Heavy Rain Sells 2 Million Copies Worldwide But Second Hand Sales Eat At Quantic Dream’s Profits
Over a year after it’s release worldwide sales of Quantic Dream’s interactive drama, Heavy Rain, have reached the two million mark. Such an achievement for a unique new IP in this crowded market of shooters is noteworthy but according to studio co-founder Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Heavy Rain’s sales could actually be much higher.
“We basically sold to date approximately two million units, we know from the trophy system that probably more than three million people bought this game and played it.”
“On my small level it’s a million people playing my game without giving me one cent. And my calculation is, as Quantic Dream, I lost between €5 and €10 million worth of royalties because of second hand gaming.”
Fondaumiere blames the state of the economy for the increase in used gaming sales as consumers look for more affordable means to buying games. He also warns that if the situation continues developers will “stop making games if they can’t recoup a profit”.