Koei Tecmo has released two high profile action titles this year, with Wild Hearts in February, and Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty in March. Both games reviewed well, but at least from our perspective, it felt like they were brushed aside quite quickly in terms of the general gaming conversation. As such, we've been wondering how well these titles actually performed commercially.
The thing is, publishers rarely make a point of releasing sales data unless a game has done especially well for itself. In its latest earnings report, Koei Tecmo says that both Wild Hearts and Wo Long have enjoyed "successful" launches, but the report doesn't go into any details.
Fortunately for Koei Tecmo, the company's revenue is up year-on-year, and although its net profit is actually down, it looks to have been a fairly healthy 12 months for the publisher.
Still, the lack of defined sales data for Wild Hearts and Wo Long is bound to raise a few eyebrows, especially when Koei Tecmo is fine with sharing the sales numbers of other titles like the latest Atelier Ryza and Fatal Frame games. As such, it's difficult to gauge just how well these bigger budget action projects have performed.
Did you buy Wild Hearts or Wo Long? How do you think they did commercially? Wonder about oversaturation in the comments section below.
Wild Hearts was fun but I gave up after 10 hours, it just didn't hook me like monster hunter does, also took a while for people to join me when I requested help. Could definitely do with being put on playstation plus Essential/Extra.
Didn't play wild hearts but wo long was a nice surprise, turned out much better than i personally anticipated
well deserved success on that one
I haven't it even made past the tutorial on wo long. Idk. It feels so outdated. Also because I don't have the right mindset for a hard game atm
This is the future of day gamepass games. Low budget and failing on sales.
I bought Wo Long but haven't had the time to start it yet. I was hoping to get to it before Zelda and FF arrive, but we'll see how it goes.
I picked up Wild Hearts during a recent sale because of the strong reviews. It’s nice to see another take on a genre that’s been dominated by a single title for quite a while. I hope it does well, but even if it’s sales performance doesn’t warrant a sequel, it will be a nice, well-made one-off from Koei Tecmo.
Wild Hearts was alot of fun but the Mighty Lavaback difficulty spike killed me and my 2 friends desire to play. Sadly i havent touched the game in weeks.
Absolutely loved Wo Long on GamePass. Played the Wild Hearts trial but it didn’t grab me. Not a big Monster Hunter gamer.
That's what you get for putting Wo Long on GamePass. How about show some confidence in your product instead? Everyone I know who wanted to play this paid a dollar to sign up and then quit once they beat it. Probably hurt sales on the PlayStation side as a result. Day one releases just seem so bad for business. Don't see how this business model is sustainable.
Always bad release timing for me. I want to check out both of these games but just have not had the time and money to spend over everything else out there. I’ll probably pick them both up on Black Friday this year.
was worried that wild hearts would be technically poor when it released due to the dev not being anything other than average at best on the technical side and it was technically bad when it came out so i decided not to buy even though i quite fancied it. hoping for a lot of patching or a lower price now.
I'm not surprised. If they don't share numbers the game isn't a success. It's the Microsoft tactic. Obfuscate and say it did well.
Any company with a successful title openly mentions the sales figures, active player count etc.
It doesn't help that Wild Hearts was buggy and broken while Wo Long was a disappointing slog.
Love how people are blaming GamePass. Remember that Koei Tecmo is getting a big paycheck from Microsoft and they clearly thought whatever that money is was enough to offset sales. So they are getting one big payday over individual sales. People act like somehow they are losing all those sales and getting nothing in return. We have no idea the terms of those deals.
Did anyone expect these were major releases? They always seemed like AA niche games that would be expected to do well within their niche, not set charts ablaze.
Wild hearts was published by EA and maybe their publishing deal does not let them talk about numbers without EAs consent.
Wo long launches day one on game pass, and that makes sales number a harder thing to discuss, because MS might had paid more than enough to make it very successful, but talking numbers suddenly makes it look not-successful, so they might not be revealing numbers on that one because of that. Would not be shocked if at some point they instead mentioned how many players have enjoyed/played the game.
