The CEO of Immortals of Aveum developer Ascendant Studios believes the sport’s struggles and mass layoffs had been “100%” a results of stiff competitors within the launch window.
Immortals of Aveum was launched on Aug. 22, 2023, shortly after Recreation of the Yr contender Baldur’s Gate 3 and simply earlier than Microsoft unique Starfield—in addition to just some days forward of Armored Core 6.
In the end, CEO Bret Robbins believes that these releases affected the success of the sport and, after poor gross sales, resulted within the layoff of 45 p.c of the corporate’s workers—one thing Robbins stated was unavoidable.
Chatting with Windows Central, as noticed by Eurogamer, Robbins defined that the discharge window of Immortals of Aveum couldn’t be delayed because of making “commitments to a specific doubt” and, whereas they knew it was a busy launch window, “nobody anticipated” Baldur’s Gate 3’s success.
Simply weeks after Immortals of Aveum was launched, nearly half of the workers at Ascendant Studios had been hit by layoffs. Robbins was “pressured” to make that call and admitted they “didn’t promote sufficient video games”.
Regardless of these points, Immortals of Aveum continues to be very a lot alive with the discharge of the Echolletor Replace on Nov. 17, offering a free trial of the sport, a brand new problem, a New Recreation+ mode, extra endgame content material, and extra.
Robbins additionally revealed that there are ongoing talks with Microsoft and Sony to doubtlessly convey Immortals of Aveum to Xbox Recreation Move and PlayStation Plus within the close to future and he’s “fairly positive it’s going to occur”.
Launching on these subscription companies might end in extra individuals making an attempt out the sport and would definitely encourage me to take action, as Immortals of Aveum flew proper underneath my radar in what was an especially packed interval for video games.
Nevertheless, whereas the developer can speak concerning the launch schedule leaving them drowning in a packed market, the very fact of the matter is Immortals of Aveum did not make a major impression, sitting at 69 on Metacritic.