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News  12, Mar 2014

Tomb Raider reboot sales number to reach 6 million units by end of March

Square Enix-published game to become highest-selling title in Tomb Raider franchise

The Square Enix-owned studio Crystal Dynamics had a reversal in fortunes last week as the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider reboot exceeded its initial sales expectations in 2014. This makes it the best-selling Tomb Raider title in the franchise.

In a blog post, Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher stated that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’s reboot would surpass six million units. This would make significant contributions to the company’s overall financial performance. Gallagher also credited their marketing team and the Tomb Raider community for being responsible in pushing the game forward to a larger audience.

The reason the game’s getting more traction than usual is due to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One re-releases of the game, titled as Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Strong next-generation console sales, particularly in North America, has helped to boost sales further.

Previously, Square Enix projected in 2013 that sales would be at least 5 to 6 million units, a sum that would raise eyebrows but apparently was still meant to be conservative. However, the game only sold 3.4 million copies, which caused its profit projections to drop drastically. Similarly, titles like Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution also failed to meet Square Enix’s aggressive projections.

Theon Leong

Theon Leong

Theon is a skeptic who believes in possibilities after learning that three thirds of a pie does not add up to one and that cats can be dead and alive at the same time. He writes about business and technology, and is particularly interested in deconstructing complex ideas into bite-sized chunks. His favorite novel is The Little Prince, and spends his free time on chess and video games.

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