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Square Enix looking to sell five million copies of Dragon Quest XI

Posted on May 13, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News, Switch

Square Enix has high hopes for Dragon Quest XI. When Square Enix delivered its latest financial results earlier in the week, CFO Kazuharu Watanabe mentioned that the company is looking to achieve sales of five million copies.

Kazuharu’s comment did not refer to one specific version of the game. Dragon Quest XI will be on 3DS and PlayStation 4, and eventually Switch as well. Kazuharu also did not say if the sales target only applies to Japan, though it may be unlikely for the RPG to head overseas within the next fiscal year.

Dragon Quest IX was the last big seller in the franchise at 4.3 million. However, when counting sales in the west, that amount is closer to 5.3 million.

Even if Dragon Quest XI sells more than IX, it might be difficult for it to surpass the DS game in terms of pure profit. After all XI has different versions involved and its scope is much larger.

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  • Lance Devon

    Localize it, then I will be one of those 5 million.

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  • Thewimo

    Localize the Special Edition 2DS XL and the game here and i will be sure to buy it.

  • hi v3.0

    I beat DQ8 last week and it was my first DQ game and I enjoyed it so I will be definitely get the Switch version once they localize everything

    • ジョシュ

      Does it has any replay value?

  • Localize it and I’ll be at least TWO of those five million, as I’ll definitely want both the 3DS and Switch (or PS4) version. I want to experience all of the graphical styles, after all. ^_^

  • ben

    Good luck. It looks boring.

    • TDude73

      Shut up, Meg.

      • nekoknight

        Home Alone?

  • Lol, scope is the nice word for it. The development cost difference between the two is probably wild.

    I am curious if they have their assumptions about which will sell better, and how much they care. Are they looking for it to do that much lifetime, or within the fiscal year?

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond

      Square-Enix has always had a weird way of deciding what is “good sales” I remember the Tomb Raider reboot sold a very good amount for what is a reboot franchise that has been lackluster and effectively dead for a while and they considered those sales “poor”. So I have no idea why they have such high hopes for DQ considering all 5 million will have to come from Japan alone.

      • Yeah, it didn’t hit their expectations. Which were. . . absolutely ridiculous numbers. Same for the Hitman game that had come out before that.

        Heh, I’m at the point where I shake my head at them on impulse, and can nod and smile when they surprise me. (Enix side not as bad, but they have some weird choices too at times.)

  • Nine

    5 million in Japan!? Yeah good one SE
    Even Pokémon sun/moon couldn’t reach 4 million in Japan
    But it’s worldwide than yeah I can see that happening

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Genre: RPG
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix / Toylogic
Release date: July 29, 2017 (3DS / JP), TBA (Switch)
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