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February 14th, 2008, 23:02
Originally Posted by zakhal View Post
600,000 is still only poor/average sales when compared to console games that can sell up to multiple millions?

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You need to put that into perspective. All console games require a fee paid to the platform holder, which reduces their margin. EA paid the NFL a rumoured $300M for the license rights to make Madden — it simply has to be a megahit to pay that money back. Wii Play is bought by many people because it is a cheap way to get a second controller. How established is Final Fantasy and Zelda? I'd say Zelda is a pop culture icon - I think it's possible my 77 year old mother would have heard of it or seen a TV ad. I'm not diminishing the achievements of these games but The Witcher was never competing on that scale and doesn't have to.

For a first-time project from a Polish studio, M-rated with limited promotion from Atari, in a niche-genre on the PC and with a licensed property (Sapkowski) that noone in the western world has heard of - this is an excellent result.

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