Dragon Quest XI Sells Over 2 Million Copies In Two Days

Dragon Quest is still unbelievably popular in Japan.

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The newest installment in the Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, made its long-awaited debut in Japan last week, and despite its short time on the market, the game has made an impressive impact so far. Japanese publication Famitsu reports that the RPG sold over 2 million copies in its first two days of availability (via Gematsu).

According to Famitsu, the PlayStation 4 and 3DS versions sold a combined 2,080,806 units from July 29-30. Famitsu reports that the PS4 title sold 950,338 copies, while the 3DS version sold 1,130,468. These figures are certainly impressive, though not altogether unexpected; the Dragon Quest series remains phenomenally popular in Japan, so much so that a special edition Dragon Quest-themed PS4 and a Metal Slime 3DS XL were released alongside the new game. Each system came bundled with a copy of the title, which were included in Famitsu's total, though digital sales numbers were not factored in.

Last week, Square Enix finally confirmed that Dragon Quest XI will receive a western release, though the title won't arrive until sometime in 2018. In a video update, series creator Yuji Horii revealed that work on localizing the game was already underway, though given the substantial amount of text it contains, it would take some time to bring over. "There's quite a lot of text, so it's an exorbitant amount of work," Horii said. "But we're doing our best and working hard to get this game to all of you as soon as possible, so I sincerely hope you look forward to the game."

Square Enix hasn't confirmed which version of Dragon Quest XI it is releasing in the West, though with any luck, both PS4 and 3DS owners will have a chance to play the title. Despite sharing the same storyline, the two versions look quite different from one another, making each a unique experience. A Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest XI is also in the works, though Square Enix has yet to share more details about it. Along with traditional turn-based combat, the game boasts a Zone and Link battle system and gives players the ability to ride certain monsters.

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12 f*****g years since the last Dragon Quest. Too long. DQ9 was handheld-don't care about that, DQ10 was online bullshit and a sales bomb for the franchise-don't care about that either. Finally proper single player DQ for a proper console. Learn from your mistakes Square and while you're at it try to bring back Final Fantasy on the right track.

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Famitsus review of the game...any link?

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@sladakrobot: Famitsu score has been delayed to next issue. You should look for the score next monday or tuesday. I expect at least 38/40 but i think it could get 40/40. I check it out here http://gematsu.com/tag/famitsu-review-scores. Where are you from? Croatia,Bosnia,Serbia?

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@blood-souls: thx,i'll keep an eye on it.

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@sladakrobot: 40/40. What did i tell you my friend. Masterpiece!

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@blood-souls: yeah,i saw it. Looking forward

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@sladakrobot: makedonska here. Sravo!

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@pcps4xb: zdravo majstore :-)

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@sladakrobot: Yep. I know what sladak means. Serbian girl taught me:-)

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Listen, the day it dropped I was looking for translation apps because I wanted to play so bad. Then I heard the news it was coming to the west. I put my wallet away. Still its a daily battle, I want to play it that bad. I don't want to wait. :(

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While the 3DS version looks really cool with the sprite version playing on the bottom screen, I gotta go with the PS4 version. The graphics mix so well with Toriyama's art style and the level design reminds me so much of DQ VIII.

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Of course 3DS outsells PS4 in Japan. Japanese people do not have time to play games at home.

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@jamesbr27: 3ds also has 6 times the install base in Japan.

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@pcps4xb: Because they dont spend much time at home, they play on the go, while going from work to more work.

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@jamesbr27: yes but thats not the only reason. Therr are 5 million ps4's in Japan vs 30 million 3ds's. And 3ds only had 180K more sales. So a bigger install base definitely has a major impact on why it sold more on 3ds.

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@pcps4xb: *3ds sold 23m in japan. Anyway this list dont count digital download which ps4 has 4x times bigger use than 3ds japan. Judging by just how well nier automata and persona 5 sold digitally we might get 200k digital with dq branding.

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@sakaixx: that's pretty darn good sales lol thanks for the info.

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As long as the console version comes to the west, I don't care for handheld shit.

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@metsuri: Hear, hear

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@metsuri: why not if you buy both versions of console as well as the handheld we are bound to get more as every sale will boost the series populrity another thing even if you dont like the handheld shit you can just have the handheld version as a collectors item.

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Gonna pick up Kingdom Hearts 3 first only for the Toy Story feature and will pick up Dragon Quest Xl when it's on sale.

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@davillain-: Sorry to burst your bubble, but I'm pretty confident Dragon Quest XI will come out before Kingdom Hearts 3. DQXI need only be localized, Kingdom hearts still needs to be....well, finished.

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Worst video ever. I want the game though.

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Looking forward to this and Kingdom Hearts 3 next year. It's going to be a good 2018 :3

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Hope it delivers, like DQ8 from ps2.

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This is such great news!

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I'll get both versions, that retro bottom screen on 3DS is such a great use for the dual screens

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