Once an underperformer, Tomb Raider nearing 6 million in sales

Square Enix boss Darrell Gallagher says milestone will be reached by the end of the month; game has now "exceeded profit expectations."

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Though Crystal Dynamics' March 2013 Tomb Raider reboot failed to reach its initial sales targets, that's no longer the case, Square Enix boss Darrell Gallagher said in a blog post on the game's website.

"By the end of this month we will surpass 6 million units for our Tomb Raider reboot, and, having achieved profitability back in 2013, Tomb Raider has exceeded profit expectations and continues to make significant contributions to our overall financial performance," Gallagher said.

3.4 million of Tomb Raider's 6 million sales came during its record-setting launch month alone. The bulk of a game's sales typically come in the first month, but strong sales in the months following seems to prove the franchise has legs. Some steep discounts and a re-release for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 couldn't have hurt, either.

A new Tomb Raider is currently in development for Xbox One and PS4, though details on this project have not been disclosed outside of the game being "well into development."

"We can't wait to continue our adventures with Lara in the sequel that is in development at Crystal Dynamics," Gallagher said. "We are also looking forward to building on the success and lessons learned from the reboot to continue redefining and setting new benchmarks for Tomb Raider in the years to come."

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Discussion

193 comments
VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Fantastic single player game.  Don't waste your time with the multiplayer - it's completely broken.  I don't think Eidos'/Square Enix's servers are up to much.

jark888
jark888

(Beware! contain spoiler!) It would be very nice to see flashbacks of the old Yamatai civilization. Ancient ruins often make me feel like seeing their prime time. At the end of the game, I'd rather see Himiko resurrected. It would be a much interesting twist to the plot. 

sigurnalozinka2
sigurnalozinka2

Tomb Raider (2013) is so good reinvention of the classic and Lara so good that it took time for people to see and understand that this is actually a game that cannot be compared to any other...

Bigfatlardygit
Bigfatlardygit

I LOVED this game so I'm delighted to hear it's doing well. I'm really excited to play it again following its PS+ inclusion and can't wait for the sequel.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

And? Still hasn't managed to capture the feel of the original, or rise above anything other than a more expensive Uncharted clone. The series lost it's way since the first tomb raider from Crystal dynamics -- actually, since angel of darkness -- and hasn't found its way back since. This is quickly becoming a franchise that either needs to find itself again or rest in peace. 

suture
suture

ppl where skeptical, and personally, i never liked tomb raider, since the very first one, always tough they were boring as hell and badly writen.

But this one, hands down, never tough i would actually buy a PC copy of tomb raider, it was on sale in steam, but still..
Never tough i would actually spend my money on a tomb raider game.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I wonder if they're counting all the free copies ps+ members got on the ps3. Definitely one of the best single player games ever made. Can't wait for the sequel and the fact that it's only a next gen game, none of this cross gen bullshit.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Bravo Lara. I'm glad to hear everything worked out well in the end.

Can't wait for the sequel.

Tzardok
Tzardok

Give me Legacy of Kain please.

luizferrarezzi
luizferrarezzi

but only the half of the game is interesting I think the writer lost the focus after some point.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Nice, now SE can officially not complain about Tomb Raider anymore until the next game. 

Vamper62
Vamper62

I'd like to remind people that Tomb Raider is the 5th most expensive game ever developed (around 100 million). That's basically the amount of money it took to develop Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto IV, so it kinda has to sell more than just 3 million to make a good enough profit.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

It was never an underperformer.. it was called incompetent Japanese suits with way too high expectations. 

Game sold 3.5 million and they deemed it a "failure".

Hurvl
Hurvl

That's great news. Now Square Enix won't have to raid tombs to get more money.

StinkB
StinkB

Good to hear, it was a great game.

roman4545
roman4545

Expect to see sooner or later a new headline of Thief for not performing well for profit.

roman4545
roman4545

perhaps this is why its a good idea to release across almost all platforms. Yes older gen has limitation but that does not matter if there is missing ingredient for older compare to a new next-gen.

meedokicky
meedokicky

I do want to play the prettier version, but there is nothing for me to do with it lol finished the story and found most of the items, except for a few.

never touched the multiplayer and not interested to.


oh well, looking forward to the next one :)

alb55
alb55

 how about still working on the game that has sold 6 mill ? a smart person would see money in that i hope

JtheGrind
JtheGrind

I purchased the digital version on my X1...

