Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below

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Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below
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Developer(s) Omega Force
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Director(s) Tomohiko Sho
Producer(s) Ryota Aomi
Kenichi Ogasawara
Designer(s) Michio Yamada
Programmer(s) Yu Ito
Artist(s) Akira Toriyama
Kentaro Yamamoto
Eiichiro Nakastu
Writer(s) Atsushi Narita
Composer(s) Koichi Sugiyama
Series Dragon Quest
Platforms PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
    Microsoft Windows
      Genre(s) Action role-playing, hack and slash
      Mode(s) Single-player

      Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below[1] (ドラゴンクエストヒーローズ 闇竜と世界樹の城 Doragon Kuesto Hīrōzu Yamiryuu to Sekaiju no Shiro?, lit. "Dragon Quest Heroes: The Dark Dragon and the World Tree Castle") is a hack-and-slash game developed by Omega Force and published by Square Enix for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. It was released in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan on February 26, 2015,[2][3] and in North America and Europe for the PlayStation 4 in October 2015.[4][5] The game received generally good reviews, and a sequel is scheduled to be released in 2016.

      Gameplay

      Dragon Quest Heroes mixes the hack-and-slash gameplay of Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors series of video games, with the characters and monsters from Square Enix's Dragon Quest series.

      Plot

      The game is set in the Kingdom of Arba, where mankind and monsters live peacefully. One day, monsters began to attack mankind suddenly leading the captains of the Royal Guard, Luceus and Aurora, to recover the hearts of monsters.[6]

      Development

      Dragon Quest Heroes was developed by Omega Force, who are better known for their hack and slash Dynasty Warriors franchise,[7] and published by Square Enix.

      At a Sony Computer Entertainment Japan press conference on September 1, 2014, the game was announced by Yuji Horii.[2] As a promotion, a special edition PlayStation 4, featuring the metal slime from Dragon Quest, was released on December 11, 2014, selling 38,000 units in its first week.[8]

      Reception

      Famitsu awarded Dragon Quest Heroes a 35/40.[9] More than 594,000 copies were sold in its first week, 325,000 on PS3 and 269,000 on PS4. Dragon Quest Heroes is currently the second best selling PS4 game in Japan, and the first not including hardware bundles.[10] In July 2015, Square Enix announced that they will release more Dragon Quest video games in the West if the company is satisfied with the sales of Heroes.[11] On July 28, 2015, Square Enix announced that the title had sold more than one million units.[12]

      In the west, Dragon Quest Heroes received a mostly positive reception, with an average Metacritic score of 77 out of 100 (75 reviews) for the PS4 version, and 71 out of 100 (8 reviews) for the PC version.[13][14]

      IGN awarded it a score of 6.2 out of 10, saying "The joy of fighting defenseless creatures in Dragon Quest Heroes only lasts a short while."[15] Gamespot awarded it a score of 8.0 out of 10, saying "affords every lover of the franchise the rare opportunity to cause genocidal destruction with the kind of efficiency you cannot find in a turn-based RPG."[16]

      Sequel

      As the game received positive reception, Square Enix announced that they would be developing a sequel for the game.[17] Dragon Quest Heroes II, subtitled Tsuinzu-ō to yogen no endingu (ツインズ王と預言のエンディング?, lit. "Twins Kings and Ending of the Prophecy"), was released in Japan for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on May 27, 2016.[12][18][19]

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