When Alien: Isolation was released last year, fans and critics were pleasantly surprised. The game stars Amanda Ripley as she heads out to the Sevastopol to find out what really happened to her mother, but her quest for the truth is made harder thanks to the Alien which roams about the place. There isn’t any combat and the game is purely survival horror, seeing Amanda use distractions and hiding places (such as lockers and under tables) to avoid a grizzly end.
Alien: Isolation was also a pleasant surprise as it was following the disastrous performance of Aliens: Colonial Marines which was heavily criticised for being buggy and nothing at all as advertised. SEGA’s faith in Alien has been rewarded and Isolation has sold 2.1 million copies, though the publisher says that it’s annual sales figures are ‘weak’.
Alien: Isolation Sales
In SEGA’s latest financial results – for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 – the publisher recorded 12.3 million sales. These include Alien: Isolation which sold 2.11 million copies, the Persona series which sold 6 million, and 620,000 combined sales for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. These sales led to an overall revenue of $925.7 million (up 11% from last year) and an operating profit of $33.4 million which is double what they made in the previous financial year.
On top of that, it has also been revealed that those 12.3 million game sales actually outpaced SEGA’s estimates by 1 million; so why has the publisher branded this figure as ‘weak’? Much of SEGA’s frustration is likely directed towards Sonic Boom as Sonic’s latest video game outings were the worst selling Sonic games of all time. And although sales of Sonic titles have been dropping off of the face of a cliff for some time now, SEGA likely had higher hopes than that.
SEGA may be disappointed with Alien: Isolation‘s performance too as the game could have suffered due to fans’ concerns that it would be as bad as Colonial Marines. However, Creative Assembly is apparently working on a sequel already so Alien fans don’t have too much to worry about for now.