The Ascent sales are doing pretty, pretty, pretty good for indie publisher Curve Digital, and is already breaking records after its launch weekend
"So yeah, a small team of 12 made $5 million in sales over the weekend. Not bad eh? What's interesting about it, though, is this is in addition to the money paid by Microsoft to get The Ascent on Xbox Game Pass. This made the game more widely available to players, and hasn't decreased The Ascent sales by any appreciable amount, instead appearing to help power them through with increased exposure." Gamepass Strikes again.
I never heard such rubbish, game pass increases player base it does not help with sales. Where is the evidence on how much Microsoft pays a company to put a game on game pass?
Many times the exposure of Gamepass has proven to increase sales because the games are sold at a discount while on the service and sales are also moved by word of mouth through friends who play it on Gamepass. "If I take the month before we went into Game Pass, and compared it to sales of the game last week, we're now selling around five times as many units each week as pre-Game Pass, on a weekly basis," he said. "Since we went into Game Pass, our total Xbox sales have tripled." https://www.gamesindustry.b... Square Enix "In addition, we have been pleasantly surprised as the digital sales ratio for the title have been very high, and the number of active users has also beaten our expectations. "We believe that our decision to make Outriders available with Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass as soon as the title launched also worked in our favour." https://www.eurogamer.net/a... Is every game like this? definitely not. But I believe you are way wrong about GamePass not being able to help sell lots of copies of games.
"game pass increases player base it does not help with sales." You can buy the game via gamepass at a discount buddy....
i been meaning to give this a try. Just been flying around in FS more but i will get around to this.
wow. Congrats to the devs. I've only played about an hour of it but it's a damn impressive game so far.
The graphics are amazing... I just want to stop and look around and admire the sites at times and look at all the details!
yeah it's incredible
Nope. GP only hurts Developers /s Great for this dev, my brother, son and I have been having a fun time with it so far..
That wasn't the context at all on why GP hurts developers. If The Ascent cost upwards of 100M to make... then yes, GP would hurt them. But The Ascent is the perfect kind of game to put on there since its small and inexpensive to make.
Did you see the game? The skinny of work in graphics and detail is insane for a game of its kind. No way that's low budget
This game is also on Steam and the last time I checked, GP is not on Steam. The devs did say the game rose to the top of steam chat. I would guess this type of game actually would sell more on PC https://segmentnext.com/202...
Tried it on PC, seems pretty cool so far, but I didn't get very far. Gotta play more to properly form an opinion. It defaulted to ultra settings on my PC, but there were a surprising amount of frame dips, a few minor reductions it stayed locked at 60 though.
Wait for a patch if on pc too many bugs, saves getting deleted, no dlss on windows, etc; also a stuttering fest even on 3090 /3080ti etc
I'm sure 90% came from pc buyers
Huh; but we PC gamers do not buy games...
Not sure if that is a thing going around, I would never say that. Xbox gamers don't buy games I would say that and the statistics prove it
I have to agree with Cody on that one.
Yup. PC gamers are nothing but pirates. That's why Gabe is so rich he can land a helicopter onto his yacht, that sits in the middle of his even bigger yacht.
Just a sarcasm because many people think pc gamers pirate their games instead of buying them!
So what? PC has GamePass and The Ascent is there too.
Xbox consoles game developer here: Microsoft doesn't offer you tons of money for you to put your game on Gamepass. Just so you know. I'd say it's definitely better than nothing, and I can't get into details since everyone's situation is different. I will say, it's way way way less than you probably think it is.
If it is so bad then why are so many games going onto GamePass? You should maybe support your post with something called "Facts". I have no clue how much each developer is making, but for a new game by a new developer to go straight onto gamepass they must be at the very least have gone into it knowing they would break even.
Sorry I am not going to break my NDA to satisfy your request for facts. Take my statement for what it is worth (maybe nothing). Its not a lot of money compared to development costs especially when you factor in paying your artists, programmers and sound designer. Not to mention character rigging costs, environment art, gameplay designer etc etc. Most indies would be happy just to make a little money as a sure thing and GP offers that.
@calactyte And there is where GamePass is a big win for certain developers. It provides a platform that guarantees distribution of their game and enough money to break even it sounds like. Many game developers did not have that before GamePass. I don't think GamePass is for every game and every developer. It is one of several models that can help sell a game. And anyone that believes that game developers are rolling in cash because of GamePass is mistaken. But, it is a model that can help certain game developers in certain situations.
I actually quite enjoy it so far. No it’s not perfect but it’s pretty great. I can’t help but feel some of the more negative reviews are just ppl hating things not oriented toward Sony. It’s clear there’s this inherent bias towards Xbox - just look at the articles never allowing Xbox credit for anything, even where it deserves credit, like Series x outpacing it’s previous best selling console the 360 was labeled as some “it’s not the win you think it is cuz ps5 is selling more”… well sure, but it’s still a win and still the fastest selling Xbox. That counts as a win. Having games like Ascent on Gamepass day one only strengthens my opinion that Xbox has a better grasp on the future of gaming this time around. The ascent is the same. It’s a great game. It’s actually really fun and challenging. It’s beautiful to look at and runs silky smooth… and was built by 12 ppl! Enjoy your successes, Curve Digital - even if the haters try not to allow it. There’s a reason ppl gave it 9s and a reason ppl gave it 3’s. From my own personal experience with it, the low scores are either completely disingenuous or had unrealistic expectations with what was feasibly possible with a small indie team on the schedule it was on. Just my .02.
someone's been watching Curb Your Enthusiasm
…But, but games are too hard and too expensive to make that it’s to hard to make a profit. Even for a small, indie, mediocre, game. I demand this game be relisted with a £70 RRP!!! Think about the poor children for god sakes!….. but inflation!!!!! What’s wrong with you people, it’s not fair on all the poor developers out there struggling to survive. Only 5 million in a single weekend. Please someone hold back my tears I can’t bear it. The humility….
So glad I didn't listen to reviews on this game. Everything i play 2 hours just disappear. The games not perfect it has its annoyances like the in-game map system but the good far outweighs the bad. Do yourself the favor and check this game out. It even made me want to watch ridley Scott's original blade runner.
Really good game so far. I'm having a blast. Hopefully the profit will help them expand their portfolio with something new.
Some of the most pure fun I've had with a game in a good while. I would love to see a sequel with a better UI and more fleshed out RPG elements.
I got it through gamepass. Enjoyed it so much that I gifted a copy to a friend so we could play together. The game isn't perfect, but the flaws are far outweighed by the things it gets right.
Has anyone else got stuck on the spider boss ? Hit me up on xbox. Same name . I'll be on Saturday.
Took me two tries. Equip your best armor against fire. For loadout I used the RPG23 and the Strikebreaker. Mostly the RPG. Augments I used Homing Him and Mono Ranger. Hyper Focus does nothing against the flames so don't use that.
Game Pass can help games like this gain visibility and popularity. Multiple of my friends bought it simply because I was playing (on Game Pass) and they wanted to join in. Would I have jumped in at a $30 price point off the bat? Probably not at the time, but now I've played it, it's worth it.
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