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Dragon Quest Heroes II Heading West on April 25

The second Dragon Quest action RPG is coming to our shores!

News by Mike Williams, .

Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest Heroes II for PlayStation 4 finally has a release date in North America! The action RPG will be coming to our shores on April 25, with a European release on April 28. Dragon Quest Heroes II marks musou developer Omega Force's second collaboration with Square Enix's Dragon Quest franchise and has been out in Japan since May 27, 2016.

The full synopsis of the title from Square Enix:

Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a long and terrible war. When the war finally ended, the people of the world made a solemn pact never to fight again. The world was divided into seven realms and peace reigned for a thousand years.

One day, cousins and fellow knights-in-training Lazarel and Teresa reunite in the Kingdom of Harba, far from their Dunisian home. Little do they suspect that the Dunisian army is about to invade, with their old friend Prince Cesar at the helm.

The long-kept peace is broken and the world descends into chaos. With the aid of High King's envoy the cousins must travel to Accordia for a meeting with the Supreme Sovereign of the Seven Realms to find a solution and bring back peace to the world!

Spoiler alert: They will probably succeed if you destroy vast armies of monsters.

In our review of the first game, Kat noted that Dragon Quest Heroes was missing a multiplayer mode, something Omega Force has fixed this time around.

"Within the confines of a musou game, however, I was surprised how much I ended up enjoying Dragon Quest Heroes. I've played musou games on and off through the years, but they've never struck me as being more than a distraction - something to play when you need to blow off steam without thinking too much. Dragon Quest Heroes mostly fits within that mold, but its fidelity to the source material, its strong presentation, and its more focused objectives make it more enjoyable than other games in the series," Kat wrote at the time.

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  • Avatar for himuradrew #1 himuradrew A year ago
    Oh crap....

    Vita owners get screwed again... oh well there's always Remote Play.

    ... or

    (cough)(cough) Nintendo Switch port (cough)(cough)Edited December 2016 by himuradrew
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #2 cldmstrsn A year ago
    @himuradrew I mean at this point people should really let go of the Vita. I love mine so much in fact I have the system AND the PS TV but its not going to be supported much anymore.
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  • Avatar for TheWildCard #3 TheWildCard A year ago
    I dutifully bought the first one, but found it pretty dull. Sorry SE!
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  • Avatar for link6616 #4 link6616 A year ago
    @himuradrew it's a shame too. The vita port is actually super good compared to previous warriors games on the handheld.

    But, I didn't like this as much as I expected. Hyrule warriors is just too good it hurts the other games.
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  • Avatar for himuradrew #5 himuradrew A year ago
    @cldmstrsn But, but... I love my Vita. You do have a point though, Sony has all but abandoned the Vita.


    @link6616 Hyrule Warriors was great but I'd really love to have this one get the Vita version too - more portability is a plus for gamer dads like me. :)Edited December 2016 by himuradrew
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  • Avatar for moochan #6 moochan A year ago
    Sadly "it's a better Hyrule Warriors" doesn't really cut it. Since people only really play musou games based on their knowledge of the IP. Which is the reason I loved Hyrule Warriors and loved Heroes. Heroes 2 seem like more or less an improvement of the first which I'm all for. Might wait and see if there is going to be a PC version like with the first which was a pretty nice port.
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  • Avatar for link6616 #7 link6616 A year ago
    @moochan I'm actually saying it's not as good as hyrule warriors.

    I love DQ as an ip, but as much as I respect the stuff they've done to make DQ Heroes 2 more RPG like, it ultimately just makes a large world that doesn't have any of the tightness a normal Warriors game might, additionally, and maybe it's greatest fault, for the most part your fights are fairly small in scope. And the characters seem designed for a more dense world.

    Although, boy its pretty. It's a real shocker just how well Toriyama's art style works in 3D. Every 3D DQ related game I'm always shocked.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #8 MetManMas A year ago
    I was worried for a little while that they weren't gonna localize this one. Glad they are, of course.

    It's a shame that Yangus and the Dragon Quest V wives are sitting this one out, but considering it allows for a two-player Maya/Meena team up and that Torneko, Maribel, and Ruff are on the roster I'm willing to forgive that.
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  • Avatar for moochan #9 moochan A year ago
    @link6616 I was talking about how Square Enix was selling Heroes 1. They pretty much kept talking about how Heroes 1 "was like Hyrule Warriors but better" but sadly musou games are pretty meh gameplay wise for the most part. It's just playing as the different characters that makes musou games so enjoyable. So if you have a lesser known IP like Dragon Quest in the west less people are going to play it because the only people that buys IP musou games are people that are fans of the IP.
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