Sam_021
Sam_021

It was an amazing game and I never understood why they were not happy with the sale's figure! Next one should come with co-op, really didn't like the multiplayer :)

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

this is great news. the game industry is far outweighed by negative press such as games under performing and studios closing. tomb raider totally deserved its success and was one of the top 5 AAA games of 2013 without a doubt. really interested to play the definitive edition on ps4 one day.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Fun game.   I'm definitely down for another one, but *NOT* annual installments.  They need to just take their time with each one, like they clearly did with this one.  The quality shows throughout.


Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Just shows Square Enix has no idea what they're doing to suggest this game was a failure.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

The game never underperformed, because 3.4 million sales in the first month is not a failure.  Square Enix's sales expectations for this type of game were simply too high to begin with.  You can't expect it to sell in the same numbers as Call of Duty or GTA.

overlord_hh
overlord_hh

see u guys were crying for no reason all u needed to do is wait for a while.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

What happened to "Tomb Raider not meeting sales expectations" SE?

themc_7
themc_7

I'm still waiting for the a definitive edition to come into the $30-40 range. $60 is too much for a game I already played last gen.

jotalandia
jotalandia

A case for immediatism in business model now a days?

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

i just hope they dont make a game expecting 6 million sales. 2 million or 3 should be plenty good for a game not named grand theft auto

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

does this game involves little bit of exploration or is it a corridor shooter?

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

"Once an underperformer, Tomb Raider nearing 6 million in sales"

I dont think anyone including square enix thought it as underperformer. they were trying to blame it for losses they incurred because of new final fantasies, keeping them under good light.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

ONCE AN UNDERPERFORMER???? SERIOUSLY WTF? I hate the game industry lately... I doubt Square enix... NO way was it a 100 million, and they made more than that the first month of sales... bleh! 

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

The fact that Square came out at any point and claimed Tomb Raider 'underperformed' after having multi-million sales in the first month is unbelievable.

If you look at the previous articles from last year, you'll see that Tomb Raider sold 3.4 million in its launch month ALONE. Another Squenix game, Hitman: Absolution, barely topped that number after four months. Yet ANOTHER Squenix game, Sleeping Dogs, barely made HALF of that in seven months. And none of this is even accounting for digital sales. But Tomb Raider, your best selling game of the year, was the 'underperformer'? Get out of here.

hystavito
hystavito

@Vamper62  Wow, I would not have guessed it was the 5th most expensive ever.

streamline
streamline

They probably had high holiday sales expectations and fell short. I am not a Lc fan, but this is still good news.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@themc_7  I'd trade in my copies for a discount, even though I don't like the game.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@jsmoke03  Square Enix thinks they are Squaresoft and 2K combined but they don't understand that even back in the golden age, not that many people bought those games. They took years to reach their sales figures.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@vaibhavp  It's an open field shooter. There's exploration, and it's not entirely Uncharted, but it's pretty much open uncharted.

namitokiwa
namitokiwa

@vaibhavp  you should try, you will have fun. :D It contains some secret tombs just for changing a little bit in gameplay. :D

yearssomuch
yearssomuch

@vaibhavp A little bit of both. Try to imagine Uncharted on an open-world island, and that's pretty much what Tomb Raider is. But don't take that as me saying that Tomb Raider is a UC rip-off, because it's not. It's a very fun game.

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

@streamline It was released in March '13. Definitely did not have holiday sales expectations. But it's good to know that SE is finally happy w/ the sales numbers for TR. Loved it and can't want for the new one on my PS4.


Also Digital Sales aren't included for some reason.

Vodoo
Vodoo

It shows though. The game just reeks of quality. It's one of the best games I've EVER played in my 30yrs of gaming. I didn't want it to end. And even though I played it when it launched on the 360, it still looked gorgeous.