t forget to pre-order the Day 1 Edition to make sure you don’t miss out!

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PS4 gets a physical release, good. But what about PS Vita ? Retail, or digital only ?

supersmith2500 20 July, 2016 @ 16:15

Digital only for Vita.


Luckily there will be R3 version of it with English subs. At least Square Enix Asian division respect their fans.

madmanwithabox12 20 July, 2016 @ 16:26

Digital gaming isn’t a sign of disrespect…

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Not a big fan of building games, but it is Dragon Quest after all, so gonna get it day 1. Also it’s a pretty neat box-art. Is the Vita version retail or digital only? If retail im totally double dipping for an easy on-the-go game!
Now.. Where’s Dragon Quest Heroes 2 and the proper Dragon Quest game?! :P

Daniel Seto 20 July, 2016 @ 16:50

Dragon Quest has a very unique look and playful style so we wanted to make sure we captured the feeling of both Dragon Quest Builders and the Dragon Quest franchise in the box art but also slightly modernise it in some ways.

The Vita version is a digital only release and DQ Builders is a proper DQ game!

madmanwithabox12 20 July, 2016 @ 16:14

So is the bonus content not on Vita? Why?

You keep saying PS4 & Vita in the post and then telling everyone to get the Day 1 edition that’s only on PS4…


It’s Square Enix… for a long time they didn’t even remember that there is system called Vita. I remember getting surveys from them about what system I own… Vita wasn’t included.

So aye, it’s easy to forget about Vita fans of SE when all you see is money.

Daniel Seto 20 July, 2016 @ 16:46

The Vita version of DQ Builders will have everything the PS4 Day 1 Edition has so don’t worry :)

madmanwithabox12 20 July, 2016 @ 16:48

Thanks for clearing that up Daniel. How does the bonus content work on Vita? Is it automatic through PSN? Or is it a timed thing?

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Do I get it right? No physical version for Vita even though Minecraft is the most popular game on the Vita system… which btw was released with physical edition here in Europe.

Man, Square Enix loves to hate Vita owners.
-Adventures of Mana released without any announcement (did buy it, close to platting it by now)
-I am Setsuna not localised for Vita (even though developer contrary to what you Dan say, never mentioned that they are too small studio.. they said more or less -if there will be swell of demand they will think about it- and since than twitter is flooded by people asking it to localise it on the right system.
-Dragon Quest Builders – as a digital only.

Good thing that at least World of Final Fantasy will have retail release… though it would be nice if you would show some material from Vita version… go on, don’t be ashamed of it. It’s one of the few good decisions SE Europe made.

madmanwithabox12 20 July, 2016 @ 16:42

Setsuna isn’t very good on Vita, digital gaming isn’t going to hurt you and stealth releases happen all the time on every platform. Relax.


Setsuna has slightly longer loading time on Vita… that’s it.

Don’t believe everything you read over the internet.

If you want to discuss (always open for discussion you can PM me), no point in spamming thread with our argument right?

madmanwithabox12 20 July, 2016 @ 16:56

Discussion requires rationality and a willingness to accept new ideas (like, shock horror, digital distribution!).

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madmanwithabox12 20 July, 2016 @ 16:36

Just so that the comments aren’t full of whining entitlement, I’ll add that I’m definitely interested in trying the game. It’ll be my first Dragon Quest title. With World of Final Fantasy out so imminently afterwards though, I don’t think this will be getting quite as much play time out of me – especially since Trails of Cold Steel II will be out by then. Poor release timing really. Still, it might be a nice little time-waster when i’m not looking for something as story-centric as Trails or WoFF.


“whining entitlement”

oh so much hate.

Anyway ignoring jabs, as you are fresh to the series. I highly recommend you checking out Dragon Quest VIII first. Really great game, great story, great music, battle system and… well… Akira Toriyama. Though I’m not sure whethere you can buy it on PS4 (via PSN), though you can buy it physicaly (yes one of advantages of retail release) and play it on PS2.


I don’t think you understand what entitlement means… There are way too many people throwing this word around like it’s some sort of argument insta-win. People are annoyed there is no supply where there is demand, it’s kinda simple really. I don’t do physical, don’t like to swap cards/discs around, but with how sony and others treat digital distribution I am not surprised people want a copy that they can keep. Especially when some regions get it…

Daniel Seto 20 July, 2016 @ 17:27

Glad to hear you’re looking forward to DQ Builders madmanwithabox12! There’s a lot of great games coming out at the end of the year but it’s always fun to take a break and just build something sometimes.

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Daniel!! Why don’t Square Enix have more Dragon Quest merch in their EMEA store? I needs it man ^^

Also about the game, can’t wait to buy it again and see what the localisation team has done with it. Really enjoyed everything about it…well one thing still bugs me. Why do the blacksmiths/DQ bodybuilders sleep with their eyes open? Why? :|

Daniel Seto 20 July, 2016 @ 17:24

Sadly I only work on the video games and not on the merch but I’ll let the team know that you want more merch on the EU store!

DQ localisation is usually really good, so I can’t wait to see the new jokes and puns in the English version. I won’t ask why you’re watching the blacksmiths sleep though…

Thanks for being an awesome Daniel.
Really appreciate your efforts to communicate with us. <3

So we are only getting a day one edition or will there be a Collectors Edition later?

I am waiting to see before I preorder.

Daniel Seto 20 July, 2016 @ 17:29

There will not be a Collector’s Edition for DQ Builders so there’s no need to wait to pre-order the game



I will preorder now. Can’t wait for this.

ApocalipticGhost 20 July, 2016 @ 17:33

The Japanese boxart was really good with that Toriyama artwork, but i love our boxart, its really neat, loving it. You did a fantastic job there :D

Also loving that preorder content, i think only got the cherry trees one with my Japanese copy. Can’t wait to play this in Spanish, and more given how goo’d the DQ translations have been so far.

Daniel Seto 20 July, 2016 @ 17:42

Toriyama-san’s art is a really important part of Dragon Quest so we wanted to stay true to the original Japanese box art while updating it for the West. Glad you like it :D

I’m looking forward to seeing all of the DQ Builders puns in the game!

dark_angel69 20 July, 2016 @ 17:35

I’ve never played Dragon Quest before so this will be my first! Can’t wait to start building stuff.

Daniel Seto 20 July, 2016 @ 17:40

Hopefully this will build a loving relationship between you and the Dragon Quest franchise (and maybe some slimes too) ;)


This game looks great.

Shame about lack of a physical vita version (the Japanese release looked wonderful – especially that Slime Vita!)

Still, a digital version is better than no version at all.

Any idea what the UK pricing will be for Vita?

reggyx3clover 21 July, 2016 @ 03:55

“Still, a digital version is better than no version at all”

I strongly agree to that sentence

HomessaHomem 20 July, 2016 @ 18:53


lizziebear66 20 July, 2016 @ 19:07

Looking forward to playing this game


Hey Daniel.

Really loving I Am Setsuna, thanks for bringing it to the west. I am also really looking forward to DQ Builders. Can i ask if more DQ games are coming our way?

ApocalipticGhost 20 July, 2016 @ 22:38

Im not Daniel, but i can answer that :p
For now we’ve got two more DQ games coming, the remakes of Dragon Quest VII and VIII for 3DS.
Maybe in some months we’ll get Dragon Quest Heroes 2 on PS4 and PSV, but nothing confirmed about it yet.



Thank you for your help. Very happy with the answer :)

Dan, can you answer how many Gb/Mb the game file and saves/map data take up for Vita?

That’s going to be a big consideration when choosing whether to buy it digitally or import the physical Asia region release as my 64Gb memory card is down to its last few Gb left.

ApocalipticGhost 20 July, 2016 @ 22:35

The game is about 250mb, according to its japanese PSN store page. (PS4 version is about 700mb) Keep in mind that the international version might be a bit bigger due to multi-5 text.
As for the file saves, i can only speak about the PS4 version. i have around 15 saves in total (3 for chapter + 3 more for free mode) and it takes about 200mb.

reggyx3clover 21 July, 2016 @ 03:52

Thank you so much for bringing the Vita version, personally I don’t mind about the digital and release stuff because having it localised is more than enough for me. What’s the size of the game for the Vita version?

ManikwithaNine 24 July, 2016 @ 05:33

What is the difference between this and Minecraft?
You can’t copy another game and sell it for more coz it’s dragon quest!
I ain’t buying it!

ApocalipticGhost 26 July, 2016 @ 13:44

It has story, has more charismatic enemies and looks better.

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