Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Polish developer People Can Fly has suggested that its most recent release, Outriders, didn't make a profit in its opening quarter.
The developer published a note to investors and a financial filing, stating that it had not received any royalties for Outriders from publisher Square Enix. The royalties would have been due to come in yesterday, on 16th August 2021. However, royalties would only be due if the game had begun to be profitable, but the lack of payment suggests that Square Enix has yet to cover the costs of creating and marketing the game.
“We don't have any sales figures for Outriders - we estimate it at between 2 and 3 million units and assumed that this was a result that would ensure profitability for this project in the first quarter of sales,” explains People Can Fly president Sebastian Wojciechowski. “The lack of payment by the publisher probably means that, according to Square Enix, this is not the case.”
It's unclear how many units the game would have needed to sell to turn a profit, or why Square Enix hasn't communicated sales figures to People Can Fly. The game arrive as a free title on Xbox Game Pass at launch, which could contribute to lower sales, but Square Enix would have received a sum of money from Microsoft for launching on Game Pass, so it's unclear how much of an effect that had. Square Enix previously announced the game had reached over 3.5 million players within its first month.
Outriders did launch in a troubled state, with some issues still ongoing in the game. You can read our review of Outriders here.
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