Psychological horror-adventure Soma was released around a year ago, and I think it’s one of the standout games of a particularly impressive year (seriously, 2015 gave us Bloodborne, Axiom Verge, The Witcher 3 and more). Financially, it’s done pretty well for developer Frictional Games too. In a new blog post, Frictional announces that it’s sold nearly half a million copies, or “a bit over 450,000” to be precise. That’s *whips out calculator and hits buttons frantically* a lot, and it means that the developer has “now broken even and then some”.
Soma cost over ten times the cash required to make Amnesia: The Dark Descent (the company’s previous game), so the team seem pretty happy at recouping that.
“Despite a bloated budget and tough sell, here we are a year later having earned back every single dime spent. And not only that; we earned well past the break-even point! The project was a big success and we are able to keep doing games with scope and quality comparable to SOMA. In fact, our goal is to aim higher still.”
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There are no hints as to what’s next for Frictional Games in the article, but we know from the six-month report that it currently has two games in the works.
Have a read of the whole blog post while we wait for Amnesia 2: Forget Me Not to be announced, or whatever their next game ends up being.