Dragon Quest X Has 400,000 Paying Subscribers, Western Release Possibly Hinted

By Giuseppe Nelva

November 6, 2012

Square Enix announced today with a press release that Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online, currently counts more than 400,000 paying subscribers.

The game sold about 590,000 copies  (and shipped more than 700,000) since its launch in August, meaning that about 68% of of those that purchased it decided to stick with it and pay the monthly fee.

The number is actually rather impressive, considering that it includes only Japanese gamers and the game still has to see its release on the Wii U next spring.

As a potentially interesting detail, the press release mentioned in passing that the Dragon Quest series is “actively expanding” in the US and Europe, having shipped a total of 59 million units worldwide.

This might be an hint to a possible western release. Why mentioning that the series is “actively expanding” in the foreign market in a press release related to Dragon Quest X, if you aren’t planning for it to be part of that expansion?

Of course, take this part as a rumor, as no official confirmation has come from the publisher, but come on Square Enix. There’s a limit to teasing.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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