Suda51 Blames Low Sales of His Games on Publishers

May 3, 2013 -

Grasshopper Manufacturer Goichi "Suda51" Suda says that his various games have not had the best sales because of the way publishers treat its unique gaming experiences. Suda51's games include Shadows of the Damned, Killer7 and No More Heroes.

Having worked with some pretty huge publishers over the years (Sega, EA, etc.), Suda51 feels that the companies don't understand how to handle indie titles like his:

"Grasshopper does have a very strong base; it's just that because we were so indie, publishers were always [treating us] differently," Suda tells GII.

"Each publisher operates a different way, has different strategic ideas, so in terms of sales, what they did, was they kept creating what they thought was good. But in terms of publishing, it was a different company's strategic choice."

"We weren't able to translate our creative directly into sales because that was the part where there was always a wall between creative and sales transition wise," he added.

Grasshopper was acquired earlier this year by Japanese publisher GungHo, which will distribute Suda51's upcoming Killer is Dead later this year.

"Now that we're one big group together and we'll be publishing our own titles as Grasshopper, we believe that the creative side and the sales side will have a better connection," he added. "We definitely believe that it will transfer to good sales because we will be able to choose our own strategy."

Source: Eurogamer


Comments

Re: Suda51 Blames Low Sales of His Games on Publishers

Couldn't it also be they're just not that good?
While alright, they're hardly top quality, and very old style and generic in many ways.

I liked the idea of lollypop chainsaw, or even No More Heroes comic book styling and characterizations even if corny as hell (THATS THE POINT!!). but the gameplay was really generic in the end. Then theres the graphical front... not so hot on either or, NMH hid it well in its art style, but LPC looked like it was just a higher res version of some older game on the new console like the "HD" re-releases we've seen of late. Blurry textures so-so animation and detail otherwise, with pretty boring environments.

Can't legitimately comment on the others as i haven't played them.

Re: Suda51 Blames Low Sales of His Games on Publishers

I bought Killer 7 and both No More Heroes games.  If Killer is Dead was coming to the Wii U, it's very likely I would pick that one up too.  But it's not.  Like four dozen other multi-platform games I could name, it's coming to every console EXCEPT Nintendo's.

(I'll cut everyone some slack on Lollipop Chainsaw and Shadows of the Damned as the Wii U wasn't out yet and the Wii was not powerful enough to run those games without significantly downgrading them.)

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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