Second hand sales caused by recession.
Quantic Dream has lost €10 million due to second hand sales of Heavy Rain, according to CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, he explained that second hand sales were due to the recent recession.
"I would say that the impact that the recession had, especially on AAA games on console, was the rise of second hand gaming. And I think this is one of the number one problems right now in the industry.
"I can take just one example of Heavy Rain – we basically sold to date approximately two million units, we know from the trophy system that probably more than three million people bought this game and played it.
"On my small level it's a million people playing my game without giving me one cent. And my calculation is, as Quantic Dream, I lost between €5 and €10 million worth of royalties because of second hand gaming."
So far Heavy Rain has sold 2 million units.
It is thought Quantic Dream's next game will be Infraworld, based on a trademark filed by Sony Computer Entertainment.