July 27, 2011

Bulletstorm Didn’t Make Any Money… and Thats Ok

Appar­ent­ly Epic’s newest AAA release did­n’t make any mon­ey for Epic, accord­ing to Mike Capps, pres­i­dent of Epic Games .   Despite it’s crit­i­cal suc­cess, 82% aver­age for PC  and 84% for con­soles, Bul­let­storm cre­ate any rev­enue for Epic.  Bul­let­storm sold less then 300,000 units across all plat­forms dur­ing the first 3 months of it’s release.  
 EA was quot­ed say­ing “It’ under per­formed”. 
Regard­less of it’s fail­ure to sell  Epic’s Pres­i­dent said that he does­n’t regret devlop­ing Bul­let­storm, and they are ok with the fact that the game did­n’t make them any mon­ey.  Bul­let­storm was devel­oped by Peo­ple Can Fly (cre­ators of Painkiller). 
Epic’s pres­i­dent will be giv­ing a speech at GDC in europe next month called “Size Does­n’t Mat­ter:  How Epic Brings AAA Atti­tude to Every Game, from Gears of War 3 to Infin­i­ty Blade”.  Accord­ing to Kotaku they want to hold this con­fer­ence to dis­pel the idea that they are a stu­dio with a unlim­it­ed bud­get and no devel­op­ment times to deal with, because they don’t.  There are rumors that Mike Capps will also address why Bul­let­storm per­formed poor­ly at the sales counter despite good reviews. 
I think I can under­stand while the game per­formed poor­ly, I don’t think any­one real­ly knew what to think of Bul­let­storm or what it was for that mat­ter.  .  The idea of peo­ple fly­ing around with arc whips could make ques­tion it’s… seri­ous­ness?   Let’s look at Gears of War 3, it has a sto­ry of human­i­ty strug­gle against extinc­tion or great adver­si­ty and their desire to sur­vive, that is some­thing peo­ple can relate to or per­haps Max Payne, a sto­ry of a man out for ven­gence because of what hap­pened to his fam­i­ly.  These are all sto­ries peo­ple can relate to, some­thing peo­ple might want to ‘be a part of’ where as Bul­let­storm did­n’t give that vibe.  I remem­ber when one of my friends showed me the game  I was­n’t that impressed and I believe I was fair­ly con­fused.  Hav­ing said that, it does­n’t mean it was a bad game, because it was­n’t but the first impres­sion was­n’t that good and as we know, first impres­sions are every­thing.  What do you guys think?


  1. AceOfNades69 - July 27, 2011 3:09 pm

    Bul­let­storm was a fun spin on shoot­ers but for me after play­ing it a while the intrest just kin­da fad­ed out for me. Then they came out with the beta access for Gears 3 and thats all I used it for.

  2. ScrotusKilmystr - July 27, 2011 9:35 pm

    Bul­let­storm was a fun idea I guess you could com­pare it to being the video game ver­sion of “The Fifth Ele­ment” not sto­ry but in style. a anti-hero out to do whats right with some com­e­dy tossed in for good mea­sure!.…
    It is sur­pris­ing that the beta access for gears 3 alone should have helped sells bot­tem­line between that and reviews I guess it comes down to adver­tis­ing they just did­n’t cre­ate the buzz need­ed I guess


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