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Alien: Isolation Passes 2.1 Million Copies Sold

Sega has just released its annual fiscal report, revealing that Alien: Isolation has surpassed 2.1 million copies sold; essentially doubling its sales since hitting the 1 million mark reported back in January. GameInformer is one of the outlets that have been reporting on Sega’s numbers, and it seems the company’s earnings have been kind of a mixed bag:

“In addition to its flagging financial performance, Sega released shipment numbers for some of its titles from last year. The company has sold 2.11 million copies of Alien: Isolation to retail. 

The combined shipment numbers for the Wii U and 3DS Sonic Boom titles are 620,000. Sega attributes problems to a softening in the market and transition to mobile gaming. “Performance in the field was weak due to the harsh market environment,” the company writes.

Sega shipped 12.3 million boxed games, with 5.2 million going to Europe, 4.95 million to North America, and 2.14 million to Japan. Conversely, the company says that digital sales for mobile phones, smartphones, and PCs were strong.

Sega is in the process of reconfiguring its business to focus on those areas it deems of greater potential: smartphones and PC. The company is moving from its long-time home in San Francisco and has laid off a number of staff as it prepares to move to southern California.

With the ongoing changes happening internally, Sega will not have its own booth at E3 this year. Instead, the company tells us that it will partner up to show some of its titles at other booths.”

AI Screen Alien: Isolation Passes 2.1 Million Copies Sold

Some gaming news websites are reporting that Sega is disappointed with the overall sales numbers for Alien: Isolation and its other high-profile software, however, Alien: Isolation is still the best selling Alien game that Sega has published.

Although the company seems to be in the process of restructuring, with a renewed focus on mobile and PC gaming, Sega is likely to continue publishing core games for its international market on both consoles and PC.

Regardless of their apparent disappointment, 2.11 million copies is pretty solid for a survival-horror title, and Creative Assembly seems quite willing to pursue a sequel. Considering the high number of accolades Alien: Isolation has collected, we probably need not worry about Sega abandoning its Alien license.



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  1. Engineer
    I did NOT know Mac mcdonald was in isolation though. Do you know if they used his likeness too? I want to test myself, and see if I can figure out who he is... Lol

    He's just listed under additional voices in the credits, so I don't think he plays anyone specific. I tried to keep an eye/ear open for him last time I played, but then I forgot because I was too busy being scared :P
    Lol. Understandable. Now I'm going to be listening out for him, too!

    I just saw on my Xbox dashboard alien isolation is on sale for 60% off... Maybe that'll boost overall sales?!? (But maybe not profitability)...
  2. HuDaFuK
    I did NOT know Mac mcdonald was in isolation though. Do you know if they used his likeness too? I want to test myself, and see if I can figure out who he is... Lol

    He's just listed under additional voices in the credits, so I don't think he plays anyone specific. I tried to keep an eye/ear open for him last time I played, but then I forgot because I was too busy being scared :P
  3. Engineer
    At the risk of sounding like a hypocrit, in my opinion William hope did fine! Lol, jk

    Yea, I knew William hope had work on at least one other AvP game, but isolation surprised me more because they also used his likeness!

    I did NOT know Mac mcdonald was in isolation though. Do you know if they used his likeness too? I want to test myself, and see if I can figure out who he is... Lol
  4. Corporal Hicks
    PS. While on the topic of voice acting, I know he's not part of the original 'alien cast,' but the voice acting for Waits was really good! (Same guy who played as Gorman, in 'aliens,' in case you didn't know; by the way, I'm really bad with actors' real names... Lol).

    Yeah, William Hope's done a ton of Alien games. He's even provided vocal effects for the Predator in some of the AVP games.

    I can only think of AvP 2010 and A:I. Am I missing some?
  5. HuDaFuK
    PS. While on the topic of voice acting, I know he's not part of the original 'alien cast,' but the voice acting for Waits was really good! (Same guy who played as Gorman, in 'aliens,' in case you didn't know; by the way, I'm really bad with actors' real names... Lol).

