Gameplay will be split up into three stages: town, battle, and field. While battle stages are self-explanatory, field stages are open expanses of land that are more focused on exploration. Seamless battles with monsters, hidden and locked areas, changing weather patterns, and spontaneous quests are all things that can occur during field stages. Given the large size of the maps, fast travel between waypoints will also be available.
Town stages take place in the country of Zebion. Here, players will interact with different NPCs that serve the various functions one would expect from an RPG: Luida's Bar manages the party, Rikka's inn serves as multiplayer hub, a Dharma Priest acts as a means to change the protagonist's class, etc. Regular item, armor, and weapons shops will be accessible during these stages as well.
Dragon Quest Heroes II, which is set to release in Japan on May 27, 2016, is the sequel to the action-RPG Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below. Features for the game will include cross-save between the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita versions of the game and a new four-player online cooperative mode. There has been no announcement regarding a western release.