Outriders is still not profitable for Square Enix

The inclusion of Outriders in Xbox Game Pass, also for PC, seems like that hasn’t been enough for looter shooter People Can Fly. As announced by the studio, the game has not yet recouped the investment that Square Enix made in it, although everything is a license that the Japanese company has been optimistic with, and in fact it is one of the rare IP of Western origin which was excluded from the recent purchase agreement by the Embracer group.

This non-profitability at the moment was revealed after People Can Fly’s financial report, published on April 21, and in which it is revealed that it did not make a profit during this past financial year 2021. As we said before, Square Enix has agreed with Microsoft the inclusion of the game in Game Pass from “day one” in the market, which undoubtedly helped them in the short term when it came to to get a player base, but from a monetary point of view, it hasn’t been beneficial in the absolute sense.

The game has been in the market for a little over a year and the studio has yet to collect royalties for it, as for this it needs to generate a profit. The revenue from the agreement with Microsoft at the moment does not seem sufficient, since from the beginning they have given up on implementing micropayments.

They are not optimistic

“The level of royalties depends on the specific amount that comes from game sales,” the financial report says. “The studio has not received any royalties from the publisher until the period of December 31, 2021, which means that the sales data of Outriders is not sufficient for the publisher to recoup the fees and expenses invested in the development, distribution and promotion of the game. game. There is no guarantee that future revenue from game sales will be sufficient to recover costs and pay royalties to the studio. »

With that, from People Can Fly, they’re not exactly optimistic. With this, it remains that its new expansion, Worldslayer, which arrives at the end of this month, is able to recover a good number of players and that others are interested in the game.

Source: Tweaktown

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