Dragon Quest Tact launches worldwide on January 27

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Dragon Quest Tact will launch globally on January 27, Square Enix announced today, with pre-registration now available for both iOS and Android. English, French, Traditional Chinese, and Korean languages will all be supported for the global release.

In classic Dragon Quest fashion, Dragon Quest Tact sends you on a journey to save the world from the forces of evil. You’ll recruit iconic Dragon Quest monsters for tactical battles that play out on a grid-based map, and upgrade your favourites to strengthen your party. Basically, it’s a tactical RPG with gacha elements, a formula that’s worked well for games like Fire Emblem Heroes and War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.

Android users have been able to pre-register since the global release of Dragon Quest Tact was first announced back in September, and as of today, pre-registration is available for iOS as well. Pre-registering will let Google Play or the App Store notify you when the game is available, and in the case of Google Play, you can optionally have it automatically download and install the game. For a limited time from launch, anyone who installs Dragon Quest Tact will get the King Slime monster for free.

Here’s an overview of the game, from it’s Google Play listing:

Befriend, train, and lead a team of monsters to victory! Recruit a colorful cast of creatures from the legendary DRAGON QUEST series and experience monstrously strategic combat!

◆ BUILD THE ULTIMATE MONSTER TEAM!
Assemble a roster of monsters both cuddly and terrifying! Train, equip, and customize them to make them your very own!

◆ OUTWIT YOUR ENEMIES IN BATTLE!
Orchestrate your monsters’ movements in a pocket-sized tactical experience! Pick-up-and-play controls and deep tactical elements give experts and newcomers something to enjoy. Study the battlefield and outwit your foes on-the-go!

◆ EVERY MONSTER HAS A PLACE
Monsters of all rarity levels and strengths have a role to play! Resourceful players will be rewarded on the Battle Road, where monsters of all power levels will be required. An ever-growing list of freely obtainable monsters means that you can grow your roster without spending at all!

◆ A RICH AND VIBRANT ADVENTURE AWAITS
Long ago, when an evil force brought the world of Orchesterra to the brink of destruction, a legendary hero led a loyal band of monsters in defiance. Thanks to their courage and wit, the dark lord was sealed away, bringing peace to the world. Ages have passed, and once again the threat of evil looms over Orchesterra – will you rise to the task?

Directed by Yuji Horii, featuring the inspirational music composed by Koichi Sugiyama, and monster design by the visionary creator of the DRAGON BALL series, Akira Toriyama, DRAGON QUEST TACT will immerse you in a marvelous world of fantasy, magic, and memorable monsters!

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