During the Dragon Quest Heroes: The Live broadcast, which took place this morning, Square revealed loads of new information about Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End. The publisher also released the game's debut trailer, several gameplay videos and screenshots.
Dragon Quest Heroes II tells the story of seven kingdoms that have seen continued peace over a long period. That peaceful balance suddenly crumbles one day, and war breaks out. It's as if the events are following an ominous prophecy handed down from ancient times. It's up to our heroes to stop the giant war involving seven countries.
The game features a new original cast of characters, such as military cadets Razel and Tereshia, prince Cesare, and the warrior Orneze. Similar to Dragon Quest Heroes, the main characters will be joined by several characters from other Dragon Quest titles, including Torneko (DQIV), Meena (DQIV), Alena (DQIV), Kiryl (DQIV), Maya (DQIV), Carver (DQVI), Terry (DQ VI), Maribel (DQVII), Gabo (DQVII), Jessica (DQVIII) and Angelo (DQVIII).
There's also a co-op multiplayer component, allowing gamers to play Story Battles with friends and even take on a multiplayer exclusive dungeon called the "Space-Time Labyrinth." Square Enix plans to add more dungeons via DLC. Characters that were playable in the previous game and aren't present in this game's story, such as Luceus and Aurora, are playable during these cooperative missions.
Unlike its predecessor, Dragon Quest Heroes II will feature a more open-world experience, where players will be able to explore a vast world with a great variety of terrains, including grasslands, forests, deserts, and snow fields. As these fields are so vast, there are Waystones scattered around the map to help players going from one place to another more easily. While exploring, players ocasionally come across field quests and sealed areas that are only unlocked when certain conditions are met.
The gameplay remains similar to the previous game, but with a few additions. For example, the weather may affect and change enemies, while magic may become more or less effective. Another addition is seamless enemy encounter transitions in battles. Lastly, the game will offer Cross-Play and Cross-Save support.
Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End releases on the 27th of May on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita in Japan. The game has yet to be officially announced for the West.