    Yeah, William Hope's done a ton of Alien games. He's even provided vocal effects for the Predator in some of the AVP games.

    Also in Isolation somewhere is Mac McDonald, who played Simpson, the Hadley's Hope administrator in the SE of Aliens.
  6. CelticPred97
    Engineer -
    I made one comparison to 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' and others argued about that game over 'Alien: Isolation'. I didn't intend for that to become central. Clearly others hate 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' more than they love 'Alien: Isolation'.

    "Like I said, you're entitled to your opinion, but you can't say the voice acting in A:I is weak and in the same argument compare it to A:CM's voice acting and still sound credible."

    - I didn't bring up the voice acting. You brought up the voice acting of 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' earlier in the discussion and I said in my next comment that I thought it was fine. Then later in the conversation I wrote my opinion on the 'Crew Expendable' DLC of 'Alien: Isolation', part of which involved its voice acting. Then user, Stemot said "You've just described Hick's voiceover work in Colonial Marines." and thus the topic came back to 'Aliens: Colonial Marines'. I'm the one defending it, but I'm not the one who keeps pulling 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' back into this.

    "Your opinion might be that A:CM is better, but ultimately an opinion doesn't make for a good argument."

    - And whenever I've said that I enjoy 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' more, I've not said that that is my argument for it. That is merely me stating my preference.

    Mr Clemens -
    Yeah I considered how they were in the film and I disagree with that view. There's no point in stating that any more though.
  7. PRI. HUDSON
    Look man, I didn't mean to come off sounding like a dick. Truth be told, I posted that reply before I had my morning coffee, and my daily caffeine withdrawals probably put me a little on the crankier side. I apologize if I offended you.

    I'm not calling you a troll; but if you're not careful, you may come off looking like one. Here's the big reason why: The thread is off topic, and you keep comparing A:I to A:CM. Like I said, you're entitled to your opinion, but you can't say the voice acting in A:I is weak and in the same argument compare it to A:CM's voice acting and still sound credible. If you're going to compare the quality of A:I to something, pick a better quality game not an inferior one. Unfortunately, there isn't a better game in the alien series to compare A:I to. Your opinion might be that A:CM is better, but ultimately an opinion doesn't make for a good argument.

    Soooo... How 'bout dem sales figures?! Not bad, eh?? Lol.

    PS. While on the topic of voice acting, I know he's not part of the original 'alien cast,' but the voice acting for Waits was really good! (Same guy who played as Gorman, in 'aliens,' in case you didn't know; by the way, I'm really bad with actors' real names... Lol).

    CelticPred is either a troll or that one lone reviewer who gave ACM a 9/10 days after release. SEGA totally paid that reviewer off. Had to be CelticPred.
  8. Mr. Clemens
    William Hope.  ;D

    Curiously, I thought his performance was the only weak one.

    I thought the film cast did a bang-on job. CelticPred, you didn't respond to my mention of their voices in the film itself. You may recall they sounded bored and tired there, too. It was part of the style.

    And aging aside, stage/film acting and voice acting are vastly different processes. But I'm not making excuses for anybody there, because the fact is, they all rocked and it was a joy to hear them again.  8)
  9. Engineer
    Look man, I didn't mean to come off sounding like a dick. Truth be told, I posted that reply before I had my morning coffee, and my daily caffeine withdrawals probably put me a little on the crankier side. I apologize if I offended you.

    I'm not calling you a troll; but if you're not careful, you may come off looking like one. Here's the big reason why: The thread is off topic, and you keep comparing A:I to A:CM. Like I said, you're entitled to your opinion, but you can't say the voice acting in A:I is weak and in the same argument compare it to A:CM's voice acting and still sound credible. If you're going to compare the quality of A:I to something, pick a better quality game not an inferior one. Unfortunately, there isn't a better game in the alien series to compare A:I to. Your opinion might be that A:CM is better, but ultimately an opinion doesn't make for a good argument.

    Soooo... How 'bout dem sales figures?! Not bad, eh?? Lol.

