The creative said he has more contacts on Twitter than units sold
The history of the independent scene, like that of the industry in general, accounts for successful moments and regrettable failures. Where the Water Tastes Like Wine was projected as one of the most interesting indie titles and worthy heir of the glory of Gone Home, however, after its launch last February, the title of Johnnemann Nordhagen did not get the desired response and today is considered a disaster in commercial terms.
A report from GamesIndustry talks about the hard commercial moment that lives Where the Water Tastes Like Wine and its creator, Johnnemann Nordhagen, who was the programmer of Gone Home, a game that debuted in 2013. According to the information, based on the story of Nordhagen , Although it was considered that Where the Water Tastes Like Wine had the necessary elements to stand out in the independent scene, the result was the opposite and more because he could not have a good performance in sales in the first, and very important, first weeks in the market. In this regard, Nordhagen mentioned: "commercially, it's a disaster, I can not talk about the real numbers, but regarding the first weeks I can say that I have more contacts on Twitter than players who have bought my game, and I do not really have many followers in the social network".
In quantitative terms and taking as a reference the declaration of Nordhagen, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine would have sold less than 4500 units, which, according to the creative, has resulted in not having earned a single dollar for the sale of its title and it will be difficult to recover the investment made, which includes, for example, expenses for collaborations for $ 140,000 USD.
At the same time, the creative considered that currently the situation is not so encouraging for the indie scene and some AAA games, as it used to be a few years ago: "this is a very, very hard time for indie games and maybe some AAA When I started with this game, it was cool to have done Gone Home, which was well received and, in 2014, doing something like that was considered a good creative and financial risk 4 years later, making a commercial game sounds like a bad idea and taking the risk of doing something experimental like Where the Water Tastes Like Wine sounds scary. "
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a narrative adventure that takes place in different rural areas of the United States, the focus is on the stories of the people you meet, in which you will find information or data that will help you to interact with more people and progress. The style of the game presents a 3D world with detailed 2D animations. Currently, the game is available on Steam and is priced at $ 180 MXN.
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