Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age has surpassed 4 million units shipped worldwide, including digital sales. This includes the Japanese release in July 2017, the Asian release in November 2017, and western release in September 2018.
Square Enix attributes the game's success to its balancing of nostalgia and novelty, as well as having two distinct versions in Japan (PS4 and 3DS). The Dragon Quest series as a whole has now reached 76 million units shipped across the entire series worldwide.
Dragon Quest XI is one of the rare games to earn a 10 out of 10 in our review when it released. A Nintendo Switch version of the game is also in the works, although we still have to wait on details when that might see the light of day.
Update: DRAGON QUEST series creator and game designer, Yuji Horii, commented:
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.