It’s all about new franchises?
That’s the word from Suda51 when asked why Shadows of the Damned tanked at retail, selling an amazing 24,000 copies in its debut month in the United States.
“Of course we always wish to have a big hit, but at the same time – not just in Japan, but worldwide – I think it’s really difficult to be successful with a new IP. You really need an extraordinary amount of support to have a new franchise be successful. Unfortunately we couldn’t really do as well as we hoped for.”
Is that a subtle poke at EA?
When asked what he’d change, he mentions adding online play, which I can say with absolute certainty would have made NO difference in sales — at all. Zero. A mini blip, at best.
Sometimes, a game is just plain mediocre. He’s right that franchising is a tough game and that a lot of good games have disappeared and failed to really catch on with the public. But you need to bring a better game to the table first and adding online play to a mediocre game isn’t going to make it less mediocre.
The new franchise excuse, really, is just that — an excuse.