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RPG-brawler Dragon Quest Heroes coming to Steam in December

Square Enix’s RPG-inspired beat-’em-up Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to PC platforms via Steam by the end of the year, and players eager to join the brawl can purchase the game prior to its release at a discount for a limited time.

The bonus-bundled Slime Edition of Dragon Quest Heroes is currently up for pre-order via Steam for $54.

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Featuring an array of characters and creatures from Square Enix’s long-running Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest Heroes opts out of the traditional turn-based gameplay of its ancestors and places players in the middle of sprawling battlefields filled with hundreds of enemy characters. Players head into battle alongside AI-controlled partner characters in a bid to capture enemy outposts and clear out invading armies.

Dragon Quest Heroes is developed by Omega Force, creator of the popular brawlers Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors. The company has produced multiple beat-’em-ups based on licensed properties in recent years, including Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage and One Piece: Pirate Warriors.

Omega Force recently partnered with Nintendo in developing Hyrule Warriors, an over-the-top Wii U brawler inspired by the Legend of Zelda franchise. Dragon Quest Heroes follows suit with settings and narrative content adapted from Square Enix’s RPG series.

The Steam version of Dragon Quest Heroes includes eleven Slime Weapons previously released as DLC for the PlayStation 4 edition. Also included are two bonus maps not featured in the game’s original console release.

Dragon Quest Heroes promises strategy-oriented gameplay in addition to its brawling mechanics, allowing players to level up their party members to earn new combat skills. Monsters defeated in battle can also be enlisted and deployed to fight alongside the player, expanding the game’s tactical options.

Dragon Quest Heroes will launch digitally via Steam for Windows PCs on December 3rd.