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Back in November 2017, we reported about the sale numbers of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. As we stated back then, almost 50% of the sales were coming from the PC platform, something that Ninja Theory has officially confirmed. Not only that, but the developers were really – pleasantly – surprised by the game’s PC sales.

 

As chief creative director Tameem Antoniades told PCGamer, the team never expected the PC version to sell as much as its PS4 version did.

 

“We did see this as primarily a PlayStation 4 title, and we thought that platform would be the bulk of our sales, and in fact it was pretty evenly split. So going forward, we will make sure that we get our interface and everything right for the PC audience as well.”

 

What also surprised Ninja Team was the amount of gamers that played this game with keyboard+mouse. As we’ve already said, third-person games can benefit from this control scheme and Ninja Theory acknowledged the game’s initial control issues.

 

“We were so surprised that so many people played the game with mouse and keyboard, and we dropped the ball a little bit at the start. We patched it afterwards, but we dropped the ball with our mouse and keyboard support.”

 

Source: DSOG

 

It's nice to see that they got around to talking about it's sales, as well as talking about how they will approach their PC audience going forward. Good sales for the game all around.



               

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One game will sell well on PC, another will not so nothing special here.
There's a lot of PC games out there that would sell very well on PS4 if they were released on the Sony machine.
Also PC gamers love playing with mouse and keyboard for some reason so again nothing really surprising in them playing with mouse and keyboard.
On consoles we play with a controller cause that's how we like it, it feels more natural to me but to each his/her own.



CrazyGamer2017 said:
One game will sell well on PC, another will not so nothing special here.
There's a lot of PC games out there that would sell very well on PS4 if they were released on the Sony machine.
Also PC gamers love playing with mouse and keyboard for some reason so again nothing really surprising in them playing with mouse and keyboard.
On consoles we play with a controller cause that's how we like it, it feels more natural to me but to each his/her own.

It's special to the devs, because they were actually surprised at how it sold, despite them having targeted PS4 originally.

 

I know you're trying to put down this kind of news, but it honestly doesn't help, and doesn't really add anything to the topic besides saying "who cares".

 

It also feels natural to play with a K+M on PC, but there you go.



               

Was this the game that launched with zero M+K support at all? If so I'm glad to see the devs admit to their dumb mistake and vow to have better M+K support in the future since it's crucial to the PC platform.



Chazore said:
CrazyGamer2017 said:
One game will sell well on PC, another will not so nothing special here.
There's a lot of PC games out there that would sell very well on PS4 if they were released on the Sony machine.
Also PC gamers love playing with mouse and keyboard for some reason so again nothing really surprising in them playing with mouse and keyboard.
On consoles we play with a controller cause that's how we like it, it feels more natural to me but to each his/her own.

It's special to the devs, because they were actually surprised at how it sold, despite them having targeted PS4 originally.

 

I know you're trying to put down this kind of news, but it honestly doesn't help, and doesn't really add anything to the topic besides saying "who cares".

 

It also feels natural to play with a K+M on PC, but there you go.

It's a good game so it sells too on PC, what's so special about that? If God of War would be released on PC it would sell even more than Hellblade.

I'm not trying to put down anything as much as you are obviously trying to glorify PC gaming. I don't have a problem with that but if you do I'll have to point out that the game is a good game so more sales by adding it to PC is not a surprise to me. PC is no better than consoles gaming contrary to what your signature alludes. And there is nothing natural about playing games with a keyboard and mouse as those were made for data processing and later on adapted to gaming. If you prefer those to play that's fine and you won't hear me complain about it but if you are going to glorify one form of gaming over another don't be surprised if people debunks your beliefs.



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Nice to hear. PC is a platform any dev would be foolish to ignore.



Yeah, it was really weird for the game not support mouse and keyboard from the start.Just glad they patched it.



My (locked) thread about how difficulty should be a decision for the developers, not the gamers.

https://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=241866&page=1

CrazyGamer2017 said:

It's a good game so it sells too on PC, what's so special about that? If God of War would be released on PC it would sell even more than Hellblade.

