In the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, specifically the #1826, December 14, 2023, edition, an interview with Square Enix Producer Yokota Kento about the soon-to-be-released Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince.
However, Kento also revealed that the Dragon Quest Monsters series will continue, so fans can look forward to newer game releases in the future.
You can view a translation of this exchange below via our team’s Ryuji:
[Context: In the previous question, Yokota Kento talked about how if the game systems are too complex, it becomes hard to attract new players because they want fans of the numbered entries to enjoy Dragon Quest Monsters, making it accessible to beginners.]
Interviewer: It’s a very difficult decision to make when you want to increase the number of new players while still respecting the series’ fans, isn’t it…
Yokota Kento: Many people who played the demo version accepted it as the latest title in the Dragon Quest Monsters series. Of course, there were some negative reactions, but we will take feedback seriously in the future, and I can say this is not the end of the series*.
*Wording implied to be the Dragon Quest Monster series in general.
In Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, the demi-human protagonist, Psaro, was cursed by the ruler of the monster realm of Nadiria, also known as his father, making the youth incapable of harming any being with monster blood coursing through their veins.
To defy his fate, Psaro becomes a monster wrangler, amassing a sizeable monster following during his quest for vengeance. Additionally, he’ll make new allies, including the elf Rose and the enigmatic Toilen Trubble.
Combat will consist of eight party members, with four being active and another four being in reserves. Further, you can manually control your monsters’ actions every turn or set predetermined tactics to let the AI decide, like ‘Show No Mercy’ or ‘Focus on Healing.’
In battle, monsters can enter a frenzied state born from desperation in dire scenarios, enabling greater damage output and additional chances to perform an action. Players can also look forward to monster fusion and several season-based environments to traverse, each with their own creatures.
Dragon Quest Monsters The Dark Prince will launch for Nintendo Switch on December 1, 2023. A free demo is now available via the Switch eShop.
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