Sleeping Dogs is a fantastic game. If you aren’t of that mindset, then you do not understand what makes video games good. Regardless of its luster, however, it’s been said that the game’s sales have been off to a disappointing start here in North America. Today, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada took time to refute this notion by stating it’s not that the game isn’t selling well, it’s that sales expectations were a teensy bit too high.
“At the announcement of forecast revisions last week, we talked about Sleeping Dogs (SD) as an example of a Western title that started out slow, which seemed to provoke misunderstandings that it was suffering poor sales.” Wada mentioned at a financial results meeting. He went on, “Let me clarify that SD is an exceptionally remarkable title that came with very high expectations and aggressive sales targets for the First Six-Month Period. Our goal might have been exceedingly high, which is what we see here in the difference in actual versus forecast sales.”
He didn’t stop there, though, boldly claiming, “I am confident that SD would grow to be one of our ten strong IPs, and I am very optimistic for great results in lifetime sales.”
The guy might be onto something here. Whether or not Sleeping Dogs goes on to be a successful franchise is entirely contingent upon its long term sales, at least here in North America where long term sales decide a game’s fate. So, don’t rule out the possibility of a Sleeping Dogs sequel just yet!