Dragon Quest Heroes 2 will be released 28th April 2017 on PS4 in Europe, Square Enix has announced. It was released in Japan May 2016.
Dragon Quest Heroes 2 repeats the one against many, Dynasty Warriors-style mayhem of the first game - but with the crucial addition of online four-player co-op. Two new heroes Lazarel and Teresa are available play.
Dragon Quest Heroes 1 arrived here 2015, all colourful and bombastic. But the move to action-RPG meant some Dynasty Warriors magic was lost along the way. "Omega Force may gain some new supporters to its cause," wrote Simon Parkin in his Dragon Quest Heroes review, "but something vital has been traded in the endeavour."
Editor's note: After a short delay Dragon Quest Heroes has made its way out of Japan and is releasing in the UK and EU this week. Here's Simon Parkin's original review, originally published in April, which we feel still reflects the game in its new, localised state.
Omega Force, the Japanese studio that popularised the outlandish 1 vs 10,000 historical battle simulator, has been mounting a novel strategy of late, one designed to lure players who have tired of (or stayed entirely away from) the Dynasty Warriors series onto the virtual battlefield. Hyrule Warriors was the studio's first alliance with a hitherto unrelated video game series, a successful sojourn into to the Zelda universe in the so-called 'Musou' style. There you played as one of Nintendo's velvety mascots, pirouetting about caverns and fields, attempting to control the ebb and flow of two opposing armies in a series of battles staged in familiar Hyrule. Now, with Dragon Quest Heroes, the studio has invaded an equally cherished and storied mythology, pitting a squadron of warriors from Square Enix's RPG series against illustrator Akira Toriyama's equally loveable enemy forces.
Dragon Quest Heroes
Square Enix has greenlit Dragon Quest Heroes 2, which will be released at some point in the future for PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita.
The first Dragon Quest Heroes arrived in Japan just five weeks ago and sold well. It notched up 594k copies in its first week.
Writing in a new blog post announcing its successor, Square Enix noted the "warm reception" it had gained.
Dragon Quest Heroes launches in Europe later in 2015 exclusively for PlayStation 4, Square Enix has announced.
The game launches on PS3 and PS4 in Japan this week.
Dragon Quest Heroes is an action-focused spin-off from the main Japanese role-playing game series. It's developed by Dynasty Warriors maker Omega Force, in collaboration with Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii and composer Koichi Sugiyama. The characters and monsters were designed by artist Akira Toriyama.
At Tokyo Game Show today Square Enix gave attendees the first look at Dragon Quest Heroes gameplay.
Dragon Quest Heroes sees the series return to PlayStation after nearly a decade away. It's being developed by Omega Force for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 and is due out in Japan next year.
Omega Force is the developer behind Dynasty Warriors, and you can see the influence of the large scale Musou series in the gameplay video, below. It looks like Omega Force is doing to Dragon Quest what it did with Hyrule Warriors for Wii U.
After nearly a decade away, Square Enix's Dragon Quest series is returning to Sony's PlayStation, with Omega Force's Dragon Quest Heroes coming to PlayStation 4 next year.