Thank you. That's the quote I keep referring to when I say Fargo has no interest in the mass market.
Not really, no.
Yes he will. I don't think you get it.
Unlike working for a publisher inXile is actually getting money from the sales of the game, a large cut of said sales as well.
If Wasteland 2 sells 300k on Steam (which isn't hard since Magicka sold that much in the first month or so) and if they get something like $15 of each copy sold (the price for WL 2
now on paypal is already up to $20) inXile gets $4.5 million. That's quite a lot of money for an indie company.
inXile is going to make a lot of money even in this niche market just by cutting out the publisher. Not to mention steam increases the life of the sales of a title thanks to Steam Sales so every year or so there should be a spike in WL 2
sales and that's just more money for the company. It's the one major advantage of PC gaming over console gaming. It may not sell millions at launch but it'll have consistent sales for several years thanks to digital distribution.
Fargo doesn't need the mass market and can make enough money to fund his company and upcoming titles just by sticking to the niche market and making the games he wants to make without publisher intervention. Without a publisher breathing down his neck he doesn't need to compromise the product for a sake of the mythical mass market. This is the whole point of Kickstarter.
edited 18th May '12 3:18:06 PM by ShadowScythe