Frictional Games, creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, experienced another success with their latest survival-horror game, SOMA.
SOMA sold more than 92,000 copies in just 10 days after launch, and that money will help them pay their “company expenses for another 2 years.”
“The money that we’ve got from this will pretty much pay our company expenses for another 2 years. Sales are still going pretty strongly too, with a total of around 2,000 copies sold per day. This number is bound to drop over time, and it’ll be interesting to see just how fast and where it stabilizes.”
When compared to the studio’s previous games’ sales at launch, SOMA did better than Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but around 30 thousand less than Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.
“Well, Amnesia: The Dark Descent sold 30,000 copies in the first month (and around 20,000 the first week). So SOMA’s launch is obviously a lot better than that. Compared to Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, though, the launch is a little bit worse. That game sold about 120,000 copies the first week.”
Even with these numbers, the game still needs to sell “almost 3 times that amount” in order to recoup all of the costs. However, Frictional Games is “under no pressure to recoup immediately,” as long as they get enough to keep running.
“However, this doesn’t mean that we’ve come close to recouping all our costs. We need to sell almost 3 times that amount to do that. But given that it took us 5 years to make the project, there’s no immediate stress to do so. One of the great things about funding SOMA 100% ourselves is that all money earned goes into our own pockets and is directly used to fund our upcoming projects. So we are under no pressure to recoup immediately so long as we get enough to keep going – which we certainly have now.”
Check out SOMA’s Accolades trailer below, and stay tuned for our review of it soon.