Among all the Dragon Quest surprises we’ve gotten in the West lately, one of the biggest was probably the announcement that we’re getting Dragon Quest of the Stars on February 25, 2020. Historically, mobile Dragon Quest games don’t make it over here: DQ Walk, DQ Rivals, etc. And a mobile game from 2015? No way is that ever making it over here!
Except that it is. Today.
Maybe we’ll never know why Dragon Quest of the Stars is making the push to the West. Maybe it’s because of the ostensible surge in popularity the series has gotten since the release of Dragon Quest XI. Maybe Square Enix is simply testing the waters before releasing something bigger like DQ Walk. Maybe we just got lucky this year. The point is, we’ve gotten it, and I’m very thankful for that.
Like the original Japanese version of the game, this one features emotive stamps from artist Kanahei, whose work you can find right here. And from what I’ve seen of the game so far, graphics seem to be impressively sharp and colorful. Plus, since so many people have pre-registered for the app, we’re getting all sorts of fun bonuses!
Don’t let reading this article distract you for too long. After all, we just got Dragon Quest of the Stars today! You can find it on both the Google Play store and the Apple Store, just by following those links. Some key features include getting to play with up to 4 players, a “Skill Battle Gauge” system, and character customization that seems similar to the one in Dragon Quest IX.
There’s also something called Star Pass, which is a monthly subscription service that gives you added benefits, like extra Luck, an Auto-Battle feature, and Turbo Fast Forward to speed along battles. And that’s only to name a few! You can check out a full list of benefits by visiting the Google or Apple stores. While I’m still on the fence about the subscription service myself, it seems like the benefits are great…for the right price.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play Dragon Quest of the Stars some more!