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Square-Enix details how they created Dragon Quest XI in both 2D and 3D

Retro visuals are no easy task!

Dragon Quest XI does something almost no other modern-day game does. Fans of older Dragon Quest games could play Dragon Quest XI from a completely 2D perspective. This made it extremely close to what players got from the franchise back in the 16-bit days. Along with that, Square-Enix also created the same gameplay experience in a completely 3D setting.

Obviously this took a ton of work, and seeing it actually come together into something playable is really impressive. While the initial work started with various sketches, the team actually turned to creating the 3D settings first, and then recreated those in 2D. 3D Art Director Yoshiko Hiyama explained the process in a Square-Enix internal interview.

“The staff had an understanding for the general framework and image the director hoped to achieve through visual references and blueprint designs. Using those references, we built out the town with temporary models and walked through it to repeatedly check and adjust aspects such as the scenery, playability, and comprehensibility. When the overall structure was solidified using the temporary model, the detailed buildout was able to start. At this stage, we finally saw detailed models and textures being applied, as well as adjustments being made to the lighting in earnest.”

Director Takeshi Uchikawa followed up by discussing some of the challenges adapting 3D settings into 2D presented.

“There was a need to devise methods to showcase certain things in a way that was unique to 2D,” says Uchikawa. “Take the interior structure of a building as an example - even if the structure didn’t pose any issues in 3D, there could be limitations when it was depicted on a flat plane. For example, having several floors that overlap in complex ways isn’t any particular issue in 3D - as long as the direction of travel is clear. But when converted into 2D, there were unforeseen areas that were either difficult to see or comprehend.”

Check out the full interview here

Dragon Quest speedrunners are literally heating up their Famicoms to achieve new records

Now we're cooking!

Speedrunners are known for taking games to their limit by exploiting bugs and glitches to an insane level. They warp and twist the game into something nearly unrecognizable sometimes, all in the hopes of landing a world record. Over in the Dragon Quest speedrunning scene, players are now putting the game console itself through some extreme duress to achieve a good time.

A major breakthrough in Dragon Quest III speedrunning was discovered this Summer, and it's leading to some impressive times. Players have found that by saving the game and quickly toggling the Famicom’s power switch while holding the reset button, they can cause a glitch that maxes out party stats. Super helpful in blowing through the game even quicker than before.

The thing is, getting that glitch to trigger correctly can be quite tricky. Some models of the Famicom are more likely than others to result in the glitch, but there's even more to it than that. Speedrunners have discovered that literally heating up their Famicom can cause a better success rate for the glitch. This is supposedly due to the heating process making the Famicom's internal memory more volatile. This is why players are cooking their Famicoms anywhere from 122° to 176° Fahrenheit to pull off the trick. It's also worth noting that some players have found that cool temperatures can achieve a similar success rate.

Obviously not the safest thing to do with your Famicom, but when you're desperate to land a new world record, you're willing to put your console through some extreme measures!

Square-Enix releasing Dragon Quest V-themed wedding rings and marriage registration forms

Let's hope for good RNG

Consider yourself a huge fan of Dragon Quest V? Have a partner that's into the game as well? If you're looking to pop the question and do so with some Dragon Quest flair, Square-Enix has the perfect solution for you.

Square-Enix has revealed silver wedding rings based on Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. These "Circle of Fire" and "Circle of Water" rings launch in Japan on April 10th, 2021, and each one is priced at 19,580 yen.

Along with the rings, Square-Enix is also sending out specially-designed Japanese marriage registration forms. There are two options to pick from, with one featuring a Dragon Quest-style message box, and one without. Both can be downloaded for free until February 1, 2021.

Dragon Quest XI S and Dragon Quest Builders 2 see permanent price drop to $50 in the U.S.

Dive into the series today

Looking for an excuse to get into the Dragon Quest games on Switch? Now's the time to do so, as Dragon Quest XI S and Dragon Quest Builders 2 have seen a permanent price cut. Both games were previously listed at $60, but you can now get each one for $50.

Dragon Quest V novelist files second lawsuit related to the Dragon Quest: Your Story movie

So slimy

Dragon Quest V novel author Saori Kumi has filled a lawsuit against Square-Enix and Toho concerning the Dragon Quest: Your Story movie. The movie is an adaptation of the Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, but it also clearly pulled from the novelization as well. The movie's main character is named Ryuka, same as the one in the novel. Along with that, the main character in the novel and the movie follow very similar storylines.

