If you’ve never heard of Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai, I wouldn’t blame you. The manga series started in the pages of Weekly ShÅ�nen Jump back in 1989, following the exploits of the titular Dai and his friends as they embarked on a quest for revenge in a world full of humans, demons, and the classic monsters of the Dragon Quest series. The comic ran until 1996 and was also adapted into an anime, as well as a few theatrical films, back in the ’90s.
After lying dormant for a few decades, Square Enix has revived the property with a new manga series, a new anime adaptation of the original manga, and a trio of games that were announced last spring. A Hero’s Bonds is the first of those games to make it outside of Japan. It’s a free-to-play RPG developed by DeNA and published by Square Enix. DeNA is a developer you probably most associate with Nintendo’s mobile output, but it’s worked with Square Enix before on the hit title Final Fantasy: Record Keeper.
A Hero’s Bonds represents the developer’s first crack at the Dragon Quest franchise, but rather than doing something bold with it to make the title stand out in a ruthlessly competitive field, DeNA has chosen to play it disappointingly safe.