A Pokemon Go-style Dragon Quest title is in the works for Japan. Dragon Quest Walk was announced today in a Square Enix press conference.
The game is launching this year for iOS and Android. A closed beta test will begin on June 11 for a limited number of users. Right now, Dragon Quest Walk appears to be confirmed only for Japan.
The game’s official website, translated by Gematsu, states that in Dragon Quest walk, “everyday life becomes an adventure.” You can visit landmarks in the real word to unlock quests, while players can also build a room and decorate it with items they unlock by playing the game.
According to Gematsu, series executive producer Yuu Miyake said during the briefing that Dragon Quest Walk will tie into the unannounced Dragon Quest XII in some capacity. “By the way, about Dragon Quest XII, which I’m sure is on everyone’s mind–[Yuji] Horii and I are currently making preparations on series developments that will connect to XII. I think it’s still too early, but we would like announce it in some form, so please wait a little while longer.”
Industry analyst Dr. Serkan Toto says Dragon Quest Walk appears to be a “shameless clone” of Niantic’s Pokemon Go. Presumably in response to the game’s announcement, Square Enix’s stock price is up by more than 5 percent in Japan.
Pokemon Go, which uses AR to blend the real and virtual worlds, was released in July 2016 and it became a global phenomenon that continues to be very popular to this day. Niantic followed up Pokemon Go with another similar game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Another Pokemon Go-style game, Minecraft Earth, is also in development.