I broke my back shoveling snow this morning
so I spent an hour to check the recent sales trends etc.
I discovered something that while before could have been a random coincidence, now I think it's actually a fact: sci-fi games sells shit
(pardon my french).
Let's see, starting from my old games, I compare the overall revenues (so including direct, Steam, mobile, bundles):
Bionic Heart = highest review rating on Steam of all my pure VN, and third game based on reviews (not something simple to achieve). Same artist and writer (me haha) as Heileen. Heileen sold almost DOUBLE than Bionic Heart!
Planet Stronghold = OK, it shows its age and limits. Still, I remember a while ago people on RPGcodex/RPGwatch were enthusiast about the combat/skill system. Does better than Bionic Heart, and of many other games (probably because I was in a Humble too) but if I compare it with Always Remember Me... sold worse!
Bionic Heart 2... let's not talk about it (funnily enough, got super positive reviews too, but took SIX MONTHS just to recover costs, one of my worst selling games of the last 4 years!).
Lastly PSCD, it's out not even a month, but so far sold half as Loren first month, and 1/3 of SOTW first month (SOTW in the first month sold better than Loren, then dropped fast). It's true that need still to wait for Steam (on mobile I don't think will do well) so I can't draw final conclusions about this one yet, but if I consider the quality of the game... hmm it should have done MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCH better
So, clearly sci-fi is a bad choice, at least for VN/story based games. Or maybe just for me, no clue why (and I even used different writers/artist! so...).
At this point I think after PS2 I'll be done with sci-fi, unless I want to do one just "for fun" because I got an interesting idea, but clearly I'm not going to put much efforts on it anymore.