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Why Alan Wake 2 is Not Selling as Well as Remedy Wants

The Outerhaven writes: Remedy Entertainment has stated that despite Alan Wake 2 being its fastest-selling game, it has yet to recoup its development costs. Here are a couple of reasons why this might be.

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Tacoboto122d ago

That's pretty much hitting the nail on the head.

Not releasing on Steam especially for PC gamers I think is the bigger of the two points affecting figures, but it certainly would've helped having a physical edition out on store shelves with a slight sale for Black Friday shortly after release.

Here's hoping after the Expansions they'll bring it out to at least Steam. With retailers like Best Buy ending all physical media though, I doubt there'll be a disc out unless Remedy can do what Larian did with BG3

Sciurus_vulgaris122d ago

Remedy’s titles have never really been big sellers. However, skipping Steam was likely a mistake. Steam despite having competition, is still the dominant PC digital store front.

Cacabunga122d ago

Time to release it physical and drop this digital only crap

badz149122d ago

Steam having competition? LOL keep telling yourself THAT! there is no real competition for Steam on PC.

BeHunted122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

"Not releasing on Steam especially for PC gamer"

Because Epic funded the game, it’s not rocket science. It’s like Valve not releasing its exclusive games on the Epic Store. Competition is great.

LucasRuinedChildhood122d ago

He understands the reason why it's exclusive to EGS but it's undoubtedly one of the factors that lead to less sales than they'd like.

BehindTheRows121d ago (Edited 121d ago )

REAL competition is great. Valve also doesn't partner with 3rd party devs and make previously multiplatform franchises exclusive. They keep THEIR OWN games exclusive to Steam. Apples-to-cherries.

Besides, Epic has done nothing to push the medium forward and their store is many steps behind Steam.

FinalFantasyFanatic122d ago

Releasing on Epic Games only is a big problem, most PC gamers will not spend money there, even if they really want the game, a lot will just wait it out or just not buy.

Amplitude121d ago (Edited 121d ago )

I was absolutely hyped for this game but the digital only on consoles made me choose to play it on PC. I wasn't that devastated but then it was Epic exclusive. As a result I completely lost interest. Low hopes but fingers crossed a Steam release happens in the future.

A digital-only technical masterpiece really should be played on PC imo so the Epic thing is such a kick in the ____

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gold_drake122d ago

for me?

cause its digital only.
and their "excuse" that puttingnit on a disc would make the game a 70 dollar game.

BeHunted122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

"their "excuse" that puttingnit on a disc would make the game a 70 dollar game."

Digital games should always be cheaper than physical discs, and when they are on sale, they are much cheaper by a significant amount.

gold_drake122d ago

sure, but they made it out to be that physical games are 20 moneys more expensive because of the physical aspect.

which is dumb and not true.

shinoff2183122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

Not true. Usually a physical game can be found cheaper. I picked up the remaster of Alan wake 1 off Amazon for 10.49 or some sh like that. Physical games can always be found cheaper. Unless we're talking some of the indies that get down to like 5 bucks. You ain't finding oddworld new n tasty physically for 5 bucks

Gold drake your right. Especially if you give us the option like larian. The pre orders literally pay for itself.

BeHunted122d ago


Alan Wake Remastered was less than $10 on Xbox store a few weeks ago

Smellsforfree121d ago

How much something cost to make or produce (e.g., fabricate a disc with a case) rarely relates to actual price to the consumer. Markets set the price of goods, not the raw material cost that goes into it. That is very simplistic thinking.

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-Foxtrot122d ago

The thing is it is cheaper but it’s not as cheap to justify it

I’d rather just pay the extra money and get a physical version

Petebloodyonion122d ago

Of course, it's stupid to believe that physical is close to 20$ more expensive to produce
who's in their right mind would believe crap like:

- The increasing cost of printing discs, and plastic boxes when the demand for such items is lower.
- Higher transport fees due to gas price hikes and cost of manutention.
- Cost of managing items that need inventory management systems, shelf space, return policies with stores, etc.
- Cut in profit margins from the second selling market.
- Physical store profit cut.

Honestly, who would be stupid enough to believe these lies from Remedy?

THEzRude122d ago

only minority cares about physical copies anymore. So why should we care for market that hardly brings in any money ?

I_am_Batman122d ago

Boxed copies still account for roughly 18% of the total game sales revenue on console. That's still a significant chunk. Obviously it's up to each publisher to decide, but I don't see why you'd deliberately ignore a 10 billion dollar market unless you can't fit a physical release into the initial budget.

Knightofelemia121d ago

Why would anybody care about digital. We all know that if something happens to the account no matter the platform you lose the games. Those games associated to the account a giant library can be wiped clean and you have to rebuy them with a new account. Also digital games do have a shelf life depending on how long the studio has that license. Activision lost the license to the Transformers games hence they were pulled from the digital stores. I can still play War and Fall of Cybertron on PS3 because I own the discs. Now if somebody did not buy the digital cousins for those games then that person is screwed on those two games. They would need to Ebay the physical versions of those games. Another down fall to digital games is that some of those games are console locked meaning certain digital games are not available on the PS4 or PS5. Take Xenogears for instance it is locked to PS3 digitally I don't see SquareEnix answering fans and porting the game over to the PS4 and PS5. And there are other games on the PS3 I can't play on the PS4 or PS5 because the license again is pulled or its locked to a specific console. The one feature I wish Sony kept up with the PS4 and PS5 is the ability to play PS1 discs. And I care about physical games because I can find them cheaper whether new or used. Pawnshops, thrift stores who don't know games that will be idiots and price them to a point here they want to get rid of them fast. Also I like the fact that if I wasted money on an overhyped piece of shit game I can trade it in or I can privately sell it to someone who might enjoy it. I cannot sell or trade in the digital cousin to that physical copy of that game. All I have to do is realize is that I wasted money on a title I don't like. There are people out there who do care about physical copies it's called collectors and people who enjoy the sense of owner ship. When I buy a digital copy I am buying a license to play that game there is no sense of owner ship there. And people and collectors are proud to show off their library and brag about how many games they own.

ModsDoBetter111d ago

Or is this more made up ThezRude nonsense?

THEzRude111d ago

Digital is the future. Your tears wont change this fact.
Sure it would be nice to have a physical box gathering dust in my shelve that i forget in a moment even exist.
But only minority of gamer population cries for physical copies.
Console peasants are their own breed for sure, they are the FIFA and COD sheeps.

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jznrpg122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

No physical and no steam you lose 2 chunks of players off the top. It’s an Epic published games so I get why they didn’t release on steam but no physical was dumb.

tagzskie122d ago

An excellent game not selling well is so sad.. Theres a lot of game deserved not to sell well like cod mw3 for example. But this game is not. The last redemption should be released on steam and disc.. That should be another half to million at best i think.

shinoff2183122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

I'd be down

-Foxtrot122d ago

They need a physical edition, simply put

Give us a collectors edition with a steelbook aswell and I’d buy it

blackblades122d ago (Edited 122d ago )

Options basically, people didn't buy it because of it not being on steam. Other because its not physical on consoles. Makes me think Xbox digital only gonna hurt it even more.