Post Reply Hellblade has moved into profit after hitting 500K sales
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Posted 11/25/17 , edited 11/25/17
They released a video 2-3 days ago or so. It's interesting how 500K will make a developer happy while 5-6+ million sold still not enough for another

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice | Dev Diary 30 | The Launch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDvATt2VBxU



I didn't know about this game until recently. It's available on the PS store and Steam. The reviews are good overall.

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/310216/Hellblade_has_moved_into_profit_after_hitting_500K_sales.php
http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice



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Good for them

It's a group of 20 people + the developer is also the publisher + digital only+ the editor is also the actor so i can see why they can already make profits even with just 500K copies sold. This is a good example for other developers. You can make money on a game if you can cut back or make adjustments on certain things.. I love the idea of them using the editor as the actor for the game


I'll pick this game up when it's on sale. I don't know how i'll like it about being 6-8 hours long with perma death....
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Posted 11/25/17 , edited 11/25/17

AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:


Good for them

It's a group of 20 people + the developer is also the publisher + digital only+ the editor is also the actor so i can see why they can already make profits even with just 500K copies sold. This is a good example for other developers. You can make money on a game if you can cut back or make adjustments on certain things.. I love the idea of them using the editor as the actor for the game


I'll pick this game up when it's on sale. I don't know how i'll like it about being 6-8 hours long with perma death....


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It's a relatively easy game while a beautiful game in terms of graphics and storyline.
Platinum is easy to miss on the first go-through, just make sure you locate and find all of the Lorestones each level (this is the only thing that can be missed through one play through; all other trophies are storyline-driven.

As for cost and profit, which is the theme of this thread, I think the two of you seem to fail to understand one major aspect of this game.
There is only one motion capture character (who is also the video editor).
In the vast majority of other AAA games, they use 15-50 different people to capture.
On top of that, there were only six (?) voice actors/resses for this game; another thing that cannot be executed in all AAA games.
Senua's Sacrifice was a great game for the little amount of characters and how short it was.
But if Ubisoft or EA were the publishers of this game, it would have been booed off of Steam and PSN as a laughingstock due to the perception of these two companies; even at $29.99.
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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17
I guess they fixed the perma death after the complaints or something?

I'm aware that game has only 1 actor (also editor) from the video provided above -- they will save a lot of money if they can just use their own people l like this.

for example-- I was reading through the career page of PHX PD. They will pay $10 extra per hour for any officer doing translation/interpretation work. it's cheaper than paying some interpretation/translation company for $5-$6/minute or $0.05/per word.

Do it yourself. It's always cheaper. Hellblade is a good example of this. You can save a lot of money this way. I would just use their own staff as actors for their games.

Do you remember the old days where games will just have text instead of voice over? before the trend of characters with voice started...




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Posted 12/1/17 , edited 12/1/17
True. True. It's alot cheaper to have your own in-house employees doing the voice over for the characters instead of hiring voice actors. You will have to pay a premium for the well known actors as well..

I'm actually in favor of FANs of the series doing the voice over for the series.. I'm sure there fans who will gladly offer their voice for their favorite games for free!!

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/309221/Board_members_vote_to_officially_end_voice_actors_strike.php
https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/299935/Life_is_Strange_prequel_hit_by_SAGAFTRA_voice_actor_strike.php


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