Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age performs well for Square Enix.
The latest financials from Square Enix make for a sober read, with net sales down 15 percent in the six months to the end of September, 2018.
A significant investment in Luminous Productions – a new subsidiary tasked with creating AAA games – played a part, as did a slow start for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and the poor performance of various mobile and browser titles.
One game that has sold well, however, is Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Square Enix has confirmed that the global shipment total for the game now exceeds four million units.
Series creator, Yuji Horii, has commented on the game’s performance in a press release, saying:
“I was truly delighted when I heard the news that Dragon Quest XI had exceeded four million sales worldwide. Back when I created the first Dragon Quest game, over thirty years ago, I could not possibly have dreamed that it would become a series that would cross the seas and be played by people all around the world. This is the eleventh numbered Dragon Quest title, and in depicting a ‘hero’s tale,’ also represents a new beginning for the series.
When I think that there are now over four million of these heroes all around the world, and each one has gone on their own individual adventure, it reminds me how glad I am we made the game. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the people who played Dragon Quest XI, both the fans of the previous games and the new fans who started with this one. Thank you all.”
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was first released in Japan in summer 2017, debuting on PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo 3DS. The localised PS4 and Steam editions came to the West in September. At the time of writing there’s no confirmation on whether the 3DS version will ever receive a Western release.