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Embracer Says Alone in the Dark's Performance is Lower than Expected

This could potentially explain why some team members were let go just a month following the game's launch.

Image Credit: Pieces Interactive, Alone in the Dark

Embracer Group, a well-known video game company headquartered in Sweden, released its latest earnings report on Thursday. The report mentioned that sales for the reboot of The Alone in the Dark failed to meet the company's expectations.

"results were also impacted by a softer-than-expected performance for the two titles Alone in the Dark and Outcast: A New Beginning, developed and published by THQ Nordic."

Despite this, the report acknowledged that the main revenue drivers among new releases in the quarter were games like Star Wars: Battlefront Classic Collection,  Tomb Raider I-III Remastered as well as Alone in the Dark.

The report continued, stating:

“Alone in the Dark and Outcast: A New Beginning both received positive user reception, but critics had mixed reviews, and ultimately, the games performed below management's expectations."

Image Credit: Pieces Interactive, Alone in the Dark

As spotted by Insider Gaming, layoffs at the game's developer, Pieces Interactive, surfaced last month when employees began posting about them online, just a month after the launch of Alone in the Dark on March 20. While Embracer Group has not publicly commented on the layoffs, the financial report for the fiscal year seems to provide some clarity.

Image Credit: Pieces Interactive, Alone in the Dark

In the past year, Embracer Group has undergone significant changes. Following the sale of Gearbox to Take-Two for $460 million in March, which is part of Embracer's restructuring that led to several studio closures, project cancellations, and layoffs, on April 22, Embracer announced a further restructuring into three separate companies. Just a few days ago, Nintendo announced its acquisition of Shiver Entertainment from Embracer Group.

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  • Anonymous user

    The game was half baked..alotta issues..it's not rocket science


    Anonymous user

    ·29 days ago·

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