Dragon Quest XI On PS4 Has "Seen Stronger Sales" Than 3DS Version

Dragon Quest XI On PS4 Has "Seen Stronger Sales" Than 3DS Version

Square Enix's move to PlayStation 4 has paid off.

This week, we received another update in Japanese sales numbers for the release of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4. According to the Media Create numbers, the 3DS version is ahead by around 300,000 units, with 1,572,216 copies sold versus the PlayStation 4's 1,242,260. But it seems that doesn't paint the correct picture.

According to its recent financial earnings briefing, Square Enix is actually seeing stronger sales on the PS4 version. The difference is in PS4 players buying the game's digital version.

"We have seen stronger sales of the PlayStation 4 version than the Nintendo 3DS version, but given the installed base, we have high hopes for growth in sales of the Nintendo 3DS version going forward as well," said Square Enix president & CEO Yosuke Matsuda.

"We believe that we can reach the lower end of our unit sales plan. Our goal is to reach the upper end of that plan, but we believe that that will depend on how sales of the Nintendo 3DS version trend going forward," said Matsuda later in the call in response to Dragon Quest XI sales beating the company's estimates.

Matsuda declined to give a percentage of digital download sales for Dragon Quest XI, but noted that they're still lower than what the publisher is used to seeing from a Western release.

"Because we are currently selling the title primarily in Japan, the percentage of download sales is lower than what we would see for a title being sold in the Western markets. I cannot speak to the specific figure at the moment as there is a possibility that it may rise going forward," he said.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is coming to 3DS and PS4 in the West in 2018. The Nintendo Switch version still has no release window.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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