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‘Dragon Quest Walk’ broadens ‘Pokémon Go’ competition

/ 06:18 PM June 06, 2019

The publisher behind “Final Fantasy” and “Kingdom Hearts” is preparing location-based augmented reality game “Dragon Quest Walk” for beta testing in Japan.

A mobile-only entry to the “Dragon Quest” franchise is coming courtesy of “Dragon Quest Walk”, offering another alternative to the “Pokémon Go” experience.

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“Dragon Quest Walk” uses Google Maps as its foundation, as with “Pokémon GO” and “Harry Potter Wizards Unite”. Image: Courtesy of Square Enix via AFP Relaxnews

It is set to enter a round of public beta testing on June 11 and promises to blend the real world and the fantasy fiction of cartoon-style adventures in the “Dragon Quest” franchise.

Beta test registration is taking place through dragonquest.jp/walk/beta, with 20,000 places split evenly between iOS and Android users.

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Just as with console game “Dragon Quest Builders”, which leveraged the popularity of creative construction game “Minecraft” while emphasizing a more linear storyline, “Dragon Quest Walk” likewise promises an emerging story for those that get involved.

Quests are oriented around local landmarks, and players can also build and decorate a room within “Dragon Quest Walk” to display belongings retrieved while out and about, per Gematsu.

As it happens, the announcement of “Dragon Quest Walk” follows that of “Minecraft Earth” a few weeks earlier. “Minecraft Earth” is targeting a Summer 2019 beta for some of those that sign-up through minecraft.net/earth.

Sci-fi adventure movie “Men in Black: International” is also to receive a location-based exploration and collection game for mobiles, “Men in Black: Global Invasion”, and “Harry Potter” franchise tie-in “Harry Potter Wizards Unite” is in testing in New Zealand. RGA/NVG

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