Oddworld: Soulstorm: PlayStation Plus Deal was devastating for developers
Oddworld: Soulstorm is the latest entry of the series and was given away directly to the publication to all PlayStation Plus subscribers. This is a marketing strategy that games others, for example Guys: Ultimate Knockout, has quite a success, similar to the Xbox Game Pass.
However, the case with the adventure around the hero ABE is a little different.
Developer studios hope to pay more attention to their titles through such deals, eg. For example, so you do not go down in the spotlight of larger publications. Oddworld Inhabitants, the studio behind the oddworld series, calculated with sales between 50,000 and 100,000 copies in the first month, through the deal with Sony the game was now approximately 4 million times downloaded!
Since the downloads about PlayStation Plus were free, you do not generate sales for oddworld inhabitants. How high the sum that Sony has paid the studio is subject to confidentiality, but it is hardly approaching the “lost” sales, although this payment of the development was useful.
Lorne Lanning, a developer of the Oddworld series, said in an interview with VideogamSchronicle:
“Most of what we could sell would be less than the money we would get..We could sell 50,000 units for publication, maybe 100,000. They were very small numbers as there were a few Playstation 5. “
“Because it slipped in April, it was the most downloaded game on the Playstation 5 and it went as far as I know 4 million units for free, as it was subscriptions. That was devastating for us. “
Oddworld: Soulstorm has been available on all platforms since this month and 4 million downloads in the Sony camp could be worthwhile.
Click here for the game in the Microsoft Store:
- Oddworld: Soulstorm Enhanced Edition – 39,99 €