Augmented Reality Game on Dragon Quest Set for Release

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Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--Square Enix Co. on Monday unveiled an augmented reality smartphone game app featuring Dragon Quest, its popular role-playing game series.

In the Dragon Quest Walk game, which utilizes the positioning data of smartphones, players will walk around cities, battle on-screen enemy monsters and increase the number of defeated monsters in their directories, according to the major Japanese game maker. Monsters and items related to locations appear on the smartphone screens.

Square Enix will provide a prototype version of the app to a total of 20,000 people in Tokyo and the six other prefectures in the Kanto eastern Japan region on June 11. The company will release the game across the nation later this year.

While Pokemon Go, a blockbuster smartphone game, utilizes videos taken by smartphone cameras, Dragon Quest Walk combines detailed map data with game images.

Landmarks in the country's 47 prefectures will be programmed into Dragon Quest Walk, with adventures related to the sites to be provided to players, a move likely to help promote tourism.

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