If the steady flow of new games from the indie community on the Nintendo Switch has slowly transitioned now to that of expectation, perhaps one of the more surprising trends on the platform is how well said smaller studios are performing upon their games’ release. Curve Digital, the publisher behind The Flame in the Flood — which saw its release on the Switch yesterday — has already reported that first-day sales of the game have “smashed expectation”, selling around half the total amount on all previous platforms combined.
“It’s a real relief having our personal enthusiasm for the Switch being backed up with sales success,” Simon Bryon, publishing director for Curve Digital explained. “It’s been incredibly frustrating only having anecdotal evidence about the buzz for Switch titles, so we’ve been genuinely desperate to get a game out there so we could get some hard data ourselves.”
This isn’t the first time that an indie title has seen higher sales on the Switch or at the very least has exceeded expectation upon its launch on the platform. And with recently-released games such as SteamWorld Dig 2, Golf Story — not to mention the Switch versions of Stardew Valley and Axiom Verge –enjoying modest commercial success, be it games fully exclusive to the system or not, while the Switch does indeed lack the third party support of major/bigger developers and publishers alike (thus the console’s player-base potentially more apt to give smaller titles on the eShop a try), there’s no denying that support for the Switch, from both consumers and smaller developers alike, is very much present and active more so.