Dec 18th, 2012

Square Enix Chief, Yoichi Wada, had the opportunity to post some surprising numbers for its latest MMORPG called Dragon Quest X. The great news is two-fold: first, the game has acquired over 400,000 subscribers. Second: the current number of subscribers has put the company in a good financial position, having already recovered the cost of developing the game.

It took Square Enix over 18 months for its first MMORPG, Final Fantasy XI, to hit the same subscriber total but do keep in mind that the market for MMOs has grown tremendously since then.

To clear up a concern some market researchers had, Wada cited the fact that they only shipped 600,000 copies of the game, and 400,000 are still active subscribers. For those that do not quite understand MMOs, the retention rate of subscribers is what decides how successful your game is.

Roughly two-thirds of all players who purchased this on the original Wii are still playing the game.  When comparing game sales of Dragon Quest X to some of their other games, Wada responded that Final Fantasy XI initially only shipped 120,000 copies when it launched, making Dragon Quest X look even more solid.

This proves that a MMO can work on the Wii and the Wii U going forward and I would expect to see a huge influx of subscribers after the US launch for the Wii U in 2013.

Dragon Quest X is currently available only on the Nintendo Wii in Japan, however it will launch for the Nintendo Wii U in Spring 2013. Square Enix has yet to reveal their plans for localization and release outside of Japan. Let us know how you all feel about a MMORPG making its way onto the Wii U in the comments below. Are you interested in playing it?

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  • Genesect4ssb4

    Excellent. Now for this game to make its way into Europe and America, THEN UR TALKIN!

    • I am super excited for the American release.

      •  Will be on my list as soon as it’s announced.

      • Nintedward-3DS-WiiU

        Will smith ? When did you get a job at wiiudaily ? 😛  

        Hope the big juicey 1080p wiiu version comes to the west. That will paddle some xbox and ps3 fanboys…

        • Well I think they did say we were getting the HD upgrade.

        • Genesect4ssb4

          why paddle? why not absolutely SMACK xbots and dronys?

  • yeah the game is not going to be localized…

  • William Cole

    As much as I’d like a localization, this game is too big in general to go about localizing. Final Fantasy MMOs are localized because they are Final Fantasy. However this MMO looks like the first one I’d actually play because it looks interesting. I’d love to have it on Wii U but we’ll just see. If only NA could advertise Dragon Quest easier.

    Anyhow, we’ll at least get Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden for 3DS and Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D if we’re lucky:D

    • PKUltima

      Hope they’ll localize Bravely Default soon…

  • Justin Gray

    I would buy it in a heartbeat. This is topping my list of things I want in video games. please Nintendo please…

  • I think we’ll see a localization eventually.  Square may have to change the price plan (I think its the equivalent of $15/month right now in Japan) a bit but it has a place outside of Japan.  DQ games have been becoming gradually more popular lately, and we now have practically all the numbered games with the soon-to-be-released VII.  If DQX continues to prove lucrative in Japan with the WiiU version, I think there is definitely a good chance we’ll see it outside.  Just hope the subscription fees will be cheaper.

  • Silver Lugia

    AWESOME I love MMORPG’s. Never played Dragon Quest, but I love Square Enix.

  • brian

    Read this somewhere else two weeks ago.

  • RyuNoHadouken

    Can we get some games akin to the original Dragon Quest(aka Dragon Warrior) trilogy?!

  • me

    **off topic  

    Whatever happened to the zombie u demo???

  • TrueWiiMaster

    Yes.  I’m very interested in playing Dragon Quest X.

  • I would be interested in it for sure, recently finished most of DQIX and finished IV, V and VI earlier, love the game franchise, but this game really is dependant on the subscription fee, would love to try this one.

  • This is so stupid. It’s some dumb pay as you go thing. I don’t want to pay like 10 dollars per month, when I could just pay 60 dollars for the game. I like Dragon Quest, but this ruined it.

  • For the love of god and all that is good please release this in the U.S love DQ series and would buy this in a heart part regardless of what system. Please SquareEnix dont let me down

  • Matthew Glenn

    Absolutely love DQ and a big fan, but I’m not going to buy a Wii U just for this. Would definitely play it on PC if offered though.

  • Al_G_Funguy

    It sounds awesome. I would get a Wii U just for this.

    And I think it will be localized. If it’s not localized it obviously will be an epic disaster in US.

  • Ya’, know… Why would they keep such an amazing game from us? I feel dirty, being an American. I need Dragon Quest X to clean my filth.