Dragon's Dogma Online seems to have had a promising start in Japan, as it was reportedly downloaded over 700,000 times during its first day on the market. Impressive numbers for sure, but there are a few factors that we have to take into account before declaring it the next big thing in the Land of the Rising Sun.

For starters, let's not forget that the title's free-to-play. While there is a premium physical edition up for grabs, downloads were specifically mentioned in Famitsu's article, which has kindly been translated by Gematsu. As such, you'd likely be right in thinking that many of these downloads may not translate into people actually playing the game. Indeed, only 140,000 player characters were actually created on the release's opening day.

We also can't forget that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game is available on the PlayStation 3 as well as the PlayStation 4, and with Japan still refusing to give up on Sony's last-gen machine, we'd love to know what the split looks like.

Nevertheless, it's clear that the new action RPG is going to be popular, and it'll be interesting to see how it grows and evolves now that it's out and being enjoyed. Sadly, we can only dream of a Western launch at this point - but we're going to be dreaming much harder now that there's gameplay videos all over the internet.

[source famitsu.com, via gematsu.com]