Start crafting in the Dragon Quest Builders demo, available now for PS4 and PS VITA

Brodie Fogg 28 September 2016

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Dragon Quest fans can try out Square Enix's answer to Minecraft starting today.

Dragon Quest Builders offers the building, inventory management and survival aspects of Minecraft in a rich fantasy world courtesy of Dragon Quest. Starting from today, PlayStation and PS Vita owners can download the Dragon Quest Builders demo for free from the PlayStation Store.

Ahead of the game's 13 October release, players can delve into the game's introductory chapter which tasks the hero with restoring a dilapidated town, battling fierce monsters and completing a series of quests on a huge open island. Players will assume the role of Builders' tunic-clad hero in the plagued world of Alefgard, a once peaceful human land that's been overtaken by the menacing Dragonlord and its many despicable minions. Players will make their way through Builders, taking on epic quests to restore order to the land all while building their own fortresses, castles and strongholds. While half of the fun is building bases, a player's base is always at risk of being decimated by Dragonlord's rampaging peons, so defending your creations is key.

Games like Minecraft have been harnessing the power of imagination by giving them a massive open sand-box world to fill with their creations. It's a gorgeous concept that's gone on to sell over 24 million copies on PC and Mac alone. The only thing Minecraft doesn't have is a deep and storied fantasy lore for the universe in which its set. That's where Dragon Quest comes in. The Japanese RPG series has produced 11 core titles and multiple spin-offs over 20 years and has become instantly recognisable thanks to Akira Toriyama's (Dragon Ball Z) iconic style.

Check out the lengthy trailer below for a deeper look into the universe of Dragon Quest Builders.

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