I Expect You to Die (2016), the spy-themed puzzle game from Schell Games, was a big earner last year, achieving $1 million in revenue since its late-2016 until August 2017. Now a little over a year later, the studio reports they’ve recently closed in on the $3 million mark.
Developed specifically for VR, I Expect You To Die puts you in the shoes of a Bond-style secret agent who must escape deadly situations by solving puzzles that put you in direct danger, such as poison gas, bombs, and lasers. It’s a fun object-oriented game that really puts your critical thinking skills to the test while mortal danger looms over your head at every turn.
The combined figure was measured across all sales channels including Steam, the Oculus Store, the Playstation Store, and the Microsoft Store—offering support for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR, and Windows VR headsets.
I Expect You to Die holds a high user rating across all stores, and while it’s a competent and extremely fun puzzler, some of the game’s financial success might also be attributed to a well-handled successive roll-out on its respective platforms. The escape room-style puzzle game originally launched on the Oculus Store in late 2016, later expanding to PSVR in December 2016, making it a launch title for Oculus Touch and a close-to-launch title for PSVR. While support for HTC Vive via Steam followed in April 2017, and Windows VR headsets via the Windows Store in February 2018—both several months after the respective headset platforms—the word was invariably out that I Expect You to Die was clearly worth the $25 price tag.
“The team put a lot of heart and hard work into I Expect You To Die and the success we’ve achieved definitely shows our passion for this project,” says Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games. “With support from fans, gamers, and techies who have played I Expect You to Die, we’ve proved that virtual reality can become a mainstream platform and its future is looking incredibly bright.”
The only other VR game to publicly disclose that level of success is Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator (2016), which was revealed last year to have reached the $3 million mark.