My figures were not accurate, as a matter of fact the development cost of DS is way cheaper than that. The cost is around $500,000
Year: Cost in Yen (Titles Counted) - Cost in USD
2005: ￥39,800,000 (48) - $337,288
2006: ￥35,800,000 (94) - $303,389
2007: ￥47,600,000 (154) - $403,389
The exchange rate between 2005 and 2007 was around 118
These days the rate is a bit low, around 90, which causes the cost to go up to around $530,000 http://www.vgchartz.com/forum/thread.php?id=49220
I dont understand japanese, so I would like to ask: What are those "development costs"? Does that include only the costs from the productive departament? Or the costs from the entire company (accounting, investor's share)? Or total costs (taxes, distribuiontion costs, sales commission, etc)?
I seriously doubt that a mid popularity game, let alone any legal activity, would be that profitable. I think there are other costs. If I use your data, income = $7.2 millions, cost = $530,000, there would be more than 1000% profit in 2 years. That's impossible, there must be something we are missing.
i get the feeling we're gonna lose either way, we want this game to be a success so that they'll make a suikoden game like the old ones, but if this game is a success they'll make another game similar to this one, because it did well, prehaps its time to close the book on the old world and embrace the tierkries world
Then it would be best for the game not to do bad, but not to do good either. A mid between the two would be best.