    PS. While on the topic of voice acting, I know he's not part of the original 'alien cast,' but the voice acting for Waits was really good! (Same guy who played as Gorman, in 'aliens,' in case you didn't know; by the way, I'm really bad with actors' real names... Lol).
  10. CelticPred97
    Engineer -
    "I'm sorry man, but when you say a troll wouldn't have been as logical, I laughed. You have not been very logical up to this point. Yes, you are entitled to your opinion, but the most illogical thing you've done so far is pick an Internet squabble (or debate, depending on who you ask) about A:CM on a forum which is supposed to be about A:I and its sales. Sure, A:CM has come up prior on this forum, but it's never been the focus until you brought it up. That's the kind of thing trolls do! Just sayin."

    - Ok, firstly, clearly you don't know what I mean by logical. I can't be bothered to go into it but the point is that trolls are really easy to spot (I find, at least), and I'm clearly not acting like a troll.
    Also, I didn't pick a fight. I stated an opinion. I didn't expect anyone to reply to it. My post was about 'Alien: Isolation' and what I dislike about it. I just brought up 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' as a comparison.

    "And A:I didn't turn out good "in theory," it turned out great which is a fact supported by sales, popular opinion, and merits..."

    - I'm talking about having the cast of 'Alien'. As in, it sounds like a great idea in theory, but it didn't turn out so well. I'm not talking about the game overall.

    "It was a theory before release; now it's a bonfide success because the majority says so. Your opinion being to the contrary doesn't negate the fact that A:I is indeed much more successful than A:CM."

    - Again I'm talking about the voices of the cast of 'Alien'. But even if I were talking about the whole game, I'm stating my opinion. I'm not saying it isn't successful. Evidently people love the game. I'm explaining my personal opinion though.

    "Do better research"

    - Okay, I said "I don't know if..." I didn't say, he isn't. Thanks for the link but you don't need to be a dick about it.

    "And about prometheus. Not my favorite film. But that doesn't mean it can't still do the alien franchise justice."

    - It turns 'Alien' into 'Science Experiment'/'Bio-Weapon'. That to me takes away virtually all fear. As far as I'm concerned, the alien is its own species.
    As its own film, 'Prometheus' is decent. It's visually really good. The sets are great, the CGI's good. The practical effects are good. The story itself is a complete mess. But it's watchable for its visuals. So as its own film I don't hate it. But in reference to the 'Alien' franchise, I do.

    With 'Prometheus 2', obviously it's not going to happen, but I'd like it if a lot of that story were explained. Lots of things happen that should have explanations but don't. So leaving it will potentially make a better second movie. But I'd prefer it if I thought more of the first.
  11. Engineer
    How's this one?

    "The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it.

    The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!"
    -Brian Cox, the astronomer
  12. Jarac
    Spot on Engineer! Even if A:I isn't your style of game, it SUCCEEDED IN WHAT IT SET OUT TO DO and is PRAISED because of it. You cannot say this for A:CM, which was a clusterf**k and something not even Shitbox wants to acknowledge exists! A:I helped pull this franchise from the brink after A:CM tried its damned hardest to put it in the ground and piss on the grave! It showed that the Alien could be scary again, and that a lot of people still care for this franchise. It was what this franchise NEEDED and DESERVED.
  13. Engineer
    I'm sorry man, but when you say a troll wouldn't have been as logical, I laughed. You have not been very logical up to this point. Yes, you are entitled to your opinion, but the most illogical thing you've done so far is pick an Internet squabble (or debate, depending on who you ask) about A:CM on a forum which is supposed to be about A:I and its sales. Sure, A:CM has come up prior on this forum, but it's never been the focus until you brought it up. That's the kind of thing trolls do! Just sayin.

    And A:I didn't turn out good "in theory," it turned out great which is a fact supported by sales, popular opinion, and merits. Again you are entitled to your opinion, But as part of the minority, it really does make you sound illogical and more troll-ish when you say things like "Just because what they did seems good in theory, doesn't mean it turned out as such." It was a theory before release; now it's a bonfide success because the majority says so. Your opinion being to the contrary doesn't negate the fact that A:I is indeed much more successful than A:CM.

