Submitted by chrispen9 674d ago | rumor

Sorcery Only Sold 50,000 Copies Within Its First Two Weeks

Chris Penwell from PlayStation Euphoria writes: According to VGChartz.com, Sorcery only sold approximately 50,000 copies within its first two weeks. At first, it was shocking to read such a low statistic but with the small amount of publicity and the PlayStation Move fading into obscurity, this is actually no surprise. The PlayStation Move games have never captured the attention of the general public as of late with “Everybody Dance” only selling 60,000 copies and now Sorcery, which has only sold 50,000. This number does not include digital sales but there are two major reasons why this game has suffered. (Industry, Playstation Move, PS3, Sorcery)

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Abash  +   674d ago
No surprise, you have to advertise new IPs to get them to sell
darthv72  +   674d ago
isnt this game also available to purchase via psn?

NPD and other sources track retail so I dont know if digital numbers are ever revealed. Chances are they dont make that much of a difference in relation to retail but a sale is still a sale.
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Machioto  +   674d ago
@ bash it's only bad if it cost Sony more than 500 thousand to make this game because,even with 50 thou copies it grossed 2 mil,its all about how much it cost them and the return on investment.
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cstyle  +   674d ago
dude, this game probably cost more than that to develop. Maybe if this was back in the 80s or something but game development today is quite expensive and selling only 50 thousand copies is not even close to making a profit.
Machioto  +   674d ago
@cstyle it a move game I'm sure that the cost to make these games are lower than the ps3,that's why they sold cheap in comparison to other ps3 games.
Soldierone  +   674d ago
@cstyle, don't let that full you. The only time games "cost a lot" is when a studio puts a ton of staff behind a big game to get it out faster. This is a smaller game, with a smaller studio.

Plus Move games are at the right price of 40 dollars, instead of 60, which shows they are cheaper to make.
DiRtY  +   674d ago
let's say 30 developers were working on that game.

The average developer makes about 95k per year.

Let's say it wwas a very cost effective studio with lower wages with a 85k average.

The title was revealed two years ago at E3 2010. Of course it must have been in development before the reveal - it was played live on stage... So we are looking at minimum 2.5 years development time.

30 * 85k * 2,5 = 6,375,000 USD just for the staff.

Then you have to add marketing, technical equipment, rent, taxes, voice actors, distribution etc etc etc.

So no, it is not a 500k USD game. Not at all.
Braid cost 200k and was developed by ONE guy for 3 years.


Just facts.
Awesome_Gamer  +   673d ago
That's what i was going to say,

oh and Btw, it's estimated that sorcery costed Sony only 2.8 million to develope , so i think they will make profit of it very quickly
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SPAM-FRITTER-123  +   674d ago
LOL. we have another case of Twisted Metal here.

everyone on N4G says they want amazing exclusive,day 1 AAA titles,then only minor amounts of people buy them.

SONY!!! stop listening to what your fans want these days. stick to your 4 decent exclusives and stop wasting money on games your audience doesn't want. coff coff Wonder Book coff coff.

GUARANTEED All-Stars:BR sells really REALLY badly compared to what sony think they are going to get.

@soldierone. it was called a AAA title by many of users on here, also majority of PS users were saying this is going to be the title that sells the move controller.

"Why should Sony toss out games with "non-blockbuster" sales just because all the shooter nuts don't buy it?"

because non-blockbuster games should be left to 3rd party devs. when a console company is trying to sell there console they should have blockbuster titles under there belt.

microsoft know what they are doing by dropping non-blockbuster exclusives and making fewer exclusives that everybody wants and loves, then focuses on getting 3rd party devs in with them for timed DLC and kinect cooperation.
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Soldierone  +   674d ago
Don't think that many people were saying that about this. And the ones that did, went and bought it.

Why should Sony toss out games with "non-blockbuster" sales just because all the shooter nuts don't buy it? They release a shooter and that alone will make up for the sales, if anything needs to be made up to begin with.
cstyle  +   674d ago
This just goes to prove that sony investment in the move isn't paying off. The one game that was supposed to be a blockbuster move title turned out to be much less....nad now people are making excuses like it didn't cost that much to develop...lol which we know is BS.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   674d ago
Too many 360 gamers caring about what Sony does...

