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It doesn't really matter as long as the end product itself is good enough for the consumer. Wasn't Breath of the Wild announced in 2013?

Make a good game and people will buy it.



                            

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Some examples that come to mind:

game announcement release sales
Duke Nukem Forever 1997 2011 (14 years later!) > 2M
Final Fantasy XV (originally versus XIII) 2006 2016 (10 years later) > 6.5M
Team Fortress 2 1998 2007 (9 years later) F2P (>40M owners)
The Last Guardian (project Trico) 2008 2016 (8 years later) > 1.2M
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2013 2017 (4 years later) > 5.6M so far
Star Citizen 2012 ? (no firm release date yet) 1.9M backers

Seems the sales are mostly fine.

Last edited by Mnementh - on 03 January 2018

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Darashiva said:
caffeinade said:

"especially if the developer doesn't give frequent updates on the game's progress"
You mean like Half-Life 3...
I don't think Valve could kill the hype train if they wanted to.

But yeah, I pretty much fully agree, with everything in your post.

Well, Half-Life 3 has never actually been officially announced, so it doesn't quite apply to it. But yes, there are always going to be exception. I think the biggest problem HL3 will have if it ever actually is released is that it's practically impossible for it to live up to the expectations fans have built up for it over the last 10+ years.

HL3 hasn't had a trailer, yes.
Valve has done all but officially announce the title.

It is not a title you can slap together.
All fans can really expect at this point is a title within the next ten years.

But, yeah it is an outlier; it is definitely not the norm.



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Mnementh said:

Some examples that come to mind:

game announcement release sales
Duke Nukem Forever 1997 2011 (14 years later!) > 2M
Final Fantasy XV (originally versus XIII) 2006 2016 (10 years later) > 6.5M
The Last Guardian (project Trico) 2008 2016 (8 years later) > 1.2M
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2013 2017 (4 years later) > 5.6M so far
Star Citizen 2012 ? (no firm release date yet) not released yet

Seems the sales are mostly fine.

Add Team Fortress 2 to that list.
Announced in 1998 and released in 2007.
I don't have firm numbers for it, since it is F2P.
44 million owners on Steam, and updates over ten years after release: is a success to me.
The game also came out on the Xbox 360 and PS3 via The Orange Box.
http://steamspy.com/app/440

Star Citizen has "sold" over 1.9 million units (1.9 million backers) as of right now.
Almost 176 million USD raised via crowd funding.
https://robertsspaceindustries.com/funding-goals

Also still in development:
Dwarf Fortress, has been in development for over 15 years now.
No release date is in sight.

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caffeinade said:
Mnementh said:

Some examples that come to mind:

game announcement release sales
Duke Nukem Forever 1997 2011 (14 years later!) > 2M
Final Fantasy XV (originally versus XIII) 2006 2016 (10 years later) > 6.5M
The Last Guardian (project Trico) 2008 2016 (8 years later) > 1.2M
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2013 2017 (4 years later) > 5.6M so far
Star Citizen 2012 ? (no firm release date yet) not released yet

Seems the sales are mostly fine.

Add Team Fortress 2 to that list.
Announced in 1998 and released in 2007.
I don't have firm numbers for it, since it is F2P.
44 million owners on Steam, and updates over ten years after release: is a success to me.
The game also came out on the Xbox 360 and PS3 via The Orange Box.
http://steamspy.com/app/440

Star Citizen has "sold" over 1.9 million units (1.9 million backers) as of right now.
Almost 176 million USD raised via crowd funding.
https://robertsspaceindustries.com/funding-goals

Also still in development:
Dwarf Fortress, has been in development for over 15 years now.
No release date is in sight.

Thanks for the hints. I see Dwarf Fortress different, as it is free (not free to play). As it is not sold there is no need for the devs to set the magical 1.0. You can see similar effects on many Open Source Projects, that need long time to reach 1.0, although they are long time already usable and used.



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my greatest games: 2017, 2018, 2019

Predictions: Switch / Switch vs. XB1 in the US / Three Houses first quarter

Mnementh said:
caffeinade said:

Add Team Fortress 2 to that list.
Announced in 1998 and released in 2007.
I don't have firm numbers for it, since it is F2P.
44 million owners on Steam, and updates over ten years after release: is a success to me.
The game also came out on the Xbox 360 and PS3 via The Orange Box.
http://steamspy.com/app/440

Star Citizen has "sold" over 1.9 million units (1.9 million backers) as of right now.
Almost 176 million USD raised via crowd funding.
https://robertsspaceindustries.com/funding-goals

Also still in development:
Dwarf Fortress, has been in development for over 15 years now.
No release date is in sight.

Thanks for the hints. I see Dwarf Fortress different, as it is free (not free to play). As it is not sold there is no need for the devs to set the magical 1.0. You can see similar effects on many Open Source Projects, that need long time to reach 1.0, although they are long time already usable and used.

I know.
I just wanted to bring it up because it is a cool project, and somewhat relevant.
I put it to the side for that reason.

The devs do take donations and have a Patreon.
https://www.patreon.com/bay12games
Watch out Star Citizen, these guys are coming for your: largest crowd funded project, title.



It helps to sell consoles but I hate it. I don't like early game announcements, I love shadowdrops and games announcements that release atleast the same year. But if it has many updates like divinity Original sin II I am also fine with it because you know what they are up to (40 updates in two years).






thread remind me I almost bought a ps3 when Last Guardian was announced...Thank heavens I didn't