Outiders is a failure, confirms People Can Fly
At the beginning of the week it was revealed that Square Enix sold a large part of his western studies to embrace Group, thus transferring properties such as Tomb Raider and Deus ex to the European conglomerate. Among the series that follow in the hands of the Japanese company, we find _ Outriders _, which is a commercial failure by not achieving sales expectations.
Although Square Enix will share specific details about the performance of Outrider on May 13, the day in which the financial report of the fiscal year of the company is expected, People Can Fly, the developers of this title, have shared a document where They confirm the lousy commercial performance that this game had, noting that even no income has been obtained that exceed their development, marketing and distribution budget . This was what the company commented:
“Since the game was completed and put on the market (which happened on April 1, 2021), the company has the right to royalties payable if the specific income (as defined in the agreement) of its sales ensure that The editor recovers a predetermined level of costs incurred in relation to the development, promotion and distribution of the game. The royalty level depends on the number of specific profits on game sales.
The group did not receive royalties from the editor for the period until December 31, 2021, which means that, at the date of the report, the net income from the sale of Outriders were insufficient to recover the costs and expenses incurred by the editor to develop, distribute and promote the title.
There can be no guarantee that the net income of the sale of Outiders in future periods is enough for the editor to recover the costs incurred and pay royalties to the group.
According to the Development and Publication Agreement, the company transferred to the editor its existing and future intellectual property rights (copyright with author) in Outiders, as well as any DLC, sequelae and additional products related to the game. The company also renounced its moral rights for the benefit of the editor "
Recall that in June last year, Square Enix had mentioned that Outriders had a good initial performance after its launch on April 1, 2022. However, it seems that the numbers never became expected. Along with this, People Can Fly has pointed out that there is no guarantee that the game eventually manages to be profitable . This also means that, considering that the property is in the hands of Square Enix, the developers have not obtained any kind of groom for their hard work.
To finish this list of bad news, People Can Fly have indicated that they can refuse to make new DLC and expansions for _Outriders _ , and if they do, Square Enix can choose another developer to create new content. Taking into consideration the financial decisions taken by the Japanese company in recent months, this property could well put on sale in any second.
In related issues, here you can check our review of Outriders. Similarly, we already tried the new expansion of the game.
Outriders It was a fun game. The base experience is quite solid. However, it is the decisions related to games as services and Loot system that end up ruining the experience, and these are decisions that come from Square Enix.
Vía: People Can Fly.