Sorcery does not have a high budget, but 50k obviously isn't the return they were looking for. Not that it's surprising that it sold that low with no marketing at all...

SPAM-FRITTER-123, I find it funny that you have a problem with Wonderbook, but no problem with that Nike fitness crap... lol
trouble_bubble  +   674d ago
It's a MOVE game genius! Dear lord, just look at all the Kinect shovelware games. Go tell MS the same thing. Why does Star Wars Kinect have like a 50 something metacritic avg?

Btw, you brought up Twisted Metal, yet according to vgchartz Twisted Metal has sold more than 360 console exclusive 'The Witcher 2'. 500,000 to 390,000. Ummmmm, wtf happened there lol? Would you say "stick to Halo"?
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ThanatosDMC  +   674d ago
I'm not surprised because the damn thing took too long to come out. I dont even know where i put my two Move controllers after i moved to a different city.
GraveLord  +   674d ago
and there's no point it advertising a new IP for a failed product which is PS Move.

Playstation Move is only successful when used as an alternative control method, not the main one.
OmegaSlayer  +   674d ago
The main character is unappealing, like 70% of Sony characters.
That's where Sony fails, look at the character designs of fantasy stuff like Diablo, Skyrim, Amalur, Dark Souls, The Witcher...they destroy Sorcery with class.
Make the character a badass and not an Harry Potter rip off, give him a fire salamander instead of a cat, make the world darker and see how the game does.
trouble_bubble  +   674d ago
70%? LOL, what's your science behind that number? Or is it magic? Harry Potter just pulled it magically outta his @&% I guess.
Jazz4108  +   673d ago
I have also heard ms now has more first party studios then sony. Most of them have not anounced any games but I sure as heck bet they are working on next gen games. Next ge could get interesting since ms is investing some money in studios.
mysterym  +   673d ago
Advertise? It's had a prime time demo in last years e3. Fact is, the game sucks.

Edit: I should I have two move controllers gathering dust, I wish this was as good as the promise. Wasted ip.
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SilentNegotiator  +   673d ago
Headline reality: "Poorly rated game that had early hype sells poorly"

PS3 haters' spin: "ZOMG, dem pstree fanboys are alwayz talkin but den dey don' buy da gaem!"
Lovable  +   674d ago
Can't wait for Sorcery 2
iamnsuperman  +   674d ago
Personally the demo turned me off getting it.
Whitefeather  +   674d ago
The full game is better.
gamingviking  +   674d ago
Actually, no it isn't. The game had such promise when they first showed it off, I'm just disappointed. But I wish they would make more games that are exclusively developed for the move.
Wh15ky  +   673d ago
The game didn't really appeal to me in the first place (I never understood what everybody was so excited about after it's first showing 2 years ago). I kept an eye on it, as I like the Move controller, but tried the demo and it was a complete turn off, I may pick it up cheap at some point to try out the full game.
mt  +   673d ago
I am quite the opposite, I didn't care alot about the game till I tried the demo, I like it.
Soldierone  +   674d ago
Er....well I personally was interested in the game, and didn't even know it released till this week. Heck finding the demo on PSN hidden in the "new demos" area, instead of getting featured, was a surprise......
Whitefeather  +   674d ago
It was featured when it was released...
Soldierone  +   674d ago
I must have overlooked it. I visit the store almost everyday and didn't see it till this weeks update.
problemchild84  +   673d ago
The demo came out like two weeks or so after the game released, I'm sure that had an effect on sales, demo should have been there day one.
FlyGuyHung  +   674d ago
Flop game remains flopping.
Commodore  +   674d ago
Still amazes me how this crap got greenlit...

SOCOM HD is just sitting in the corner thinkin "Hi...Me and my 2,000,000+ sales will be here if you need us"
LOOK_AT_THIS_I  +   674d ago
^ this
ginsunuva  +   674d ago
And ff7 hd
the new king 74  +   674d ago
I downloaded the demo, but i never tried it.
SoapShoes  +   674d ago
Well the fact that when it came out I had to go to 4 stores before I could find somewhere with a copy probably didn't help. Also where did they get those everybody dance? Doubt those are true.
Father Murder X  +   674d ago
I honestly didn't know this game was out!!
chrispen9  +   674d ago
Get it! If your PlayStation Move is gathering dust, give it a go. It's only $40.
simonrope  +   674d ago
aNDROiD17_  +   674d ago
guess we wont be seeing sorcery 2 anytime soon
Dread  +   674d ago
If another sony extresmist says that move is a success i am going to scream!!!!