I'm not trying to put down anything as much as you are obviously trying to glorify PC gaming. I don't have a problem with that but if you do I'll have to point out that the game is a good game so more sales by adding it to PC is not a surprise to me. PC is no better than consoles gaming contrary to what your signature alludes. And there is nothing natural about playing games with a keyboard and mouse as those were made for data processing and later on adapted to gaming. If you prefer those to play that's fine and you won't hear me complain about it but if you are going to glorify one form of gaming over another don't be surprised if people debunks your beliefs.

By that logic, what's so special about any game selling anywhere else for that matter?.


The devs found it special to them, because they targeted PS4 initially. The sales that followed afterward provided them a 50/50 split. So they were originally likely thinking that PS4 would have sold the majority, considering that they said they originally geared it towards that platform. 

 

"obviously trying to glorify PC gaming".

 

And how is that?. I posted a thread about the devs expressing their surprise for their PC sales. I'm into PC gaming so I felt like posting the thread in covering that part of the news. Nothing "glorified" about it.

Neither platform is equal either, so I'm not sure why you're getting super fussy about that, as well as once again taking a crack shot at me for my forum sig (which is going down into personal territory and going off the thread's discussion track at that).

 

There is also nothing special about playing it with a gamepad either, so really you're just bickering about trying to cancel news out with something else that's entirely different. 

 

Except I'm not trying to glorify anything at all...

That's you trying to pick a personal fight, which you seemed to lack letting go from the last time we talked. 



               

Chazore said:

By that logic, what's so special about any game selling anywhere else for that matter?.


The devs found it special to them, because they targeted PS4 initially. The sales that followed afterward provided them a 50/50 split. So they were originally likely thinking that PS4 would have sold the majority, considering that they said they originally geared it towards that platform. 

 

"obviously trying to glorify PC gaming".

 

And how is that?. I posted a thread about the devs expressing their surprise for their PC sales. I'm into PC gaming so I felt like posting the thread in covering that part of the news. Nothing "glorified" about it.

Neither platform is equal either, so I'm not sure why you're getting super fussy about that, as well as once again taking a crack shot at me for my forum sig (which is going down into personal territory and going off the thread's discussion track at that).

 

There is also nothing special about playing it with a gamepad either, so really you're just bickering about trying to cancel news out with something else that's entirely different. 

 

Except I'm not trying to glorify anything at all...

That's you trying to pick a personal fight, which you seemed to lack letting go from the last time we talked. 

There is nothing personal here, I can promise you that if someone else tries to glorify one form of gaming over another I would call them out just the same. The fact you feel personally attacked about this is just your defensive reaction. Let me remind you that in my first post here I was replying to you about the fact that I'm not surprised that is sells well on PC. I explained that it's a good game and therefore it selling well on PC seems natural to me considering the install base on PC being huge. One could even say I'm paying a compliment to those who game on PC. The fact it sells well on PC too demonstrates that PC gamers have good tastes when it comes to gaming.

But then you couldn't help yourself and YOU had to make it personal by throwing an ACCUSATION and I quote "I know you're trying to put down this kind of news"

So if anyone is trying to make this personal it is you. Me I'm only giving my opinion on the success of this game on PC. But since personal bickering is your tactic of choice then I'm simply reminding you that the only one here that has a superiority complex to the point of having a signature that screams "Master Race" is you, not me. I don't need a signature that says how console gaming is superior because I don't believe that one way of gaming is superior to ANY other. Everyone games the way he/she prefers and diversity is fine in my opinion.

And playing with a controller is my favorite way of playing. I agree that there is nothing special about it. It's just more natural as controllers were made to game. But I can understand that you may prefer playing with a mouse and keyboard, that's totally fine and it has its advantages, AGAIN I don't have a problem with that.

So about this game being released on PC, I say good. I understand the logic of games being exclusives to one system but ultimately I think it's sad that not everybody can enjoy one specific game just cause they are not on the right system. For example I would love to play Cuphead on my PS4 but I know that it's not possible. So enjoy Hellblade on your PC, it's a great game and now you have the chance to play it with full keyboard and mouse support.

Last edited by CrazyGamer2017 - on 25 April 2018

It's not normal a game made for console to sell so well on pc, usually primary console games what goes late to pc receive a poor to terrible port.