On Saturday at the PS Carnival event in Taipei, Taiwan, fans of Itadaki Street, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy got an exclusive look at the upcoming 30th Anniversary celebration of the franchises in the form of Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary. Now if that’s not a tongue twister, we don’t know what is.
In the build-up to the game’s release, Square Enix has dedicated much of their presence at events in Asia to the promotion of Itadaki Street: DQ&FF30. In yesterdays 30-minute PS4 gameplay preview, viewers saw as beloved characters from the two franchises went head-to-head in an epic battle for… real estate?
That’s right – for those unfamiliar with Itadaki Street, it’s sort of an amalgamation between Super Mario Party and Monopoly, sometimes fused with timeless characters from various franchises, but was only introduced outside of Japan after the 2011 release of the Wii version, re-titled Fortune Street.
The game draws heavily from the work and influence of Yujii Hori, the creator of both Dragon Quest and Itadaki Street, drawing from the many incarnations of the Monopoly-style digital board game. Featuring well-loved characters from both series, it pays homage to three decades of RPG goodness from both universes, celebrating their lifetimes in this pastel-infused party game.
Little can be gleaned from the Livestream and trailers other than the aesthetics and some features of the gameplay, but it seems that a great deal of thought and passion has gone into its creation and execution. Whilst October 19th has been confirmed as the launch date for the new Itadaki Street in Japan for the PS4 and PS Vita, there currently isn’t a confirmed western release date.