Game News Outriders: The Square-Enix Game, Available on Xbox Game Pass, Didn’t Make Any Profits in 2021
C’est une nouvelle difficile à encaisser pour les développeurs étant donné l’ampleur du projet : Outriders n’a pas généré un seul profit depuis sa sortie, pour toute l’année 2021. Et peut-être pas encore en 2022, d’ elsewhere.
Outsiders, the curse
Making a game isn’t easy, but selling it is another: worse, finding a good deal with a publisher is sometimes just as complicated. PeopleCanFly didn’t have much luck on this side, he who lay with Square-Enix outsiders : the game was released on April 1, 2021, got quite positive reactions, a nice audience… but didn’t make any profit all year.
It was in a recent report from the Polish studio that the news came out. The publisher has not commented on the matter and coincidentally, the information falls as Square-Enix has sold most of its western franchises to the Embracer group. Anyway, outsiders is curiously not concerned despite the insufficient economic benefits and therefore remains in the IP portfolio of the Japanese company. Also, no sales figure should be put into question.
Developers strive for independence
As a memory, outsiders had an excellent turnout on release, which caused a little buzz when it hit the market: it must be said that the title was available from D-Day in the Xbox Game Pass, both on Xbox One and Xbox Series and more later pc. Microsoft was supposed to draft a check as tradition requires, but it wouldn’t have made the development profitable. Actual sales of the game – also available on PS4 and PS5 – haven’t made up for the shortfall, either.
We remember thatlast Augustthe developers already complained about the unprofitability ofoutsiders† They also pointed to their contract with Square-Enix, which stated that the studio would only receive revenue from development, marketing and distribution costs. Since this threshold has still not been reached, this means that: PeopleCanFly received no royalties at all in 2021.
Here’s what we can read in the recent studio report:
Since the game has been completed and released to the market (which happened on April 1, 2021), the company is entitled to royalties if the sale of the product (as defined in the agreement) allows the publisher to recover the development costs, promotion and distribution of the game The amount of the royalties depends on the number of sales of the game.
The Group has not received any royalties from the publisher for the period up to December 31, 2021, which means that at the closing date, the net proceeds from the sale of Outriders were insufficient to recover the costs and expenses incurred by the publisher for the development. , distribute and promote the title.
ouch. If to go together, the developers had also chosen not to include microtransactions, precisely to deliver a “complete and finished” game and therefore betting on a bias against current trends. Which didn’t work for them either. The designers had thus indicated that they wanted to make a game of which the franchise is completely theirs, in order to retain full control over the revenue.
As for Square-Enix, we remind you that: Marvel’s Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy would have cost him a whopping $200 million†
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