    Do better research: Ridley Scott is producing alien 5. http://deadline.com/2015/02/alien-neil-blomkamp-directing-fox-movie-1201376439/

    And about prometheus. Not my favorite film. But that doesn't mean it can't still do the alien franchise justice. Prometheus has always been about something new and different than the alien. Ridley was trying to distance himself from alien with the first movie because the alien had become more of a "Disney character" meaning he didn't think it was scary anymore. This time, however, maybe prometheus will be a much better film (time will tell) because Ridley is not making it about "gods and dragons and shit." It will indeed have a new species, but it's going to be more alien-esque in general (or, more alien-like/inspired than prometheus was originally). I never said it was going to be about an 'alien,' or have an 'alien' in it, but if Ridley IS making a prometheus 2, I would prefer if it was something more along the lines of what 'alien' was, rather than what the first prometheus was, which is exactly what Ridely is doing!!
    http://www.cinemablend.com/m/new/Prometheus-2-Contain-An-Entirely-Species-Alien-68304.html
  14. CelticPred97
    Mr. Clemens -
    "I just don't get what you even want here, man. Who could have even dreamed that they'd be able to assemble five of the original castmembers, and that you'd be able to play with/as the original crew? And you're complaining that they sound older? Tired? I'm not sure if you remember the film, but they weren't all exactly 'Dan Castellaneta' in that, either."

    - Just because what they did seems good in theory, doesn't mean it turned out as such. Whether it's good in theory or not, the voices weren't so great, in my opinion. And I did state "Obviously the actors are older now", so obviously I am aware of that. That doesn't change the fact that it was off-putting when playing.

    "And since Engineer pointed out how great Sigourney's performance was, you've backtracked on that."

    - No, not at all. One performance was very good, yes, and I've agreed with that. I'm talking about the others.

    "Pretty sure you're just trollin' at this point."

    - You can think what you want. Although it would be more logical to assume that it's possible that some people don't agree with you.

    Engineer -
    "I don't know, maybe you are just trolling, or maybe survival-horror just isn't your type of game."

    - A troll wouldn't have put this much time into this and wouldn't have been as logical (both sides are logical).
    Secondly, survival horror isn't really my type of game, but neither is first-person shooter. When a game is 'Alien' or 'Predator' related though, I can enjoy it very much.

    "The vast majority agrees that A:I was a far superior game in every aspect; the sales show A:I was a bigger hit; creative assembly isn't in court for false advertising, and are instead looking to make a sequel; sigorney and Ridley Scott both praised the game and it seems they are genuinely excited about the alien franchise again; and the game received dozens of accolades and awards (runner up or nominee for dozens more, but I don't think A:CM was ever considered for an award); and ultimately, I haven't seen anybody ripping apart the story for having huge continuity errors/plot holes the way A:CM was. So I really don't understand where the support for A:CM is coming from at all."

    - I can't explain why I enjoy 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' any more than I have.
    As for success, that just shows how popular something is. So obviously it does something right to please many people. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have issues that others query.

    Ridley Scott, I've lost virtually all respect for due to 'Prometheus'. He didn't write it so I give him some credit, but obviously he was very involved.

    Relevantly,
    "Ridley Scott (...involved in alien 5; Ridley as a producer, right?). I vaguely remember hearing that Ridleys 'prometheus 2' will be much more alien-esque than he was willing to go with 'Prometheus' because he realizes now that the alien can still be scary as hell!"

