Zeboyd Games RPGs on Steam Surpass XBLA Sales in 5 Days

by Stefanie Fogel, posted on 19 July 2011 / 2,156 Views

Indie role-playing games Cthulhu Saves the World and Breath of Death VII have earned more revenue on Steam in less than a week than they have earned after more than a year and a half on the Xbox LIVE Indie Games platform, developer Zeboyd Games announced yesterday.

The two retro parody RPGs were released on July 13 as a double pack on Valve's digital distribution platform, which is currently on sale for $2.69.

In a recent interview with Ars Technica, Zeboyd's Robert Boyd claims that Breath of Death VII, which was released on XBL on April 22, 2010, sold roughly 50,000 copies for $1 each. Cthulhu Saves the World, which came out on December 30, 2010, sold around 16,000-17,000 at $3. At the time, Boyd expressed some disatisfaction with the commerical performance of the games.

"I think our games could sell a lot better than they did with a better platform and more visibility," he told Ars Technica. "The sales for Cthulhu Saves the World were particularly disappointing – we put a lot of heart and soul into the game over a significantly longer period of development time and yet that extra effort didn’t result in a similar increase in revenue."

The need for greater revenue is part of the reason Boyd says he decided to port his games onto the PC, and is calling their performance on Steam a "huge success."

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4 Comments

SONYisBP (on 20 July 2011)

I dont think many would know about Cthulu if it wasnt for that south park episode, after that episode alot of people are aware of it. Steam offeres more, and better games, not to mention the killer sales. About the last year and a half ive picked up over 60 titles from sales. xbla maybe 5 at most.


themanwithnoname (on 20 July 2011)

XBLA and Xbox Indie Games are not the same service.


lurkerwithnosoul (on 19 July 2011)

The indie store, the true definition of quality gaming. How can a game flop hard there? That's a god's secret for sure.


Xen (on 19 July 2011)

And they want to bring XBL to Windows... Good luck with that, MS. You're really gonna need it. I ought to check the games out myself!