Sadly it’s not all roses for SEGA who announced their Fiscal Year earnings today, and despite fair sales of their AAA survival, Alien: Isolation the company still reveals a loss.
SEGA announced recently that they were restructuring some of their offices and are setting sights on mobile and PC gaming from here on out and today’s financial results might be why they made that decision early on. Today the company unveiled that Alien: Isolation sold a total of 2.1 million copies, and while that doesn’t seem too bad, for a hearty AAA title, it’s not exactly the best. GamesIndustry also pointed out that some of these sales could also be at a discounted price.
In total, the company revealed that SEGA Sammy (the company’s full name) earned ¥355 billion ($2.96b) in revenue, which is overall down 6.1 per cent year-on-year. It also made a net loss of ¥11.3 billion ($94m), versus a profit of ¥30.7 billion last year which really isn’t fantastic. Probably the most frustrating part for SEGA is that they saw an increase in packaged games (40 per cent year-on-year), these are games which the company class as those that get more than a digital release.
Elsewhere, SEGA revealed that combined, Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric (Wii U) & Sonic Boom Shattered Crystal (3DS) sold only 620,000 copies, which is a pretty massive disappointment. They’re actually now considered the lowest selling Sonic titles in the game’s history. The company also revealed that Yakuza 0: Chikai no Basho which launched for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 in Japan, sold 380,000, and Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sold 280,000.
Following these results SEGA has revealed that in the next financial year, which ends in March 2016, the company will release 20 games outside of Japan but they’ll likely be digital releases only as they see the packaged market to have “softened,” despite the rising sales. SEGA will now focus on mobile games and digital games. They’ve also got the upcoming release of Total War: Warhammer which is set to span across multiple titles.