Curve Digital released indie roguelike The Flame in the Flood on the Nintendo Switch yesterday, and the game has already "smashed" expectations, according to publishing director Simon Byron, beating Day One sales for all other platforms it’s been released on.
Byron also added on Twitter (see below) that the success of The Flame in the Flood has resulted in increased interest for its upcoming title Bomber Crew as well, which is now the publisher’s most wishlisted game prior to launch.
"It’s a real relief having our personal enthusiasm for the Switch being backed up with sales success," he told MCV. "It’s been incredibly frustrating only having anecdotal evidence about the buzz for Switch titles, so we’ve been genuinely desperate to get a game out there so we could get some hard data ourselves.
"There was a real buzz in the office this morning – [managing director] Jason [Perkins] was in before me, which is very rare indeed – and it was specifically due to the excitement of seeing figures. I had a number in my head which I would be very pleased with – and it was a third over that.
What a week: Flame in the Flood has absolutely smashed it on Switch and Bomber Crew is our most wishlisted game prior to launch ever.
— Simon Byron (@byronicman) October 13, 2017
"Indeed, it’s fair to say it’s had its best ever day on any console since we’ve been publishing it, beating any other format we have launched on. It’s done just under half of our first full month forecast in a day.
"There are always nerves around launching a new title – and particularly on a new format – but The Flame In The Flood is a perfect fit on Switch and we’re delighted it’s been received so well. Next up for us on Switch will be Serial Cleaner, with Human: Fall Flat following in December."
MCV spoke to developer The Molasses Flood earlier in the year about the creation of The Flame in the Flood and why it chose Kickstarter to help fund the game’s development. To see the game in action, check out the Switch launch trailer below: