Indie darling Dear Esther managed 50,000 sales in launch week, developer thechineseroom has revealed.
“The game has been successful far beyond our expectations. This is great, as it shows that there’s a real audience for this type of work, and responses have been amazing,” thechineseroom’s Dan Pinchbeck wrote on the game’s blog.
“Not only have we received amazingly positive reviews, but the response from fans has been outstanding. Within one week of launch, we sold over 50,000 copies of the game, which is an extraordinary amount for an indie release.”
The indie title, a Half-life mod worked over for professional release, earned back its financial backing within six hours of release, and has received rave reviews.
Although Pinchbeck is collaborating with Frictional Games on Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, work on his atmospheric adventure continues with new translations, patches, and an OST release expected soon.
Dear Esther is available now on Steam.