Slime Rancher 2 just launched into Early Access today and has already racked up nearly 1,000 “overwhelmingly positive” Steam reviews and surpassed the studio’s previous sales day record.
Monomi Park CEO and Slime Rancher series director Nick Popovich told GamesRadar+ earlier this year that the sequel “feels like Slime Rancher, only smoother, wider, richer in detail, and with lots of tweaks and changes in quality of life. and it looks like new and veteran fans alike are enjoying the back end of the result.
Steam Reviews Section (opens in a new tab) is “overwhelmingly positive” overall, and there are 896 reviews that fall into that category at the time of writing. For a casual indie game on its first day of Early Access, that’s a staggering amount of positivity in user reviews. Popovich also carried Twitter (opens in a new tab) to announce that Slime Rancher 2 had surpassed the studio’s previous best-selling day “by a literal order of magnitude”.
I reached out to Popovich to congratulate him and Monomi Park on the successful launch of the sequel, and we were told that everyone at the studio was “totally blown away” by the reaction. He also revealed to me that his “pie in the sky” dream for the game’s first day sales was surpassed in just a few hours.
“The level of support we have received from our community and partners is beyond anything we could have imagined,” Popovich said. “I had kind of a crazy dream in my head for the release that maybe we could sell 100,000 copies in the first 24 hours and we’ve outshone it in less than 6 hours, with overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam on top of everything (something we’ve appreciated personally about the original for years).
We’ve loved seeing players explore the prismatic world we’ve created, and especially all the reactions people have shared about their kids seeing the game for the first time. So if I can say one thing, it would be a huge thank you to everyone who started their adventures on Rainbow Island and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for this world in all the updates I want to follow.”
Slime Rancher 2 is out now for PC and Xbox Series X/S. It is also available on Game Pass.
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