Dragon Quest Builders 2

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Dragon Quest Builders 2
Nintendo Switch box art
Publisher(s)Square Enix[a]
  • Kazuya Niinou
  • Takuto Edagawa
  • Noriyoshi Fujimoto
  • Takuma Shiraishi
  • Tomohiko Sho
Designer(s)Mari Takahashi
Programmer(s)Yoshinao Yamagishi
Writer(s)Koya Tsukada
Composer(s)Koichi Sugiyama
SeriesDragon Quest
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
ReleaseSwitch, PlayStation 4
  • JP: December 20, 2018
  • WW: July 12, 2019
  • Microsoft Windows
  • December 10, 2019
Genre(s)Action role-playing, sandbox
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Dragon Quest Builders 2[b] is an action role-playing sandbox game developed by Square Enix and Omega Force, with Square Enix publishing it. It is the sequel to Dragon Quest Builders, and was released for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Japan in December 2018 and worldwide in July 2019, and for Microsoft Windows in December 2019. The game shipped over a million copies by August 2019, and received generally favorable reviews from critics.


Screenshot showing a party of four in the overworld

Dragon Quest Builders 2 features the ability for players to find materials and use them to construct buildings and other equipment. New features not found in the previous game include the ability to glide and travel underwater, as well as a fast-travel function based on a retro-style map.[citation needed] Unlike the first Dragon Quest Builders, the game allows for up to four players to play together cooperatively via online play, as well as wireless play on the Switch version.[1]

It is an action role-playing sandbox game as opposed to the Dragon Quest series' typical turn-based style.[1] This hack-and-slash combat system features two moves; A standard attack, and a "Spinning Slice".[2]


Dragon Quest Builders 2 takes place some time after the events of Dragon Quest II, and centers around a group called the Children of Hargon, who seek revenge for the defeat of Hargon and Malroth by the descendants of Erdrick, by ensuring that all builders are eliminated and that no one be allowed to create anything. Players control either a male or female builder, known as the Hero, who is captured by this group along with all other builders in the world on a ship. The player character escapes, washing up on the Isle of Awakening, where they meet a person named Malroth, who has no memory of his past. Malroth aids the player-character in improving their building powers.[2]


Dragon Quest Builders 2 was developed by Koei Tecmo's studio Omega Force and Square Enix for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4,[3] and first released in Japan on December 20, 2018,[4] and in North America and Europe on July 12, 2019.[2][5] A playable demo was released on June 27, 2019.[6] Multiple features were added to Dragon Quest Builders 2 that the first game lacked, including both online and offline multiplayer for up to four players, an optional first-person perspective, underwater exploration, and gliding.[5] A Microsoft Windows version was released on December 10, 2019, and includes all previous downloadable content for free.[7]


Aggregate score
MetacriticPS4: 86/100[8]
NS: 85/100[9]
Review scores
Game Informer9/10[11]
Game Revolution4/5 stars[12]
GamesRadar+5/5 stars[13]
Nintendo Life8/10 stars[15]
Nintendo World Report9.5/10[16]
Pocket Gamer4/5 stars[17]
USgamer4.5/5 stars[19]

Dragon Quest Builders 2 received "generally favorable reviews" according to review aggregator Metacritic.[8][9] Famitsu awarded Dragon Quest Builders 2 with a score of 37/40.[20] By August 2019, the game had shipped 1.1 million copies worldwide.[21]


Year Award Category Result Ref
2019 Famitsu Awards Excellence Prize Won [22]
Japan Game Awards Award for Excellence Won [23]
2019 Golden Joystick Awards Nintendo Game of the Year Nominated [24]
2020 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Family Game of the Year Nominated [25]
NAVGTR Awards Game, Franchise Family Nominated [26]


  1. ^ Nintendo published the Switch version outside of Japan
  2. ^ Known in Japan as Dragon Quest Builders 2: God of Destruction Shidō and the Empty Island (Japanese: ドラゴンクエストビルダーズ2 破壊神シドーとからっぽの島, Hepburn: Doragon Kuesuto Birudāzu 2 Hakai-shin Shidō to Karappo no Shima)


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  2. ^ a b c McWhertor, Michael (February 13, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2 comes to Switch, PS4 this summer". Polygon. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  3. ^ Doolan, Liam. "Koei Tecmo Worked On The Action Segments In Dragon Quest Builders 2". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  4. ^ Barder, Ollie. "'Dragon Quest Builders 2' Gets Its Japanese Release This December". Forbes. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
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  6. ^ Fischer, Tyler. "Dragon Quest Builders 2 Demo Now Available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch". ComicBook.com. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
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  11. ^ Cork, Jeff (July 12, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2". Game Informer. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Faulkner, Jason (July 11, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2 Review | Building on a firm foundation". Game Revolution. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  13. ^ Weber, Rachel (July 11, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2: "A beautiful mashup of iconic games with a quirky sense of humour"". GamesRadar+. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  14. ^ Hafer, T.J. (July 12, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2 Review". IGN. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  15. ^ Vogel, Mitch (July 11, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2 Review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  16. ^ Rudek, Jordan (July 11, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Switch)". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  17. ^ Bald, Cameron (July 11, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2 review - "An inventive and engrossing sequel"". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  18. ^ Hawkins, Josh (July 11, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2 review: Build me a kingdom". Shacknews. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  19. ^ Oxford, Nadia (July 11, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2 Review". USgamer. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  20. ^ Romano, Sal (December 18, 2018). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1568". Gematsu. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  21. ^ Romano, Sal (August 8, 2019). "Dragon Quest Builders 2 final update launches August 20 in Japan, shipments top 1.1 million". Gematsu. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  22. ^ Brian (April 5, 2019). "Famitsu Award 2018 winners announced - Smash Bros. wins Game of the Year, Sakurai named MVP, more". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  23. ^ Craddock, Ryan (September 13, 2019). "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Dominates The Japan Game Awards 2019". Nintendo Life. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  24. ^ "Golden Joystick Awards 2019". GamesRadar+. Archived from the original on September 28, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  25. ^ Chalk, Andy (January 13, 2020). "Control and Death Stranding get 8 nominations each for the 2020 DICE Awards". PC Gamer. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  26. ^ "2019 Nominees". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. January 13, 2020. Retrieved January 18, 2020.

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