Survival games mean more than just zombies. Yes, zombies are very “now” and has an instant follower base that is an immediate market, but survival games need to connect with the player. Survival games can range from a simple scout and swim on an island to the complex, more entertaining zombie and virus threatening death to apocalyptic dictionary of disasters. The way that gamers and non-gamers evaluate a game is how engaging it is to them, the type of action they are getting and how unique it is from other games.
Check out this infographic that goes trough the Survival Video Game Industry. Have you ever wonder how profitable is it to develop a Survival Video Game?
Video Games Industry
Marketing and Monetization of Video Games
The US generated $23.6 billion in video game revenues in 2016.
There are more than 150 million gamers in the US: 41$ female and 59% male.
Chine is the largest country by game revenue with over $26 billion in 2016.
Japan has created the most lucrative titles ever made: Mario Bross, Final Fantasy, Pacman and Resident Evil, to name a few.
The University of Southen California offers the best degree programs in Game Design Development. It costs $70k+ per year
The UK industry is the 3rd largest in the World in terms of developer success and sales of hardware and software.
How Profitable is it to develop a Survival Video Game?
We’re going to look closer at a few examples to find it out.
The business behind Umbrella’s Corporation: The entire franchise is worth over $6 billion. The various titles from CAPCOM have sold over 46 million titles.
Resident Evil 5 is the 3rd Best Selling CAPCOM game ever with over 8 million copies sold.
This translates into a revenue of over $803 million.
The Last of Us
BAFTA winner: BEST GAME OVERALL
Over 6M copies sold. The 1oth best-seling game of 2013 and the 3rd best-selling PS3 game of all time.
It generated $3.8M within 48 hours of its release and 1.3M units were sold after 7 days.
The biggest launch of an original game in 2 years (2013)
FallOut 4 established a concurrent play record on stream with over 470k PC gamers playing at once.
Digital sales were also strong $100M across Valve’s Steam platform, Sony and Microsoft’s digital stores.
The game was one of the most preordered titles of 2015.
What Makes a Great Survival Video Game?
The game has done a great job of turning it into a mainstream game franchise that most people, including nongamers, would recognize.
Its popularity seems to come from an odd blend of narrative and action.
Its popularity among livestreamers on Twitch and YouTube has further accelerated its momentum.
And remember: Survival is more than just zombies…! Be sure to keep your stun gun close by!