In a year that’s been drenched in top notch releases, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about Immortals of Aveum — the magic-based first-person shooter that launched back in August. The title was met with fairly middling reviews and there was talk of poor sales not long after. A shame, too, because despite some obvious flaws, the game was at least trying to do something relatively unique.
“Our business relies on selling games, and we didn’t sell enough games,” Ascendant Studios CEO Bret Robbins said in an interview with Windows Central. Robbins goes on to say that the developer wants to get Immortals of Aveum on subscription services like PS Plus and Game Pass. “We don’t have a date yet […] I’m pretty sure it’s going to happen,” he admits.
And this seems to have become a logical next step for a lot of underperforming titles. We’ve seen a number of live service projects hit PS Plus over the last couple of years, for example, along with divisive games such as the new Saints Row. There’s no doubt that these titles receive a boost in terms of engagement, although not all subscribers will feel like they’re getting their money’s worth when such games headline monthly updates.