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Square Enix has announced impressive sales numbers for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is an odd beast. It a hugely popular game from a hugely popular franchise – particularly in Japan – but no one really talks about it.

As if to remind everyone about how big a deal it is, Square Enix has announced that the Dragon Quest XI has now shipped 5.5 million copies since launch, including downloads.

The number takes into account copies shifted on PlayStation 4, Steam, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch, and is impressive given the series’ relative lack of traction in the West.

Commenting on the game’s performance, series creator and game designer, Yuji Horii, says:

“I strongly believe that this figure has only been achieved thanks to our fans who have always loved the Dragon Quest series and also the new players who discovered Dragon Quest or JRPGs through this title. If I could ever go back in time to meet myself when I was still making the very first Dragon Quest, I would love to tell him, ‘In 30 years’ time, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has been released and loved by international fans beyond seas and languages.’ I will carry on doing my very best to deliver further Dragon Quest titles to our fans worldwide. Thank you very much to all the fans who have enjoyed the title!”

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive is available now. If you want to try it out, there’s a excellent free demo available on the Nintendo Switch. All progress made carries over into the full game.

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