In celebration of the Dragon Quest series' 30th anniversary, Square Enix has finally revealed their plans for the western release of Dragon Quest Builders. In a press release, the company said:
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the DRAGON QUEST® franchise, SQUARE ENIX® today announced that DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS™ will arrive in North America in October 2016. In this all-new building adventure, players will use their creativity to gather and combine a variety of unique tools and materials in order to rebuild Alefgard, a realm destroyed by the menacing ruler of the monsters, the Dragonlord.The title offers sandbox gameplay combined with an immersive story and allows players to interact with a host of iconic characters and monsters. Players can let their imagination run wild to create an infinite variety of structures, in response to extravagant requests from citizens eager to find new homes. With an easy-to-learn and quick-to-master control system, DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS will have builders of all skill levels creating masterpieces in no time. DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS will arrive in October 2016 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and digitally on the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system at North American retailers, the PlayStation®Store, and the Square Enix Online Store (https://store.na.square-enix.com/).
Unlike the Japanese release, this press release reveals that we will not be receiving a PS3 version of the game. Along with this news, it was revealed the PlayStation Vita version will be a digital-only release.
We expect to see more of the game at E3 2016.