Wo long is a brilliant game, best game release so far this year
After trying the demo then purchasing the game, thinking it may be easier on the first boss. I had to admittedly send back wo long. I know now souls games arent for me or my mental health. Lol
I'm playing through Wo Long right now, about to beat the story. I'm having so much fun with this. If you love action games, this game is brilliant. So far it's been my favorite game of 2022/2023 and there were so many good games released in that timeline.
Well Wo Long is on GamePass so "success" is not about numbers sold. It is if it was profitable.
Did not play Wild Hearts but enjoyed Wo Long. Hope we get more of these.
Loved the demo to Wo Long, but holding out on buying it. It’s on GP so it’s inevitably gonna go on sale.
N.i.c.e. Both wo long fallen dynasty and wild hearts are 2 amazing games.word up son
Monster Hunter is it's own thing. It's going to be very difficult to steal those people away.
@UltimateOtaku91 Yeah I don't know how I feel about it and I haven't played it yet. I just don't like that building mechanic they added to it
Never pay full price for a game that is on game pass, because eventually it will be free on PlayStation + too, like code vain or Scarlett nexus
I paid for Wo Long on the ps5. Love the game so far. Only thing is for me is that some of the design choices are super questionable. Some of the edges around the graphics don't feel smoothed out, maybe? The cutscene graphics are no where near good, but the action makes up for it I guess. Im def going to beat it this year
I own both games, spent many hours there and I’m still very excited about them.
On the final final boss of Wo Long and loved the game! Played on Gamepass but obviously that deal still benefits Koei Tecmo so silly to see people here whinging about it.
I would love to buy Wild Hearts but it would need to either go on a deep sale or end up on one of the new PS Plus tiers
These games are for niche audiences. Plus, any game which launches day 1 on subscription services will be bound to suffer a lot in terms of sales.
Well, this is another reason why you cannot trust the news about sales and else, they said that Callisto Protocol was a flop, and actually was the best sold game in Christmas season, and it seems that Callisto was better sold than these two... interesting, I know that many rely in "expert gamers" who play very crappy and they are famous more for the theatrics of their tantrums, and the "specialised media" ain't any better. At the debut of game, they slashed or favoured one, depending on the dev... As in the good old days, when comes to video games, the best judge and reference is yourself no one else...
Releasing 2 lengthy, Action RPGs right alongside one another maybe wasn't the smartest business move? Although Koei Tecmo only developed them, I believe they both had different publishers so maybe it couldn't be helped.
That being said though its a shame so many are sleeping on Wild Hearts. If it weren't for the RE4 remake, Wild Hearts would easily be my GOTY. It's a genuine Monster Hunter competitor that holds its own against, and even surpasses its inspiration in some cases.
Karakuri > Wirebugs
It's gotta really eat into those sales when a game is released Day One on GamePass. I played Wo Long on GamePass, although I'm primarily a PS5 player. I have to imagine many other people are in similar boats.
Wo Long was fantastic, enjoyed every second of it
I played the trial for wild hearts and it was fun. I couldn't afford to buy it tho. I may buy it in the future.
Those games seem like they just came and went
They must have underperformed quite badly against their projected sales numbers, if they're not willing to share.
I cannot buy a game if i know it is free on somewhere else. I am pretty sure this is some disorder on my part but i cannot overcome it. I dont play on pc even though i have a beefy pc and do all of my gaming on my ps5 YET i cannot buy the games i know i have on my pc even though i never play them. Help.
Personally I didnt buy Wo Long cause its on gamepass. No way I am buying a 70 dollar game while its available at a lower price on a subscription service somewhere. Bit unfortunate but I am never buying Xbox. Saving up money to buy a gaming laptop or gaming handheld so that I can play it or hopefully we get a discount 50% off on PS5.
@_seneka I am having same issue as you! I did not buy the game (or any other game in fact) because its on gamepass or Ubi+ or whatever else. I waiting for it to be either on half price discount or not in any other service before commiting for a purchase.
Tap here to load 38 comments
Leave A Comment
Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...