The Dragon Quest franchise has always been huge in Japan, and the recently-released Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age is no exception. After just two days on sale, the game has sold over 2 million units across both Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4, with the 3DS version (1,130,468 units) selling a couple hundred thousand more copies than the PS4 version (950,338 units).
These are exceptional numbers for any game in Japan, and cements Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age as a massive success in the region. As the days go by, Dragon Quest 11 should continue to sell well in Japan, especially since there are two distinct versions of the game available to Japanese gamers.
What’s more, Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age should have considerable legs when compared to most games. That’s because it has a third version on the way for the Nintendo Switch, which will presumably have visuals more in line with the PS4 Dragon Quest 11 than the one on 3DS. It stands to reason that the large number of Japanese gamers that prefer gaming on a handheld may double dip and pick up DQ11 for both 3DS and Switch, which could boost its sales even more.
It’s also worth pointing out that Dragon Quest 11 hasn’t even released outside of Japan, meaning that there are millions of potential consumers that haven’t even had the chance to buy the game yet. Unfortunately for gamers in the west, a North American Dragon Quest 11 release won’t happen until 2018, and even then it’s unclear if Square Enix plans on localizing all three versions of the game.
We know that the PS4 version will be localized, but whether or not the 3DS and Switch versions have an international release plans remains to be seen. Considering the Nintendo Switch’s popularity in the US and Europe, one has to imagine that version of the game is almost a guarantee, but 3DS games are not nearly as popular in North America as they are in Japan.
Regardless of what platforms Dragon Quest 11 releases for in 2018, the game’s already impressive sales numbers are sure to climb even higher. When it’s all said and done, it will be interesting to see if Dragon Quest 11 becomes the highest-selling game in the franchise.
Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age is out now in Japan for PS4 and 3DS, with a Nintendo Switch version coming later this year, and a western release to follow in 2018.