Just kidding

I for one am happy that motion controls are not such a big hit. Kenect and move can suck it

Ill keep my controller thx :)
jsslifelike  +   674d ago
Just think if the game would have coincided with the release of PSMove- things might have been different.
labaronx  +   674d ago
i bought sorcery off psn.....
but still havent played it yet due to a 15 game backlog

moves best games are light gun games

house of the dead overkill is my most played move game so far with dead space a close 2nd

sony should really take some of their older franchises and make rail shooters with them like Coded Arms
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Knushwood Butt  +   673d ago
Which Dead Space game supports Move?
Wh15ky  +   673d ago
Dead Space Extraction, it's on rails and a port of an old Wii game, it is surprisingly good though and available to buy on PSN.
Knushwood Butt  +   673d ago
Ah, thanks.

Didn't that come as part of Dead Space 2 or something, or am I getting confused?
Stansolo  +   673d ago
I must say I do like the move with Time crisis raging storm and the pirates game that's in it. Great fun!
Thing is with me I love arcadey games than the big games that's out on PS3 and Xbox.
Love to see Lost World Jurrasic park arcade by sega on PS move.
CommonSenseGamer  +   674d ago
Why should average software sell? This was originally a showpiece for move...thanks Sony for yet more spin doctoring.
Lucretia  +   674d ago
how is that kinect star wars? or are you still waiting for halo 89 with Kinect voice command?
CommonSenseGamer  +   674d ago
Wrong assumption buddy. I am a long time PS3 owner. Do you really think just because I own a PS3 that everything Sony must be perfect or did you think that because I don't believe that Sony is perfect it makes me an Xbox fanboy?

Either way, get your head out of your a$$.
stonecold3  +   674d ago
i still got to get this game
Lucretia  +   674d ago
yeeeeeeaaaaaaah. to busy playing dragons dogma, but still i will play this eventually
FrigidDARKNESS  +   674d ago
Yet another ps3 exclusive not meeting sales expectations. If this keeps up Sony will cut back a number of exclusives per year.
chrispen9  +   674d ago
Which other PS3 exclusive hasn't met expectations? Every Sony game since Uncharted 2 has impressed me (except for Sorcery).
gamingviking  +   673d ago
I think he or she is talking about commercial success. And the poor sales of Sorcery will probably just turn Sony off from making more Move games for the future.
DudeJets  +   673d ago
I wasn't even aware it had been released I'll buy it after work
mochachino  +   673d ago
I have Move but I'm not spending any more money on it, it's a failed device and Sony's afterthought.

Move had great potential but Sorcery is too little too late.
Ares90  +   673d ago
The best move game that was announced 2 years ago is released 2 years later. That's part of the problem.
mochachino  +   672d ago
Yeah, and obviously Sony didn't give it a AAA budget.
rulakir  +   673d ago
That comment about MS having more first party devs is total crap. MS mostly depends on third party support, and paying to get their games first on 360 with "timed DLC". Sony will always have more first party devs than MS. At least that is my opinion. About Sorcery, as gamers if someone is interested in playing a game just try the game, and don't let yourself be guided by everyone else. An opinion is what it is, an opinion. So try the game and you can have an opinion of your own. That is just my opinion. lol
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Liefx  +   673d ago
I didn't even know it was out. Now I'm going to go buy it.
Stansolo  +   673d ago
Is this game worth getting?
I can get this pre-owned for £3 at blockbusters. I can not believe its this price!! Is it a bad game or something?
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chrispen9  +   673d ago
Get it! It's a steal at that price! I am the writer of the article but rest assured, I can say it's a great game. I was just pointing out other peoples' opinions, not my own.
josephayal  +   673d ago
The game cost 1.3m
maniacmayhem  +   673d ago
I think the fad of motion controls have worn out and the casuals have moved on.

It was a nice addition for Sony to have but it came too late and also late in the PS3's life.
Stansolo  +   672d ago
Got it to day, the shop person said it was priced wrong and it should of been £23. But let me have it for £3!! And told me to keep quite about it. LOL.
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