Video game developer and publisher Stardock has announced that the recent release of Sins of a Solar Empire – Rebellion has been so successful that the company has decided to skip retail launches for its coming big titles and to evaluate whether it will create any new boxed packages in the future.
An official statement from the company says that the space-based real-time strategy game has managed to sell more than 100,000 units since it was launched in June, which is better than Stardock itself predicted.
Rebellion is also the fastest selling title for the publisher and even if it was only launched via digital distribution sources it has managed to easily outsell the original Sins of a Solar Empire
, which was also offered as a retail package, with only Steam copies taken into account.
The fact that Rebellion was delivered via Steam also increased its sales and its popularity, but the Valve driven sales did not cannibalize those linked to the GameStop digital distribution service, which started life as Stardock’s Impulse, or those coming from other sources.
The big coming releases from Stardock include The Political Machine 2012, a game which allows players to simulate the Presidential campaign that will take place in November in the United States, and the Fallen Enchantress expansion for Elemental.
For both of them the company will only use digital distribution and, depending on their success, the company might abandon retail for all other products.
The company says that digital distribution gives it much more freedom than the traditional model and allows the development teams to work on their projects until the last moment before the content is delivered to players.
Sins of a Solar Empire – Rebellion
is a deep strategy game which adds a lot to the traditional formula of the series, from complex diplomacy to the impressive Titans.