A couple of weeks ago we reported that People Can Fly’s Looter-Shooter Outriders was getting a new, huge expansion called Worldslayer. And even though the game did well at launch, with above-average reviews and a strong initial player base the developers say that Outriders still hasn’t made a profit. And they don’t know if Outriders will ever be profitable.
A recent financial report states that the studio is yet to receive any royalties from sales due to the fact that Square Enix, Outriders‘ publisher, hasn’t got the money back from the development costs.
“Since the game was completed and placed on the market (which happened on April 1st 2021), the Company has been entitled to royalties payable if specific proceeds (as defined in the agreement) from its sales ensure that the publisher recovers a predetermined level of costs incurred in connection with the development, promotion and distribution of the game. The level of royalties depends on the amount of specific proceeds from the game’s sales.
The Group received no royalties from the publisher for the period to December 31st 2021, 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. This was confirmed by the royalty statement for the fourth quarter of 2021, received by the Group from the publisher.”
May Never See Any Profits
The report also states that they may never see any profits from the game.
“There can be no assurance that net proceeds from the sale of Outriders in future periods will be sufficient for the publisher to recover the costs incurred and to pay royalties to the Group.”
If the Worldslayer expansion will tip the proceeds from red into the black remains to be seen. Have you played Outriders yet? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments.
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