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  1. Something Awful, badgame.net https://jesawyer.tumblr.com/post/188915786456/will-there-be-a-pillars-3-that-is-not-something That is not something that I get to decide, but I do think that the relatively low sales of Deadfire mean that if we consider making another Pillars game in this style, we’re going to have to re-examine the entire format of the game. It is difficult to know exactly why a sequel sells worse than its predecessor if both games review relatively well. Is it because the first game satisfied the existing need and the audience just wasn’t interested in the second? Is it because awareness was lower for the sequel? Is it because despite the strong reviews and the strong sales for the first game, people didn’t “really” like it? Maybe it’s a combination of all of these things. The problem is that without really understanding the reason(s), it’s hard to know how to move forward. It would be easier in some ways if Deadfire were also a colossal critical failure and we could point to the massive screw-ups that we needed to address. Players did criticize the low difficulty at launch and the main plot, which I think are fair and reasonable, but those problems alone don’t really explain the difference in sales. And while player reviews were weaker for Deadfire than for Pillars 1, professional criticism tended to say that Deadfire was an improvement over the first game in most areas. (Yes, Deadfire has an 88 Metacritic and Pillars 1 has an 89 Metacritic, but IMO Pillars 1′s review scores benefited from a nostalgia bump.) Players who hate RTwP combat will say that it’s because Deadfire continued using RTwP combat, in contrast to the phenomenally better-selling (and better-reviewed) turn-based Divinity: OS2. Even if that’s true, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, which generally had lower review scores than Deadfire, sold better than Deadfire and had RTwP combat. I’m sure some of the people reading this think they know precisely why Deadfire sold worse than Pillars 1. I don’t have that confidence, which is one of several reasons why I am leery about trying to direct a sequel. I couldn’t give our (Obsidian’s) audience the game that they wanted and without understanding where I went wrong, I would be guessing at what the problems are and how to remedy them.
  2. Confirmed in today's Take-Two Interactive quarterly earnings call: https://venturebeat.com/2019/11/07/take-two-the-outer-worlds-is-outperforming-expectations/
  3. I think it's likely that Pathfinder: Kingmaker has sold more copies than Deadfire, but not that much more. The two games had almost identical numbers of concurrent players on launch, but Kingmaker has clearly had a fatter tail.
  4. It's not weird. What really matters is how much money each game earned, which is demonstrated by how well it did when it was new and being sold at full price. The concurrent players all-time peak tells the story: PoE2: https://steamcharts.com/app/560130 Tyranny: https://steamcharts.com/app/362960
  5. This isn't true. Tyranny almost certainly did not sell better than Deadfire before sales & discounts.
  6. "Day one patch" = release version of the game. It's not something you'll ever actually download separately if you didn't buy a physical copy of the game on disc.
  7. It's the same time everywhere, just different numbers on the clock.
  8. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/the-outer-worlds/home https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/the-outer-worlds/9mwd2z8l1fbq
  9. Doesn't look like it. That's probably only for Microsoft-published titles that are exclusive to PC and Xbox, no?
  10. So apparently the game's sixth and final companion is a robot named SAM.
  11. App Trigger 8.5/10 Ars Technica Attack of the Fanboy 4/5 AusGamers 8.5/10 CGMagazine 9/10 COGconnected 91/100 Critical Hit 8/10 The Daily Dot 4.5/5 Daily Star 4/5 Destructoid 9/10 DualShockers 9.5/10 EGM 5/5 Eurogamer GameCrate 8.25/10 Game Informer 9.25/10 GamingTrend 65/10 Game Rant 4.5/5 Gamers Heroes 9/10 GamesBeat 91/100 GameSpace 9/10 GameSpew 8/10 GameSpot 9/10 GamesRadar+ 4/5 Game Revolution 4.5/5 God is a Geek 8.5/10 Hardcore Gamer 4/5 IGN 8.5/10 Kotaku Mashable Metro GameCentral 9/10 MMORPG.com 8/10 PC Gamer 79/100 PCGamesN 7/10 PC Invasion 7/10 PlayStation LifeStyle 10/10 PlayStation Universe 10/10 Polygon Press Start Australia 8.5/10 Push Square 9/10 Rock, Paper, Shotgun RPG Site 8/10 Screen Rant 4.5/5 Shacknews 9/10 Stevivor 9.5/10 Time The Digital Fix 7/10 The Indie Game Website 8/10 TheSixthAxis 8/10 TheXboxHub 5/5 TrueAchievements 4.5/5 Twinfinite 4/5 USgamer 4/5 VGC 4/5 Wccftech 7.8/10 We Got This Covered 5/5 Windows Central 4.5/5 Worth Playing 9/10 Xbox Achievements 92/100
  12. Interviews: https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/10/15/developer-interview-the-outer-worlds-unlocked-415 https://www.gameinformer.com/video-podcast/the-game-informer-show/2019/10/17/gi-show-pokemon-sword-writing-reviews-the-outer 2:19:25
  13. https://www.giantbomb.com/shows/ex-the-outer-worlds-10162019/2970-19697 https://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-outer-worlds-devs-show-us-some-hilarious-early/2300-6451325/
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