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https://www.gematsu.com/2021/03/dragon-quest-the-adventure-of-dai-a-heros-bonds-coming-west
 

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Square Enix will release DeNA-developed team action RPG Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero's Bonds for iOS and Android in the west, the publisher announced. Pre-registration is available now for Android via Google Play.

Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero's Bonds was first announced in May 2020 in Japan, where it is known as Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: Tamashii no Kizuna and planned for release sometime in 2021.

Square Enix will host an Android closed beta test for the west from April 7 to 15. Registration is available now until April 4.

Here is an overview of the game, via its official website:

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Story

Fight on, Disciples of Avan!

In a world tormented by the forces of evil, a swordsman and his companions set out to defeat Hadlar, the Dark Lord.
It has been many years now since The Hero restored peace to the land…

On an isolated island in the southern seas, a boy named Dai lives among monsters, yearning to become a hero himself someday. However, everything changes when the Dark Lord is revived.

With another crisis facing the world, Dai makes a promise to his mentor, encounters new friends, and slowly learns about his own inescapable fate… This is the beginning of Dai's adventure, and his quest to become a true hero!

Characters

  • Dai – Washed ashore on Dermline Island as a baby, Dai was raised by the lump shaman Brass. More recently his latent talents have flourished under the tutelage of Avan, the hero who once saved the world from Hadlar.
  • Popp – An admirer of the hero Avan, Popp became his apprentice to train as a mage. He gets carried away easily and has a tendency to run away when things get tough, but he also has a compassionate side.
  • Maam – She defends her hometown of Nayle with the magic bullet gun given to her by the hero Avan. Maam is a strong-willed girl who means business, but she's full of kindness on the inside.
  • Avan – This former hero serves as a mentor to Dai and his friends. In the past, he defeated the Dark Lord and saved the world. Despite his mischievous side, he has an unshakeable will, and is a kind teacher.
  • Crocodine – The commander of the Dark Army's Furfang Legion, a contingent of vicious monsters. Bold and proud, he has no fear of death on the battlefield.
  • Hyunckel – The commander of the Dark Army's Undead Legion, a corps of warriors who have transcended death itself. He fights with the Dark Armor Blade, which can repel offensive spells cast its way Although he was Avan's first disciple, he harbors a deep-seated resentment toward his former master.
  • Hadlar – Once known as the Dark Lord, his army of monsters was strong enough to threaten the entire world. Some time after being defeated by Avan, he was revived by Vearn, the Dark King.

Two Worlds

Travel between two worlds, forge bonds with your friends, and fight!

  • A Classic Story: Dragon Tracks – The Dragon Tracks storyline follows the story of the original Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai series. Complete quests to add familiar characters to your team!
  • A Fresh Adventure: Bonding Journey – The Bonding Journey is an all-new story written under the supervision of Riku Sanjo! It is set in the mysterious world of Milladosia, which bears a striking resemblance to the world seen in The Adventure of Dai. Pinky the pink Dracky (design by Koji Inada) guides our hero. Pinky is a bit clumsy, which often causes some problems…
    • The star of the story is you—the Luminary Leader! – Join Dai and his friends as you fight to protect the two worlds and the many bonds that unite their inhabitants! You can change your hairstyle, face, gender, and more! Customize your character and adventure in style!
    • Change vocations and gain the upper hand! – As the Luminary Leader, you can switch to a variety of vocations such as warrior, martial artist, mage, and more! Choose the one that suits your play style the best!

Battle

  • Push forward with your allies in dynamic three-lane battles! – Engage in dynamic, intuitive three-lane battles! Unleash powerful attacks as you enjoy simple yet deep gameplay! Play co-op multiplayer with up to three players and conquer your enemies!

Gameplay

  • Boost your equipment and skills and take on new quests! – Strengthen weapons, armor, and characters' skills and abilities. Complete quests, power up, and take on fierce foes!
  • Strengthen your allies with the Bonding Halo system! – Get closer to your allies by adventuring together! When a character's Friendship Level is raised, they get even stronger, and you'll also unlock special scenes with them! Bolster your bonds and grow together as a team!

 

 

Watch a teaser trailer below.

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I was kinda hoping these live service games would be a testing ground for a DQ10 localization.

Looks like they're a testing grounds for more mobile games.

At the least they could give us Infinity Strash.