    - I don't know if Ridley Scott is producing 'Alien 5'. I just checked his wikepedia and a couple of 'Alien 5' News sites but can't see anything on it.
    Secondly, 'Prometheus 2' will supposedly not including the Alien but will have new species (seems somewhat illogical to me given the ending of 'Prometheus' but there you go). The less connected the franchises are the better though.
  15. Engineer
    Ya know, now that I'm thinking about it, in my opinion A:I may just be the best thing to happen for the alien franchise since the first two films released, not just because of the game CA delivered, but because of all the excitement and inspiration it spurred in sigorney and Ridley Scott (both of whom are involved in alien 5; Ridley as a producer, right?). I vaguely remember hearing that Ridleys 'prometheus 2' will be much more alien-esque than he was willing to go with 'Prometheus' because he realizes now that the alien can still be scary as hell!

    Just out of curiosity, how many others agree with me? CelticPred, I think we all know your answer already, lol ;-)

    I really do hope CA will get to make a sequel. Guns-blazing or hide-n-seek (or a little of both) wouldn't matter to me. But I still want to see an A:I style game as newt before the marines arrive! I know a lot of people think that's a bad idea, but I still like it! :-)
  16. Engineer
    Great summary, Engineer; well put.

    And just a tiny footnote:

    I'm just happy the original cast was still alive to lend their voices over (except for Ash, he didn't return for some reason, if I recall correctly).

    Ian Holm is kind of notorious for not doing things like this. He even, in the words of Charles de Lauzirika, "politely declined" (through his agent) to be interviewed for the Anthology/Quadrilogy sets.
    Ian holm! That's his name!! Yes, I've heard that about him... It's kind of a shame really...
  17. Mr. Clemens
    Great summary, Engineer; well put.

    And just a tiny footnote:

    I'm just happy the original cast was still alive to lend their voices over (except for Ash, he didn't return for some reason, if I recall correctly).

    Ian Holm is kind of notorious for not doing things like this. He even, in the words of Charles de Lauzirika, "politely declined" (through his agent) to be interviewed for the Anthology/Quadrilogy sets.
  18. Engineer
    Seriously! How old was the original cast 35 YEARS PRIOR! I'm just happy the original cast was still alive to lend their voices over (except for Ash, he didn't return for some reason, if I recall correctly).

    Thanks Hicks, for finding the article about biehn for me! And with that article in mind, sigorney mentioned in an interview that she was excited about A:I, and had fun working on it and returning to the alien franchise for the first time since resurrection. Completely different experience than what Michael biehn described! I can't say this for certain, but I'm pretty sure A:I is a big part of why sigorney was interested in returning for alien 5. It was after A:I that she started talking about "finishing Ripley's story."

    I don't know, maybe you are just trolling, or maybe survival-horror just isn't your type of game. The vast majority agrees that A:I was a far superior game in every aspect; the sales show A:I was a bigger hit; creative assembly isn't in court for false advertising, and are instead looking to make a sequel; sigorney and Ridley Scott both praised the game and it seems they are genuinely excited about the alien franchise again; and the game received dozens of accolades and awards (runner up or nominee for dozens more, but I don't think A:CM was ever considered for an award); and ultimately, I haven't seen anybody ripping apart the story for having huge continuity errors/plot holes the way A:CM was. So I really don't understand where the support for A:CM is coming from at all...
  19. Mr. Clemens
    SIgourney Weaver was good in 'Alien: Isolation', yes, but the others, definitely not, I found.

    I just don't get what you even want here, man. Who could have even dreamed that they'd be able to assemble five of the original castmembers, and that you'd be able to play with/as the original crew? And you're complaining that they sound older? Tired? I'm not sure if you remember the film, but they weren't all exactly 'Dan Castellaneta' in that, either. And since Engineer pointed out how great Sigourney's performance was, you've backtracked on that.

    Pretty sure you're just trollin' at this point.
  20. HuDaFuK
    They were fine. At any rate they were leagues better than Biehn's performance in ACM.

    The only possible exception was Harry Dean Stanton, who sounded about ready to keel over. But then he is 88, so I'll let him off.
  21. Corporal Hicks
    Quote
    “The only other gaming experience that I had was I did a voice [Corporal Hicks] in the Aliens game that they made [Aliens: Colonial Marines],” Biehn says. “That wasn’t fun at all. I just didn’t really have any fun."

