Augmented Reality Game on Dragon Quest Set for Release

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Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--Square Enix Co. <9684> said Monday it will launch an augmented reality smartphone game featuring Dragon Quest, a popular role-playing game, within this year.

In the game, which uses positioning information of smartphones, players will walk around cities, fight monsters and increase the number of monsters they defeat on their directories, according to the major Japanese game maker. Monsters and items related to locations appear on the smartphone screens.

Players can battle with strong monsters if they visit places set as "landmarks" in each of the country's 47 prefectures, such as Tokyo Tower, Nagoya Castle in the city of Nagoya, the capital of the central prefecture of Aichi, and the statue of feudal warlord Date Masamune on horseback in the city of Sendai, the capital of the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi.

Players can download the game for free, but will likely be charged for in-game purchases.

During an event held in Tokyo on Monday to introduce the game, Kazuhiro Ozawa, a member of comedy duo Speed Wagon, defeated a monster that appeared on his smartphone near Tokyo Tower.

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