Josef Fares’ co-op adventure game It Takes Two was not only a success but also a significant source of financing for the company.
Hazelight Studios has revealed that five million copies of It Takes Two have been sold. Considering that the game comes with a Friend’s Pass that allows owners to play with a friend even if they don’t own it, and the fact that it’s also currently available to subscribers to EA Play or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, it is more likely that many other people have experienced the game.
It Takes Two was released in March 2020 and became an instant hit. As the highly anticipated sequel to director Josef Fares’ previous titles Brothers and A Way Out, the game offers players one of the best co-op experiences in recent times. In fact, the game is not playable in single-player mode: the only way is to play split-screen or online co-op with a friend. The story follows a couple who are about to get a divorce until they are turned into dolls, they must work together to survive and return to their daughter. In other words, it may have been worth it, but Hazelight has made it an impactful story about communication and human connection, something new appropriate in this day and age.
It was an instant critical success, and while Fares’ previous titles were also appreciated, It Takes Two took it to the next level. It has led several Game of the Year awards, including Game Rant’s own top 10 titles for 2021 and The Game Awards.
While Hazelight Studios announced that It Takes Two had sold over a million copies in just one month of its release, it only became more popular after its sales pitch and year-end awards list. mentioned earlier. A winter sale on Steam that halved the price of the game helped more gamers decide to pick it up, culminating in a new personal record number of players for It Takes Two earlier this year.
As for what’s next, Hazelight Studios has announced that they’re looking to turn It Takes Two into a movie and a TV series with the help of the screenwriters behind Sonic the Hedgehog. The studio is also working on an unannounced follow-up project, one that director Fares promises will disappoint. It will be interesting to see if that’s another co-op title and where the genre will come from.
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