RobertBoyd

Penny Arcade Episodes 3 & 4 developer Zeboyd Games announces turn-based RPG Cosmic Star Heroine

RobertBoyd

5 years ago

@NimbusTLD "Didn't these guys make enough money from the Penny-Arcade games to fund this project?"

Nope.

We will of course be using all of the money we have from royalties on our past games to fund this game, but if we don't supplement those funds with a kickstarter or another funding source, we're likely to run out of money before we finish this game.
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Cthulu Saves The World sells 100k on Steam

RobertBoyd

7 years ago

@Subdominator Sorry, I missed this otherwise I would have put it in my last post. Portal 2 did not fail. Portal 2 sold 3 million copies in just the first two months. Even with some of the sales being at a reduced price (which Valve did because they like to do price experiments, not because the game was a bomb), that's still a lot of money. And I'm sure it's sold far more than that by now.

And you're seriously overestimating how much the game cost. Portal 2 was worked on for 4 years, off and on (they took breaks to work on other games). Also, at the height of development, the game didn't have more than 40 people which is a very small team size for a big name game. And that's at the height of the development - it wouldn't surprise me if there were only a handful of people working on it for the first year or so when it was still in the early design phase.
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RobertBoyd

7 years ago

Subdominator, your calculations are really far off.

1 - I don't remember what our European prices were, but the games on Steam were only 10% off for the first week, not the massive discount you seem to think they were.

2 - Those XBLIG sales values are for now. They were less back when we released the game on Steam.

However, even if we take those XBLIG values as valid for launch (they're not), the math comes out like this:

(55,000 x $1) + (20,000 x $3) = $115,000

$115,000 / $2.70 = 42,592.59

So in order to exceed XBLIG revenue in the first week, we would only need to sell maybe 40k or less, not 88k.
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