Publisher CI Games, previously City Interactive, has announced record finances achieved in 2013, totaling $35.3 million in revenue, with an income of $3.7 million. It attributes this recent success to sales figures of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2.
According to the company, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 was able to get 1.5 million in sales in 2013, which brings its total to 5 million units sold for the complete franchise. It lists planning key distribution for the boost, but it’s likely that the game sold well because it was on sale quite often.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 isn’t the best of shooters around, which is reflected by its 50-something Metacritic score. Its realistic, long-range action in first person can sometimes lead to some unique multiplayer games, but its campaign is boring, linear and filled with bugs.
There’s also no mention of Alien Rage in its report. Yet another generic shooter in the Unreal Engine 3, Alien Rage crashed and burned hard upon release, prompting a sizable price drop right after it came out.
There’s a much brighter future for CI Games when it comes to its upcoming projects. It both has Enemy Front and Lords of the Fallen in the works.
Enemy Front offers a first-person World War II experience with an open design. It will release for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC on June 10, 2014 in North America and three days later for Europe.
With Lords of the Fallen, CI Games has a high-profile roleplaying game (RPG) that already is leading to links with the Dark Souls series. It’s coming later this year for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
For these last two titles, CI Games has signed a distribution agreement with Square Enix, to get the projects to the UK, Ireland and France.