Bad news for anyone with fond memories of Spec Ops: The Line, as it appears there’s no sequel coming for the third-person shooter. It received mostly positive reviews by critics and quite a few people enjoyed the plot, but according to the developer, the market for shooters is tough to crack.
During a recent chat with Gamestar, Timo Ullman, the Managing Director at Yager Development, had this to say about falling short of the retail success only a few other shooters achieve.
If you can’t compete with the big ones [military shooter franchises], the risk is too big. The market for ‘smart’ or ‘intellectual’ games is too niche. Elitist, almost.
While it’s surely a bummer for fans, Yager have moved on and are now working on Dead Island 2, so at the very least we can be happy this didn’t lead to the closing of another studio.