Before watching Dragon Quest Heroes 2's overview trailer, I never knew that something could look cartoony and yet appear so dark at the same time. Thank goodness for the non-serious sounding announcer then, who explains the hack-and-slash action RPG's and features to us.
Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is set after a war that caused the world to split into seven realms. A thousand years of peace ensued, but now a "dark cloud looms over the horizon". Or, as the Square Enix store page describes it, the "Seven Realms suddenly collapse into conflict as if guided by a mysterious and malicious force".
Naturally it's up to you to save the world, and your adventure will take you across neat-looking "expansive and interconnected environments". It seems that you'll be able to choose between two characters, and you'll can run around in a 4-man party. The game also supports up to 4-player co-op. For the rest, I'll let you guys watch the trailer and discover them yourselves.
Unlike the first Dragon Quest Heroes, the PC version of the game will launch at the same time as the PS4 version. A non-delayed PC release is welcome, but hopefully Dragon Quest Heroes 2 will also differ from its predecessor in another way - the quality of the PC port. The first game holds mixed reviews - both overall and recent - on Steam, and much of the criticism is directed at the poor experience on PC (though there are quite a few comments on the gameplay itself as well). Hopefully things will be better for the sequel.
There isn't a page for the game on Steam yet, but it will be released there. Currently, you can pre-order the Explorer's Edition for RM266.96 ($59.99) from the Square Enix store, which gives you 15 downloadable bonus weapons. It's also the only edition of the game that can be found as of now.
Dragon Quest 2 launches in North America on PC and PS4 April 25 and in the EU on April 28; the game was released in Japan last year, where there were also PS3 and PS Vita versions available. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch will be receiving both Dragon Quest Heroes 1 and 2 as a bundle.