Dragon Quest X Sells 1 Million In Japan

By Ishaan . March 27, 2014 . 6:50am

Dragon Quest X, Square Enix’s MMORPG for PC, Wii, Wii U and smartphones (via cloud streaming), has sold 1 million copies, the game’s producer, Yosuke Saito, has announced via Twitter.


Saito did not provide a breakdown of sales via platform, but in a recent interview, he did share that the game has around 300,000 daily active players in Japan.


Dragon Quest X has not been announced for release in the west. In Japan, Square have been updating the game regularly with new content.

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  • Jason

    It took that long for a Dragon Quest title to reach a million sales in Japan?

    • Prithivi

      That’s what they get for doing an online only main DQ. I don’t think this is what fans wanted. Anyway, I’d play it if they released it here, but it seems so unlikely…

      • Prithivi

        * by “here” I mean outside Japan xD

      • Paradox me

        That’s what they get for doing an online only main DQ.

        In the context of an MMO that’s only been released in a single region, 1 million sales is pretty fantastic. That’s less than what a singleplayer entry would do, but it’s significantly more than most games could ever hope to do on the Japanese charts.

        300,000 active subscribers is equally impressive, and speaks more for the game’s success than just sales figures. Final Fantasy XI sold a fraction of what other numbered titles have sold since VII, and it still managed to become the most profitable entry in the series after a decade of operation and some ~400,000 average subscribers.

        Even more important than overall profits is the fact that the game should prove to be a steady source of revenue for years to come, which is particularly appealing to a company whose regular business relies heavily on high stakes gambles (AAA) and an endless stream of low budget titles that are very much hit-or-miss (mobile, browser).

        It may not be what fans wanted, but many are clearly enjoying the game and I doubt Square is cursing its moderate success.

      • idrawrobots

        Square Enix shouldn’t be including online games within the main numerals, ie. Phantasy Star. But I still want this.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      It will make more money than any mainline DQ in the end so who cares ? :p

  • .__.
    It hurts Square. It hurts so much.
    Please, it’s almost like you are intentionally rubbing salt into the wound that is left in my bleeding heart.
    But you could cure it.
    There’s a certain special procedure called localization. It saves aching hearts.

    • GH56734

      I’m more worried about what would happen when the servers go offline, eventually, and I mean no more than five to seven years.
      This game would then blink out of existence altogether.
      It wouldn’t be so bad for the average MMO, but this is still a full-fledged Dragon Quest game, with a long main single-player quest and a proper ending.

  • Virevolte

    Baka baka baka !
    It’s not like I want you to come over or something !

    • 永次

      What are you doing?

      • BossBullet

        He’s saying that in hopes it will come over

      • Ssshhhhhh!
        He’s using the Tsundere tactic!
        It lures them into wanting to please us because we act like we don’t want it.
        now, I-It’s not like I want DQX! ….But it’s not like I hate it either.

        • PreyMantis

          If that doesn’t work, go yandere.

    • French

    • Asukai Kari

      Tsundere tactic is truly epic

  • Masa

    didn’t this game come out forever ago and its only now made 1 million sales, that’s terrible for a Dragon Quest game.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      It is online game. Which is probably one of the biggest sales it can hope for here.

  • Brimfyre

    Man, it would be so nice to come home after work and just chill on the couch and play some online DQ.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    DQ X sells zero everywhere else in the world :(

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    took this long to hit 1mili? I guess its back to the waiting game

  • Gongasm

    Shut it down and give us Togashi back

    • French

      he’d just find some other addictive game

  • French

    wow, what a shame that this game hasn’t had a western release.. i’m not too bothered as its not a handheld title

  • John Pena

    How about bringing Dragon Quest VII Square Enix!!!

  • Kaetsu

    Bad sales for DQ but good sales for an MMO. Weird situation.

  • tubers

    Really see this coming to the next generation 3DS :)

  • I said it before and I’ll say it again. You know, Square Enix, you’d sell a lot more if you’d just localize it. >_>

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      No, they won’t. Subscription based MMOs are dead in the West. That’s why both WoW and EQ2, the only two MMOs to withstand the passing of time [post EQ] had to go that way eventually one way or the other~.

      • Not necessarily. It’s on the Wii and Wii U. Both consoles have games on them from Japan with subscription fees that were dropped for the US. Of course, the games I’m thinking about (Monster Hunter) were made by Capcom, so there’s a big difference right there. Also, who says subscription based MMO’s are dead in the West with Elder Scrolls Online coming out soon? Being Dragon Quest, whether they keep the sub fee or not, there are tons of fans who would still get and play it regardless.

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          That a subscription based MMO is coming out doesn’t mean it’ll make it anywhere. If you don’t believe me ask Vanguard, Age of Conan, Aion, Star Wars: The Old Republic and so on and so forth. They didn’t last. And to save some face they had to go F2P. Let me say this again: subscription based MMOs are dead in the West. Anyone attempting them will last a couple months…at most, history has shown this~.

          • Well, we’ll just have to wait and see then.

  • MaskedHero99

    I wanna get into dragon quest…I need some advise what game should I start with

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      A localized one~.

  • Alva Lilith

    Wait 100 years from now

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