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June 3rd, 2012, 08:51
Originally Posted by CountChocula View Post
In the US, however, which is where most of the Witcher 2 sales came from, the game was not self-published but instead published by Namco Bandai (and Warner Bros for the Xbox version, if I understand correctly). Also, most digital sales were derived from Steam, rather than GOG.
The publishing deals are retail only. CDP does all digital alone. CDP self-publishes retail in a couple of Eastern European countries, including their home country. That's more than 99% of all developers can claim.
CDP had a relatively strong negotiation position for TW2. TW was a hit, the brand is well known, the business model proven, the publisher doesn't have to sholder development costs, CDP doesnt need the money to survive, CDP is perfectly connected - they know everybody because they've published their games in Eastern Europe for a decade.
So unless Atari comitted to a gigantic marketing budget and huge guarantees they were only the junior partner in this deal.
News on the French XBox verdict aren't clear. CDP had to offer Namco either a distribution deal or a publishing deal, depending on the source.
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