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Watch the first 20 minutes of Dragon Quest Builders

A construction project appears!

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

If the block-based building of Minecraft appeals to you but you'd prefer a little more direction — or straight up blueprints that tell you exactly what to build — perhaps Dragon Quest Builders is for you. Or, if you simply have a longstanding love affair with Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest Builders might also be for you.

Square Enix's oft-compared-to-Minecraft spin-off of the Dragon Quest series takes place shortly after the events of the first game in the franchise. It tells the story of the kingdom of Alefgard after the Dragonlord of the original Dragon Quest took control of half the world. As the hero of Dragon Quest Builders, gifted with the power of construction, you're tasked with rebuilding that destroyed world. You'll help the citizens of Alefgard in their time of need, harvesting materials, crafting items and slaying slimes in a colorful new adventure.

Check out the first 20 minutes — give or take — of Dragon Quest Builders, taken from the game's E3 2016 demo.

Dragon Quest Builders will be released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita this October.

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