DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince is now available on Switch, ushering in the revival of the Dragon Quest Monsters franchise. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the ‘Monsters’ line of games, and this entry certainly brings back the gameplay fans know and love, but uses a different setting to get the job done.

For those who don’t know, DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince actually takes place within the world of Dragon Quest IV. In an interview with RPGSite, producer Kento Yokota explained how and why this came to be.

The Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker series — which had continued for about 10 years — had already concluded, and we were looking to renew the Monsters series, leading us to kick off this project. There were multiple changes from the previous games, but among them was our desire to build a solid storyline, and after consulting the creator of the Dragon Quest series, Yuji Horii, we decided to depict the story with Psaro as the protagonist.

…but when we considered enhancing the story further from previous Dragon Quest Monsters games and when we considered who might be a suitable protagonist when doing so, Psaro came to mind. It’s rare for the Dragon Quest series to focus on the antagonist, the dark side if you will, and I thought it would be a refreshing story to tell—Yuji Horii immediately agreed.

[Producer Kento Yokota]

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