Outriders Still Didn't Turn a Profit in 2021, Developer People Can Fly Reports

Outriders Still Didn't Turn a Profit in 2021, Developer People Can Fly Reports

Matt Lorrigan

Sci-fi co-op shooter Outriders failed to turn a profit in 2021, developer People Can Fly revealed in its latest operations report.

The Polish developer first announced in August last year that it had yet to receive any royalties from publisher Square Enix for Outriders, due to the game failing to turn a profit, despite estimating sales figures at 2-3 million. Now, People Can Fly's latest report says that, as of 31st December 2021, the developer is still yet to receive any royalties from Square Enix, which means that “as at the reporting date net proceeds from the sale of Outriders were insufficient to recover the costs and expenses incurred by the publisher to develop, distribute and promote the title”.

The statement goes one to that that there is no assurance that Outriders' revenue will ever go on to be sufficient for Square Enix to recover its costs back, and that if People Can Fly ever does receive a royalty statement that confirms royalties will be paid, the developer will announce it.

Outriders remains one of Square Enix's only remaining western franchises, following the Japanese publisher's recent sale of its western developers and IP to Embracer Group, including studios such as Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, as well as franchises like Tomb Raider, Deux Ex, and Thief. Outriders launched in a bit of a messy state, and received a mixed response from critics. However, with a big paid expansion on the horizon, things could still turn around for People Can Fly's latest game.

  • So Square Enix goes on to sell its western developers and IPs, with the exception of Outriders, but they keep telling you that Outriders is still in the red, which is why you don't see a dime. Um... You don't find that any bit odd whatsoever, People Can Fly?

    Granted the game was yet another one in a million type game, launched broken, so it's no surprise that the game was a failure. But still... Square's actions in this situation seems odd. Or maybe I'm just too cynical.
  • Just didn't have enough NFTs.
  • I thought Outriders was a ton of fun and Unique. Loved the coop aspect and it was really pick up and play, drop-in drop out with friends. Loved how much you could change your characters' powers around with different weapons and still feel powerful. Game was great with friends and still fun with randoms for me. Looking forward to the DLC.
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