Former Famitsu Editor In Chief Estimates Dragon Quest XI Will Sell 5 Million Copies in Japan

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Hirokazu Hamamura expects game to outsell Pokémon Sun/Moon, Final Fantasy XV combined

Hirokazu Hamamura — former editor-in-chief of Famitsu magazine, and now director at Kadokawa — stated at the "The Present State and Outlook of the Game Industry" seminar in Tokyo on Friday that he expects that the Dragon Quest XI: Sugisarishi Toki o Motomete (Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time) game will sell more than 5 million copies in Japan.

Hamamura stated that the game will sell more than Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (combined sales of about 4 million in Japan) and Final Fantasy XV (sales of about 1 million in Japan) combined. He explained that he estimated that number for a few reasons. First, the game is expected to ship on the Nintendo Switch in addition to the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4. Secondly, smartphone games such as Hoshi no Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest Monsters Super Light have brought in new fans to the Dragon Quest franchise who are now anticipating the new main game in the series.

Hamamura also said the game might sell even more than he expects, stating, "the destructive force of Dragon Quest is in a completely different league. There are also people who will likely buy both the PS4 and 3DS versions [of the game]." Dragon Quest XI will ship on the PS4 and Nintendo 3DS in Japan on July 29. A Nintendo Switch version is planned, although it doesn't have a release date yet.

Final Fantasy XV's combined download sales and shipments worldwide exceeded more than 5 million copies on the first day, and currently exceed 6 million copies.

Nintendo shipped 10 million copies of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games worldwide in its initial shipment in November, and the games have since sold 14.69 million copies worldwide as of December 31, with 3.81 million units sold in Japan.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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