Dragon Quest X Has 300,000 Subscribers So Far

By Ishaan . September 27, 2012 . 9:00am

As of last week, Dragon Quest X has sold about 556,000 copies in Japan, since its August 2nd release in the territory.


That isn’t a very good sales figure for your usual Dragon Quest game, but Dragon Quest X isn’t a regular game—it’s an MMORPG. That means its real success is measured in terms of the number of paying subscribers that fork over a monthly fee to keep playing the game.


The Nihon Securities Journal (via Anime News Network) reports that Dragon Quest X has about 300,000 subscribers thus far. Each subscriber pays 1,000 yen (about $13) a month, so that’s 300 million yen (about $3.8 million) in monthly subscription revenues if Square can keep that number stable.


In comparison, Final Fantasy XI, another Square Enix MMO, peaked at about 600,000 subscribers. It remains to be seen whether or not Square Enix can continue to grow the number of paying Dragon Quest X subscribers over the next few years to such a figure.


Dragon Quest X employs an interesting model that allows for limited free play, even if you don’t pay a subscription fee. “Kids’ Time,” which runs from 4pm to 6pm on weekdays, and 1pm to 3pm on weekends, allows two hours of free play each day for children.


Next year, Square Enix will also release Dragon Quest X for Nintendo’s Wii U console. The Wii U version of the game will feature high-definition visuals. Prior to that, a significant update for the game in October will add two new job classes, the Ranger and Paladin.


Additionally, Square Enix are working their way toward a re-launch of their latest MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

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  • riceisnice

    These beans are pretty cool.

    • Yamaneko22

      Are there Senzu beans in DQX? ;)

  • Lance Buxley

    I think the numbers will drop, have a small spike with the Wii U release and then trail off to sub 150,000 a year after Wii U.

    • Usually, people provide some kind of theory when they make statements like these. :P

  • Ethan_Twain

    Is that figure for Final Fantasy XI for domestic subscribers or international total? 600,000 seems kinda low for a subscriber peak across all territories doesn’t it?

    • I believe that number might be worldwide. In 2004, the game had around 500,000 subscribers across North America and Japan combined.

    • entrydenied

      For the sake of putting it into perspective (i.e. one where WoW hasn’t been released yet), the game overshot the 500, 000 subscribers record which was held by Everquest.

  • malek86

    So there have been almost 600.000 sales and only 300.000 subscribers? Does that mean half the people are only playing in the free time slot, or simply shelved the game?

    • Paradox me

      A good mix of the two, I’m sure. It obviously won’t be a hit with every fan of the series, even ones who were willing to try an MMO, and Dragon Quest is quite popular with the kiddos who may not be able to swing a monthly fee.

      I’d be interested in seeing how many accounts are active on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, not just paid subscriptions.

      • malek86

        Well, chances are if you paid for the subscription, you are gonna use it. If it were free, it would be a different matter.

  • So half the people who bought it are subscribe to the game. Not that bad maybe the Wii U version will increase the number. 

  • $30632660

    I thought there were a lot more copies sold than that considering it’s Dragon Quest.

  • masaYT

    Does the game have a single player mode?

    •  yes, and no

      it’s mostly just busywork with the sibling you create

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    300k is not bad at all there.^_^ Especially with how MMO industry is going currently.(All must be free to play.)

    Considering that Wii U version is also going to come out on launch, maybe we will more increase there.^_^

  • MMO Dragon Quest is a mistake just like FF11 and 14…

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