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Quoteworthy - Maxis on PC Gaming

"Our engine is definitely portable, it could be operated on many platforms, but that's where our market is," EA Maxis lead producer Kip Katsarelis tells GamesIndustry International speaking about PC gaming. "We're still seeing the PC market is not dead, it's very much alive. Blizzard's shown quite a bit of success with their recent Diablo launch, The Sims is highly successful, so there's a market there, we've got an audience there that wants games on that platform, and we are still a PC house and will continue to be so."

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26. Re: Quoteworthy - Maxis on PC Gaming Aug 30, 2012, 19:14 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Aug 30, 2012, 19:09:
Beamer wrote on Aug 30, 2012, 10:02:
Slashman wrote on Aug 30, 2012, 08:49:
Jerykk wrote on Aug 30, 2012, 02:57:
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 30, 2012, 02:50:
PHJF wrote on Aug 30, 2012, 01:07:
Except Skyrim isn't a PC exclusive?

People have estimated the PC version has outsold both consoles combined.

That's fairly unlikely but I wouldn't be surprised if it at least outsold the PS3 version. I do wonder why Bethesda hasn't released any platform-specific sales figures yet. Maybe their DLC exclusivity contract with MS prohibits them from announcing sales figures if the Xbox version isn't the top-seller. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised at all if such a clause existed. That's how MS rolls.

Why is that unlikely? Skyrim hasn't left the top 20 Steam charts since it launched last November. Console sales for a game peter out very quickly. While they may not have outsold both platforms combined(and I am not sure they haven't), they probably outsold each console by a large margin.

You both overestimate Steam sales and underestimate Xbox 360 sales.

So why don't you enlighten us as to the actual sales numbers. Since I'm sure whatever you pull out of your ass is valid...

I didn't claim to have them. You're the one with this "large margin" stuff based upon being high on the Steam charts. But it was reported that it sold 3.5MM 360 versions in 48 hours, and the first 360 shipment was 7MM. Source.

Still think there's some "large margin." Use some common sense: it was the biggest Xbox game of the last 12 months. Do you really, genuinely believe the biggest hit on the 360 was outsold by the PC version? There's no way any PC game is selling as high as the biggest 360 game. Now, are total PC sales above total Xbox sales? Maybe. But the highest star on the 360 is definitely shining brighter than the highest star on the PC, if only because more people have 360s than have decent graphics cards.
 
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