Kumi wasn’t credited at all in the movie, even though it was advertised as an adaptation of the novel. This led to Kumi filing a lawsuit against the production committee of the film, and now she's going after both Square-Enix and Toho. Kumi wants 2 million yen in damages, along with a public apology.

Dragon Quest X update to include Demon Knight job class

It's a living

Dragon Quest X is getting a major update soon, and it's going to add the new job Demon Knight. The Demon Knight can equipe swords, knives, greatswords, scythes, and shields. Demon Knights can power themselves up using “Veil of Darkness,” which is made possible through “Demonic Wave.” Demonic Wave will fill up as you take damage, and once the meter fills, Veil of Darkness can be used.

There's also the “Disruptive Wave” skill that nullifies all stat changes, and the ranged skilled “Dark Matter” that surrounds the Demon Knight. This has an additional effect of lowering the enemy’s resistance to dark elements.

Dragon Quest-themed Luida's Bar set to reopen on Nov. 13th, 2020, will include new menu items

A whole new start

Square-Enix had to close down their Dragon Quest-themed restaurant, Luida's Bar, due to the pandemic. The good news is that it's now set to reopen on Nov. 13th, 2020, and there will be some new items for fans to enjoy.

Luida's Bar will open at a new Akihabara location this Friday, which is part of the chain's 10th anniversary. Those who visit can partake in the Dragon Quest Special Course, which is a three-hour course that comes with numerous food items. The experience is priced at 4,000 yen a person.

There will also be Dragon Quest Slime Pudding, which comes in blue raspberry and strawberry milk flavors. It costs 730 yen for the pudding alone or 1,700 yen for a set that includes a collectible glass.

Finally, those who visit Luida’s Bar during the reopening celebration from November 13th to November 20th, 2020, will receive three bonus items.

- Slime Meat Bun (one per person)
- 500G Coupon (good for your next visit)
- Two Mini Medal Stamps

Dragon Quest creator teases upcoming announcements for the series' 35th anniversary

35 years of Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest is turning 35 years old in 2021, and you can bet Square-Enix is cooking up some special celebrations. Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii has teased some reveals in the near future, and you can read his full statement below.

“Next year, Dragon Quest will celebrate its 35th anniversary. I believe we will be able to make all sorts of announcements in regards to that. And there is still a whole lot of fun to look forward to in Astoltia [the world of Dragon Quest X]. Please continue to support Dragon Quest in the future. Thank you very much!”

New round of Dragon Quest merch soon to release in Japan

So slimy!

Square-Enix has revealed a new round of Dragon Quest merch that's set to launch in Japan before the year closes out. You can see pictures of all the items in the gallery above, and read details on each below.

SmileSlime Smartphone Gloves – Slime

Price: 2,000 yen plus tax
Release date: December 2020
Size: 120 mm x 220 mm

SmileSlime Smartphone Gloves – Healslime

Price: 2,000 yen plus tax
Release date: December 2020
Size: 120 mm x 220 mm

SmileSlime Smartphone Gloves – Dot Field

Price: 2,000 yen plus tax
Release date: December 2020
Size: 120 mm x 220 mm

SmileSlime Three Friends of Winter Monsters Hand Towel

Price: 1,000 yen plus tax
Release date: December 2020
Size: 350 mm x 1,000 mm

Dragon Quest 2021 Desktop Calendar Version

Price: 1,600 yen plus tax
Release date: November 2020
Size: 148 mm x 170 mm

Dragon Quest 2021 Wall Calendar Version

Price: 2,000 yen plus tax
Release date: November 2020
Size: B3 (420 mm x 595 mm)

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime will be simulcast around the world

Now we can all enjoy!

As we previously shared, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is an anime series set to air in Japan on Oct. 3rd, 2020. Turns out the rest of the world will get to enjoy the series as well.

Toei Animation has confirmed that Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is going to be simulcast in multiple regions of the world. You'll be able to find it on Oct. 3rd, 2020 on Hulu (U.S.), Crunchyroll (NA, LatAm, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Middle East, and Europe), and Anime Digital Network in France.

We also know that Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is getting a game adaptation in 2021, but specific platforms are yet to be named.

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