Alone in the Dark's reboot failed to meet expectations, says Embracer

by Danny Craig  · 
Alone in the Dark's reboot failed to meet expectations, says Embracer
THQ Nordic

Embracer Group has stated that Pieces Interactive's Alone in the Dark "performed below management expectations," less than a month after the developer's layoffs.

The details:

  • Embracer confirmed the release's "softer-than-expected performance" in its most recent financial report (via IGN). Despite featuring high-profile Hollywood talent as its dual protagonists, Jodie Comer and David Harbour, the game peaked at just 1,628 concurrent players when it launched in March and has since dropped below 100 players, according to SteamDB.

  • Developer Pieces Interactive went through a round of layoffs just over a month after its release, which impacted its QA team. Embracer has yet to comment on the cuts, and it's unclear how many employees were affected in total.

  • Embracer has struggled in recent years, following the collapse of a $2 billion deal with the Saudi-backed Savvy Games Group. This resulted in a restructuring program that included hundreds of layoffs, closures, and the sale of publishers Gearbox and Saber Interactive. The company recently announced that it will split into three separate entities to focus on individual goals, with current CEO Lars Wingefors intending to "remain a long-term, active, committed, and supportive owner of all three entities."

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