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Binary Domain Sold Just 20k Units in March

Posted by Sammy Barker

Bad news

Binary Domain is a rare gem. Sure, it gets a bit repetitive in places, but it’s uncommon to find a new IP with a genuinely intriguing universe and likable cast. It’s just a shame the general public didn’t agree. According to this month’s NPD report, the Yakuza Studio developed third-person shooter sold just 20k copies in North America throughout the month of March. That’s an extremely lousy performance considering the quality of the game.

Naturally the tracking period doesn't account for launch day sales, but with the game releasing right at the end of February, it's safe to assume that it should have done much better.

Furthermore, as the most recent title to come out of SEGA, it’s likely that the game’s poor performance contributed to the company’s decision to dramatically change its publishing strategy. It's probably best to erase all hopes for a sequel right now.

[via joystiq.com]

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ShogunRokAdmin

#1

ShogunRok said:

It's a solid game with a few little niggles that keep it from being great. Checkpoint system could be much better, there's never enough ammo and some boss fights are cheap and repetitive. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story, characters, art style and gameplay in general.

I'd honestly say it's one of the better single player TPS games, but not many would listen

Slapshot

#2

Slapshot said:

It's a shame that it's not selling better, but times are really starting to get tight for so many people now, it's really hard keep up with all the game releases anymore. I don't think it's will be just SEGA revamping their strategies. :(

Supereor

#3

Supereor said:

Wow, an independent game that turned out so it may have no sequels... reminds me of Alpha Protocol, really.

Splat

#4

Splat said:

@Slapshot - $60 is alot of money to drop on a new video game or atleast it is in my house. That is why most of my games end up saying "Greatest Hits" on the cover.

Ginkgo

#5

Ginkgo said:

The problem is that it is competing with so many other good games. I have only played the demo, which I liked! But on a priority basis, it is in the "would be interested one day" which means I will never get it unless I see it in a bargain bin.

I am still playing catch up on all the games from 2011 that I want to play.

Slapshot

#6

Slapshot said:

@Splat I'm right there with you. I've had to significantly cut down on my gaming purchases lately too. The rising gas prices are really straining finances for my family. :(

Bigjeffp46

#7

Bigjeffp46 said:

Yes $60 is a lot, especially when two weeks after release it's reduced at some outlet.

rjejr

#8

rjejr said:

Just finished UC3 and needed something else to add to my Gamefly list as it looks like I'll be waiting forever for Azura's Wrath so I added this. I know there are probably better games out there but I wanted something short, self contained and w/ a decent single player story (which is the only reason I chose this over Vanquish).

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