From what we've heard, original internal sales estimates for Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain were only a few hundred thousand.
But thanks to plenty of critical acclaim and excellent word-of-mouth, the innovative, compelling drama went on to sell well over 1 million copies. At last check, it was around 1.5 million; now, according to studio co-founder Guillame de Fondaumiere, the game has surpassed 2 million units.
On the downside, he also told GamesIndustry.biz that his company has lost a whole lot of money due to pre-owned sales. He says that based on information gleaned from the Trophy system, the total sales number is actually closer to 3 million, but of course, Quantic Dream never sees a dime from those secondhand sales. Despite this news, most gamers will just scoff and say the company made plenty and they have every right to save a few bucks.
There's always two sides to every issue, though. And we're not about to get involved.
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain