SCi revenue to hit £70 million

British publisher says success of Just Cause, Lego Star Wars, Justice League is reason for profits spike; confirms more Just Cause, Hitman, Tomb Raider on the way.

Eidos' parent company, SCi Entertainment Group, has announced that its revenue in the first half of its financial year is expected to pass £70 million (approximately $138 million), a 40 percent increase over the same period last year.

New product releases accounted for 50 percent of revenues for the six-month period to December 31, 2006, with the multiplatform launch of Just Cause in September being the group's most successful new product in that period.

SCi said it expects Just Cause to sell more than 1 million copies before the end of this financial year. Because of the game's strong sales, Eidos said a sequel is in development--confirming rumors that sprang up just a month after the original's release.

Other top sellers included the original Lego Star Wars--first launched in April 2005--which continues to sell, tallying up more than 5.4 million copies sold. Eidos also expects Justice League Heroes to hit 1 million in sales before the year's end.

The company also released some details of its plans for 2007, among them Eidos' plan to launch its first Wii titles in Europe, which will include Bionicle Heroes, in Q2. New next-gen versions of Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Championship Manager, alongside new IP including Kane & Lynch and Crossfire, are also underway. Eidos will also be releasing Battlestations: Midway on the 360 and PC in February.

SCi will also be moving further into the casual-games market, with titles coming in 2007 including Diner Dash, Zendoku, and PC versions of "classic" casual games such as Luxor: Amun Rising, Jewel Quest, and Cubis 2.

The statement added that, as in previous years, the group expected the majority of revenue and product releases to come in the second half of the year.

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