Enslaved Couldn’t Beat Heavenly Sword Despite Having a Multiplatform Audience
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was the second game from Ninja Theory. Its first game, Heavenly Sword, was a launch title for the PS3, and performed well on the sales front. Ninja Theory decided that in order to accrue more sales, it would need to make Enslaved multiplatform. However, the wider audience didn’t do much.
Today, Namco-Bandai released that Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has sold 460,000 in the time between the game’s release and December 31, 2010. According to VG Chartz, Enslaved sold 138,000 copies during its first 10 weeks on the PS3. By comparison, Heavenly Sword sold 533,000 copies during its first 10 weeks, and 1.4 million in total sales. Lee Kirton, director of Namco-Bandai had this so say about the sales:
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. 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.
It is good to know that Namco-Bandai is taking review scores into account when deciding on whether they will make a sequel. Gamers always appreciate it when publishers take the quality of a game into account and not just sales, which usually turn out to be a popularity contest about older IPs.