Sales of Ninja Theory’s Enslaved: Odyssey to the West haven’t even reached 500,000. That’s according to the Namco Bandai money report which states the new IP only sold 460,000 copies worldwide.
Namco had predicted sales would reach 800,000.
The disappointing figures suggest that Enslaved becoming a franchise might be unlikely, although only last week the Train2Game blog reported that Namco Bandai were looking at a sequel.
“It didn’t perform as well as we hoped it would, but we’re very proud of how it was received by both the media and the gamers who have experienced it,” said Namco Bandai Marketing Director Lee Kirton.
“I can’t discuss where we are in terms of a sequel, but we’re looking at reviews and feedback from the press and because of the gameplay and quality that Enslaved delivered, we see it as a great catalogue title going forward.”
Ninja Theory also want to produce a sequel, but for now are working on the reboot of Devil May Cry for Capcom.
Train2Game tested out Enslaved: Odyssey to the West at last years Eurogamer Expo, you can read our thoughts on the game here.
There’s also a report of the Enslaved Developer Session with Ninja Theory’s Tameem Antoniades a highly interesting read too. It contains information that will be of interest to Game Designers, Game Developers and Game Artists! It’s a must read.
So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the sales figures of Enslaved? Does it show that producing a new IP is a huge risk? Or was the game just released at a bad time?
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