id Sales Numbers

Since a bit of a debate on game sales erupted when I posted a link to a Forbes article a few days ago stating Ion Storm needed to sell 1.2 million copies of their next 3 games to break even, I emailed Todd Hollenshead up at id Software asking about the sales figures for Quake1 and Quake2 for comparison sake. Here's what Todd sent back:

about 1 million for Quake1, and about 1.2million for Quake2 not including console ports and OEM deals.

So there you have it. I wouldnt be surprised if Ion Storm did pull it off honestly for 1 or 2 of the titles. But 3 in a row is a bit steep.

From The Chatty

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    October 15, 1999 3:11 PM

    I don\'t know if a game can sell well without good word of mouth. DK will have to be damn good.

    A lot of games sell despite crappy graphics though, you never know. The 1.2 million for the Quake games is months, over a year after release though. Ion will have to wait a long long time before they see a profit.