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I was kinda hoping these live service games would be a testing ground for a DQ10 localization.

Looks like they're a testing grounds for more mobile games.

At the least they could give us Infinity Strash.

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Watch, they'll give us 5 mobile games and then cancel them all because not enough people play them. C'mon, Squeenix, be more selective!

And damn it, give us Rivals you cowards!

And yes, Infinity Strash, please.
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Hoping I get selected for the Beta.

VJump Play has a video showing one of their staff playing the game and goes over the controls.

9 hours ago, Ice Dragon 19 said:

welp i'm not gonna get the pins

I don't have Twitter, so I had no hope from the start.

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Ahh so that is what they mean by triple track, it is like subway surfers with attacking

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I'm glad we're getting more DQ titles over here but I am overly exhausted by mobile games at this point.

 

Give me single player structured experiences. I don't need to be stressed out with FOMO gacha games and stuff like this.

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I'm not gonna complain about DQ localizations.

But I do wish we could get some traditional DQ games. Why not those mobile remakes of the Monsters games?

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There is a second video now with more gameplay and explanation. There will be a third video as well talking about development. It seems that you are given rankings based on how fast you beat each "stage (or you could call it wave) of monsters. Probably various quests will ask for you to beat it with a certain rank I bet. The developer wanted to stress at the end that they chose this fight and set up so that it would be a challenge and that the game doesn't have to be this hard for people who aren't good at action games (Considering that both VJump Editors were unable to beat the quest).

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Amusing how we got a "Kirby" going on here.

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A Hero's Bonds? Not, Bonds of The Brave?
Clearly this is fake.

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41 minutes ago, Erdrick The Hero said:

A Hero's Bonds? Not, Bonds of The Brave?
Clearly this is fake.

Yeah, that is a better title. Can't disagree.

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I'm pretty excited for this one though I do hope we get more news about Infinity Strash soon. I worry a bit about the market for DQ-based mobile games becoming oversaturated but Square-Enix seems to be putting a fair amount of effort into promoting this one.

I'm curious how the game will handle playable characters and gacha mechanics. Haven't seen much info on that yet.

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A Hero's Bonds? Not, Bonds of The Brave?
Clearly this is fake.
Real names are saved for non-mobile titles.
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11 hours ago, Plattym3 said:

Real names are saved for non-mobile titles.

Still reminds me too much of the Guitar Hero font :)

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On 3/17/2021 at 9:33 AM, Ice Dragon 19 said:

it gets worse..... heard of the new Final Fantasy phone game? it's going to have weapon gatcha 

Yet another game to pass up.

So far the only DQ mobile game I actually enjoy is Tact, as it's a cool spin on DQ Monsters meets a grid-based tactics game.  I'd love to see a more traditional version of the concept, with better design elements, and a richer story.  I thought I'd like DQ To the Stars, but the lack of direct control...though the special attacks were kind of fun.  Definitely more enjoyable to me than the FF games, which brazenly toss in buying stuff in my face every bloody battle, while Stars was between battles, and more dangling at the edge, not in my face.

I really hate mobile games, unless they're traditional.  I'll repeat what was spoken before: why can we not get the Monsters mobile releases?  I'd wager the issue lays in the download counts.

Most of the paid for DQ games are in the 10~50k range.  Very few past 50k (really DQ1 and 6, that's...it).  While the Freemium DQ's are getting decent numbers.  DQ1 is only high due to cost, and DQ6 was only high because it's the only mobile mainline release that had a sale from the outset, while it was being marketed.  I guess it made it more enticing.  So I don't see us getting the mobile monsters releases.  For that matter, I doubt we'll get the mobile release of DQ7, despite still being promised and unfulfilled (they promised the other Slime Mori Mori releases, and that hasn't seen any response since, as well as teasers for DQ10, which hasn't seen anything since, and all indicators are they're happy with DQ11, which was what they were looking for, as well as Nintendo's consistent printing of DQ7 3DS for the same window as DQ9 was...at least going by how long Amazon had copies from its main store...though maybe good, not enough to guarantee DQ10).

Unless we see some crazy shift from DQ freemium to DQ mobile mainline purchases, I don't think we have a chance of seeing the other mobile "real" game releases.  Maybe everything goes into the 100k+ territory on Google Play (would be nice if Apple allowed user tracking like they used to way back when Jobs was still around, then again Google showed raw download counts back then too).

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