Dragon Quest X Has Over 400,000 Paying Subscribers

By Ishaan . November 6, 2012 . 9:00am

In September, the Nihon Securities Journal reported that Wii MMORPG, Dragon Quest X, had about 300,000 paying subscribers, each paying 1,000 yen (about $13) a month to play the game.


At that point, Dragon Quest X had sold 556,000 copies in Japan, according to Japanese sales tracker, Media Create. This means that around half of Dragon Quest X buyers were paying the MMORPG’s monthly subscription fee.


Since then, the number of paid subscribers for Dragon Quest X has surpassed 400,000. Square Enix reported the news during their financial results briefing. As of the first week of October, Dragon Quest X had sold 568,000 copies in Japan.


It should be noted that Dragon Quest X was released in August, so it hasn’t taken very long at all for it to reach this milestone.


In contrast, it took Final Fantasy XI, another Square Enix MMORPG, 18 months to just about reach the 400,000 mark for paying subscribers. Then, two whole years after its release, Final Fantasy XI finally crossed 500,000 paying subscribers.


In Spring 2013, Square Enix will release Dragon Quest X for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console with HD graphics and support for the Wii U’s GamePad controller, which will allow players to play it away from their TV.

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  • This is actually exciting news. It seems like there is a fanbase for this game at least. While not as intriguing for me as PSO2 (despite my love of Dragon Quest), I’m still glad to see that it’s doing well. Hopefully Western gamers will get a chance to experience it as well. 

    • Godmars

      Wouldn’t exactly call this good news. Especially if you’re into single player games. Seeing a SP title, an RPG at that, going multiplayer.

      That’s less need to be creative in regards to story, not that there’s been less focus or ability on that already.

      • I don’t see why this is a problem at all, though. Final Fantasy XI didn’t stop future single-player Final Fantasy games from being released. Monster Hunter Frontier Online didn’t prevent regular Monster Hunter games from being released. And Square did just announce a remake of DQVII.

        Dragon Quest X is for people who want an ongoing, everlasting Dragon Quest game that they can play together with a large community of other players. It isn’t trying to do the same thing as a single-player RPG, and nor should it.

        • Budgiecat

          Plus I’m sure the people that don’t like it will just skip it and wait for the next one like FF XI…

        • Godmars

           But FF11 did directly influence FF12. Where once characters had specific  skills and weapon sets, they became generic. Even the story was general with no main character. And FF13 certainly suffers from MMO influences. 

          • I think that’s stretching things a little too far. If anything, FFXIII could have used more suffering of MMO influences. Maybe then, people wouldn’t have complained as much about the linearity. :P

            As for XII, that was just a creative decision specific to that game. Look at the differences between XII and XIII. The two are very unlike each other, so to say that XI had any sort of common bearing on the two of them isn’t quite accurate.

          • Godmars

            Pretty sure FF12 was set in FF11’s world. Know I’ve seen footage from 12’s final boss fight in an adventure featured in 11. And again, skills and weapons in FF12 where interchangeable. The only time there were differences was when a character had a summons, but even then I think anyone could use a summons.

            And just like FF12, in 13 you walked everywhere. With map limitations caused by unfamiliarity with HD. 13-2 shows that they could have made more diverse maps, but gameplay was still very similar to FF11 and 12.

          • @Godmars:disqus FFXI is set in Vanadiel. FFXII is set in Ivalice, which is where Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story are also set.

          • Godmars

             Still, didn’t stop a FFXII scenario from winding up in FFXI ;p

          • @Godmars:disqus I think you’re fighting a losing argument here. Square Enix characters show up in Mario 3-on-3 Hoops, but you don’t see them developing Dragon Quest Basketball, do you?

          • Godmars

             NO! Please don’t give them ideas!

            At least cheap ones.

          • Godmars

             Actually, not seeing how I’ve “lost” anything when the very worlds of FF11 and 12 are interchangeable. One doesn’t have rabbit-girls with natural spike high heels, that’s about it.

            Also not seeing how anyone’s won either when story quality in Square games have faded since their FF4-10, Chrono Trigger and Paper Mario days. And any Western fan who hasn’t imported – actually, can you even access – DQX is still waiting to find out if they’ll ever play it and in what capacity.

  • CirnoLakes

    I wonder how that compares to the numbers of other recent titles in Japan like Phantasy Star Online 2, Final Fantasy XIV, Tera, and so forth.

    • PSO2 is a free-to-play game, so I don’t think we can make a direct comparison. As for FFXIV… we should know in a few months once they relaunch the game. :)

      • CirnoLakes

        Haha, that was dumb of me. I was forgetting about the free to play fact for a second there.

        I think largely what I’m interested in is how well Tera is doing in Japan and how it is comparing to this game.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Tera bombed in Japan due to the sub fee being more then it should.

          • CirnoLakes

            So it was crazy even by Japanese standards.

            I know that games are expensive in Japan but even I was reeling when I first saw the price of it.

  • KiTA

    Any word on a US Release?  I imagine we’ll have to wait for the WiiU or inevitable PC port, but…

  • Budgiecat

    I wonder if that famous Japanese actress in her 80’s that complained about the game being online is a registered subscriber now :P

  • eh, I’m more interested in seeing the numbers it’ll have if it ever comes to the West.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    So now with Wii U, we can play online game in toilet while taking a popo?^_^

    I hope stylus won’t fall down to the bowl when i am trying to reply to friends comment lol.^_^

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