Pokemon Go-Like Game Dragon Quest Walk Announced, See The First Trailer

Introducing Dragon Quest Walk.

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A Pokemon Go-style Dragon Quest game is in the works for release in Japan. Dragon Quest Walk was announced in a recent Square Enix press conference, just ahead of E3 2019, and it's augmented reality-driven experience that involves navigating the real world with your phone. It may even tie into the next mainline DQ game, Dragon Quest XII.

Dragon Quest Walk is launching this year for iOS and Android; you can check out a trailer above. 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. It's possible we could hear about international plans during Square Enix's E3 press conference next Monday.

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 may have some connection to 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.

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Dragon Quest and Pokemon copying each other is a decades old tradition. Dragon Quest Monsters followed the Pokemon formula. It's really a more than reasonable exchange, as Dragon Quest had monster collecting elements in its core titles as far back as Dragon Quest V for the Super Nintendo back in 1992, predating Pokemon by 4 years. Dragon Quest builders followed a Minecraft formula. If other games want to follow the AR monster collecting formula, instead of complaining about it maybe it would be better to recognize it at legitimizing the genre.

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I won't be buying into AR games until they're compatible with a decent-looking pair of AR glasses. I want to enjoy the world around me while I'm outside without having to hold my phone up in the air and view everything through a 4 - 6 inch screen.

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Shameless clone sure... But can you be mad at other car manufacturers for following Ford?

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It does look like a shameless clone. And just like Pokémon Go, it had a ridiculous, lengthy promotional video featuring series monsters in the real world that is not at all representative of actual gameplay in any way, shape or form.

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