Dragon Quest X Has An Impressive 300,000 Daily Active Players In Japan

By Sato . March 14, 2014 . 5:23pm

It’s safe to say that the current top two MMORPG titles in Japan are Dragon Quest X and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Long before that, it was Final Fantasy XI that led the chage, and even today continues its service in the competitive marketplace. Recently, the producers of all three games got together for a 4Gamer interview.


The interview starts with 4Gamer asking the three producers to talk a little about the present state of their respective titles.


“I’d like to start out by talking about the current number of players (accounts for Final Fantasy XIV), as we currently surpassed the mark of 1.8 million,” starts Naoki Yoshida. “The total number of characters is at 6.75 million, and the total playtime just surpassed 400 million hours.”


4Gamer then asks how many of the 1.8 million accounts are active on a daily basis.



“Hmm, daily actives are numbers that can easily be misunderstood… and the peak time between Japan and other countries are different,” responds Yoshida. “If we go by the amount of people who log in each day, it’s about 500,000 people worldwide. There are people who also log in at least once every two days, so if we were to include those, the the figure would be much higher.”


“As far as the number goes for specific countries… sorry, you’ll have to excuse me on that front. Although, I believe a global administrator for MMORPG titles would say something along the lines of China having the most people,” says Yoshida with a laugh.


Next, 4Gamer asks Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saito to share a few words on the current state of his side.


“We’ve only released the game in Japan, so you’ll be getting only Japan’s numbers, but we have about 300,000 people a day who actively enjoy the game,” answers Saito. “Thanks to having released version 2 at the end of last year, we’ve had even more active players since then.”


“At the time, we feared that version 2 could have actually decreased the amount of players,” he continues. “However, that didn’t happen so we were relieved. Well, it was a little unexpected that people who purchased version 2 and haven’t even been to Lendagia [One of the main continents in Dragon Quest X].”


4Gamer asks what the reason for that could be.


“… Maybe they’re spending their time in the casino. It feels as though they’re all playing at their own paces,” suggests Saito.


Finally, 4Gamer asks about how Final Fantasy XI is doing.


“Comparing it to the previous two titles, it’d be hard for me to say,” responds Final Fantasy XI producer Akihiko Matsui. “Last year we released ‘Seekers of Adoulin’ and we’ve had quite a lot of players return to the game. However, due to the influence of Final Fantasy XIV, we’ve had a lot of people go over to that game.”


“Now now, if you say that then companies who manage other online games might get upset by hearing that!” chimes in Yoshida. “I’ve seen the actual numbers, and you guys still have a lot of players. In the midst of Dragon Quest X and Final Fantasy XIV’s competition, you guys still manage to have that many players, which I think is actually amazing.”

  • Kaetsu

    Well you could always increase those numbers *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge*

    • GH56734

      They blocked non-Japanese IPs. They really don’t want it.

      • Dystopiq

        I think he means make a Global Version.

  • Are you trying to hurt us emotionally Japan?

    Because right now you’re really good at it. ( ; __ ;)

    *insert obligatory localization cry*

    • otakumike

      At least we got FF14. At least. T^T

  • idrawrobots

    I wanna get MY slime on.

  • ZnTxn

    And I bet one of those is Togashi. ;_____;

    • Alestaos

      Sorry to ask but where is your display pic from it looks so familiar.

      • Nyum

        From the game Exstetra. Been a few articles about it on this site.

  • Anime10121

    The main page text said Final Fantasy IX producer and I started to get excite… but you meant XI :(

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    puff puff

  • WolfDuo

    LOL I brought a Wii just for this! More fool me..-__-
    I guess I shal have to get Smsh Bros to comfort me.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Wii U is more like it

      Wii is only good now because of GameCube BC
      And Nintendo is shutting off online for it in May

      Better off getting a Wii U that has Wii BC…though the current Wii U library is kinda weak…

  • Dystopiq

    “Look at how many people that aren’t you are playing DQ X”

    T-thanks SE.

  • You know, Square Enix, there’d be a lot more people playing it if you’d just localise it……….>_>

    • NinaBright

      Dragon Quest is probably dead in America, sadly. Nintendo and Square-Enix both tried to make it work, but they never got the numbers they wanted out of it.

      • Dragon Quest sells more than the average game in America. Square Enix just has unrealistic expectations. This is the same company that was disappointed with selling 3.4 million copies of a game in one month.

        • KnifeAndFork


          DQ IX sold over a million in the U.S. alone

          S-E was quick to bash Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution and Tomb Raider when all three sold well over a million, yet you don’t hear a peep out of them when FF XIII LR barely reaches 300k in the U.S. for PS3 and 140k for 360..

          Just goes to show you where their heads at…

          • Guy Rainey

            Really? Dragon Quest sold a million? Where do you get your numbers? That’s terrific if true.

          • Those are numbers from Nintendo. Between the US and Europe DQIX did sell over a million, but that was entirely down to Nintendo marketing.

  • KiTA

    Important thing I noticed: “We’ve only released the game in Japan, so you’ll be getting only Japan’s numbers, but we have about 300,000 people a day who actively enjoy the game,” answers Saito.

    Not “DQX is Only in Japan.” “We’ve only released the game in Japan.” That specifically is worded to leave the possibility open for localized versions in the future.

    • Kaetsu

      I still believe it’s coming mostly because it’s a main series game and not a spin-off.

  • Captain Levi

    And I still don’t understand where the official site is.
    If there is a PC version.
    If it’s free or not.

    What ?

    • Brandonmkii

      It’s for PC/Wii/WiiU. Not free to play.

      • KnifeAndFork

        Also smartphone

      • Captain Levi

        Ok, thanks.

    • KnifeAndFork



      • Captain Levi

        I’ve read that the game has 2 hours of free to play every day or something – this is where my doubts were born.

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    300k NEETs playing Dragon Quest X isn’t a good figure, if you ask me.

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