    “It seemed kind of passionless. I think in movies, television, and the gaming world, you get some people that are really, really passionate, and some people that are just going through the paces. They think that because they have a brand name they’re going to get a hit game or hit movie out of it. That certainly was the situation on [Aliens: Colonial Marines].”

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/07/25/the-80s-strike-back-the-complete-story-behind-blood-dragon.aspx?PostPageIndex=2

  22. HuDaFuK
    Stemot - Nah, that's decent. It doesn't look particularly like him, but the voice is fine.

    Are you kidding? Biehn's voice acting is some of the worst I've ever heard in a game. He sounds like he couldn't care less (which is actually fair enough, I'd feel exactly the same in his position). His performance is just lifeless dross.

    As Engineer pointed out, the man himself has said he did a half-assed job of it.
  23. Engineer
    Stemot - Nah, that's decent. It doesn't look particularly like him, but the voice is fine.
    I beg to differ... I remember reading a while back that Michael beihn himself admitted his voice acting lacked passion in part due to gearbox's lack of direction/passion. I just hope Michael beihn's performance was really a reflection of gearbox's shortcomings, and not his own. Otherwise, if he really is coming back for alien 5 it might be a disappointment on that front alone...

    PS. Sigorney's voice acting in A:I during the main campaign (as well as all the other original actors) sounded great to me in the nostromo logs, etc...
  24. Engineer
    Engineer - The 'Crew Expendable' DLC came with my copy of the game. I didn't like it really; I found it disappointing. Part of that is because the voices of the crew sounded really old, Lambert in particular. Obviously the actors are older now, but it sounded like they were tired and didn't really care. What's your opinion on it, if you've played it?
    I have all the dlc, including crew expendable and last survivor. But truth be told, I haven't played them yet. I've been holding out until I beat the main campaign. Yes, that's right, I haven't beat the game yet! Lol. I played religiously up until Christmas, then I got Destiny. I haven't made my way back to alien yet to complete it (I'm on mission 16), because every night I tell myself "no, I don't have the nerves to deal with it right now." Honestly, it's the only game I've played that scared me so much that I've decided not to play it despite how much I actually love the game! Lol. My game in progress though is on hard difficulty (I started before nightmare was available), and I have not killed a single human yet. I've also found every audio log, ID tag and nostromo log EXCEPT for one audio log (I missed it and can't just double back for it, I'll have to replay that particular mission), so I've been exploring pretty thoroughly too, which slows me down. When I do finally complete the game, I plan to replay without dying. Then I'll dive into the DLC...
  25. CelticPred97
    Engineer - The 'Crew Expendable' DLC came with my copy of the game. I didn't like it really; I found it disappointing. Part of that is because the voices of the crew sounded really old, Lambert in particular. Obviously the actors are older now, but it sounded like they were tired and didn't really care. What's your opinion on it, if you've played it?
  26. Engineer
    Xbox360 for me... But my understanding was that it was a cross-platform glitch. You should have seen it on the PS3 too. Without the various patches, weird things happen like inability to shoot through open doorways (bullets hit an invisible wall, but you can still walk through it). After one of the patches, they broke the game in the opposite direction and made the raven achievement impossible to get. Sloppy! I've heard a lot of interviews from people involved in the project (like Michael biehn) who said gearbox didn't appear to be as enthusiastic about making the game as randy pitchford made it appear in his ads. It's pretty obvious gearbox didn't care so much, when you consider the game literally barely worked and the patches were not very thorough either... They did the bare minimum needed and abandond the game. A:I worked almost flawlessly for me. Big difference in quality AND quality control.
  27. Engineer
    Well everyone's entitled to their opinion... But I have to ask, what the hell platform did you play A:CM on?!? I had glitches galore even with all the patches. The most annoying was the glitch that made the achievement/trophy for beating the raven under a certain time limit impossible to accomplish because they doubled its health! I had to clear my patches and play that part offline to get the achievement/trophy, and the glitches without those patches made playing it almost impossible just because the most random game-breaking s@$& would happen!!
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