Stardock has revealed that its sleeper PC hit Sins of a Solar Empire
has sold over half a million copies. The company's CEO Brad Wardell tells Gamasutra
that 400,000 units were sold at retail, while 100,000 in sales came from digital downloads. Not bad for a full-bodied PC strategy game that cost less than a million dollars to make.
Wardell is certainly becoming an interesting character
in the narrative of this industry, with relatively small publisher Stardock really stepping up
. He explains part of Sins
' success is that it was designed to run on a "four-year-old video card" and still look good. He says there might be a "piddly super-mega effect" that gets missed, but the result is more sales for the game, a strategy which sounds similar to Blizzard's take
on being a PC developer. Sins
' first mini-expansion, Entrenchment
, will be available for $10 later this year.
[Via Big Download