World War Z developer Saber Interactive has noted surprisingly high sales on the Epic Games Store. The title, which sold 250,000 copies, was praised for driving a “record weekend” for the platform.
WWZ had over one million players over its launch week, so Epic accounts for roughly a quarter of sales. Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch says his studio’s title did particularly well on the platform outside of the U.S.
“Overall the U.S. and EU have been equally strong in sales. We have had 70,000 people playing at once across all platforms, with very similar distribution among PC (Epic Games Store), PS4 and Xbox,” said Karch in a statement. “What surprises us is the fact that sales outside of the U.S. on the Epic Store have been so strong, with the U.S. being only one-quarter of sales.”
Despite somewhat mixed reviews at launch, the third-person co-op shooter overtook The Division 2 for the top spot on UK retail store charts. The game takes inspiration from the popular film and novel to create a player vs player vs Zombies experience.
The title was exclusive to the Epic Launcher on PC, and Karch credits it for its strong performance.
“On the PC specifically, we are performing way above expectations thanks to the support we have received from the Epic Games Store,” says Kerch.
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Metro Exodus saw a similar story under Epic. It outsold its Steam-launched predecessor by 2.5 times, despite the controversy surrounding its exclusivity. Though none of these statistics have a sufficient frame of reference, developers certainly seem pleased.
However, that’s not to say World War Z plans to stagnate. In the short term, Saber is planning stability improvements and a new special mission for the Tokyo episode. It has a longer-term goal to grow its community, offer bonus content, and make continual improvements.
On PC, the team is busy addressing launch crashes, friends list issues, and corrupted saves. On April 20, a patch improved Vulkan performance and stability, balanced bot AI, and buffed the Slasher perk.
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