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.

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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.

Discussion

49 comments
macaque12
macaque12

They could make a new Carmageddon, it would be AWESOME!!!

_NinjitsU_
_NinjitsU_

damm i got to say i like that kind of action: free-for-all-shoot-wath-ever-da-hell-you-want-when-ever-da-hell-you-like kind a action game

The1stFishBone
The1stFishBone

lego star wars is one of the best children's games in some time. Just cause, thanks for being off the ying yang.

themystichunter
themystichunter

I want another Justice League!! Fully next gen, i loved that game. I'm pining for a next-gen sequal.. or current gen? Which ever we call it now, I want Justice League on Xbox360!

Kcube
Kcube

Match 3 games are getting boring,Luxor was just a copy of Zuma not much else. Diner Dash on the other hand is pretty good,but like Luxor is just a rip off of an already successful title,Diner Dash is also plagued by copy cats flooding the market.

Ivoryblaze
Ivoryblaze

Loved Tomb Raider Legend and Just Cause on 360 can't wait for sequels!!

KuroriKenshin
KuroriKenshin

I tried Just Cause for the 360. Graphics were ok on it, and the stunt system was awesome. But the game was wayyyy too easy, the auto targeting made everything simplistic to incomprehensibility. I got it from Gamefly and damn glad I did, its not worth a buy. Don't waste your time on it. Justice League Heroes is next on my list.

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

Rock on Eidos! I'm so glad that SCi's bought out Eidos. You know how good the atmosphere of the old Tomb Raider games makes you feel when you play them?? Yeah, can you find that sort of feeling in any other game? Thank god they keep on making Hitman games virtually forever even though I haven't even played one of them, but I will. This series is a bit similar to the Jedi Knight series in that you know that you'll be enjoying them a lot! Also, I think that Crossfire is poised to be way better than its similar EA counterpart Army of Two, coz EA just can't make good AI, and especially since its lengthier development time looks like it should help in that case.

Jigen78
Jigen78

I love the fact that more Tomb Raider games are coming, but Eidos is slowly and unforgivably killing one of its greatest franchises. I would trade all the Hitmans, Just Causes and new IPs in the world for one more Legacy of Kain game. Please. Can we expect a knockout next-gen LoK game from Crystal D, or are you going to let this generation of hardware slip through your fingers?

holenjd
holenjd

I love Battlestations: Midway's demo. I can't wait for its release.

okassar
okassar

Good times good times,but one more lego star wars game is gonna kill the series.

christopherneal
christopherneal

No more Laura? You must be a child and you know not what you speak. This game was a hit before you were born...literally. I'm very excited about Next Gen where Lady Croft is concerned. :) Any woman who can work an M-16 and H&K MP-5 at once has my respect. ;) Semper Fi

HumanoMexicano
HumanoMexicano

It sold under what system? Well I hate hitman I got the game and gave it back. Here is hoping no more crap.

the_sharko
the_sharko

I've been aching for more Hitman.

Colsworl
Colsworl

Sweet, I loved Just Cause; can't wait for the sequel, on ps3 hopefully.

games_pot1
games_pot1

I never played any of those games but I wanted to. I dont have the money right now. :(

ultimate_zero
ultimate_zero

Justice League was better than EA's Superman Title but Eidos will have to do better than that, all the big companies have Big titles coming out and Eidos has nothing...step your game up.

Resident-Bowser
Resident-Bowser

i still wasnt impress with hitman, i enjoyed playing it, but felt like an Xpac from similar games, i definitely wouldnt rule out playing the next one

gamist
gamist

Played the demo of JC and i thought it was a joke. i think Eidos should use Unreal Engine so that their games will look better/next gen. Hitman deserves to have better graphics while Tomb Raider needs a new type of adventure instead of the old repeat of all the sequals.

skullkiller3
skullkiller3

SWEET NEW HITMAN ON XBOX 360 KEEP IT OFF THAT KID SYSTEM PS3 HAHAHAHA

Trigun1
Trigun1

I like the idea of Just Cause however the 360 version felt very lacking. I hope they make JC2 next gen in every way. I loved sky diving.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Just Cause turned a profit? I thought I was the only person that bought it.

thomass60r
thomass60r

just cause was awesome and now we get a sequel can,t wait

sballer
sballer

Well I have Just Cause for the PC, and there are so many bugs that it's almost impossible to play decently! But I heard/read that the console versions of the game are much more playable. But other than that, SCI did a good job (in the early days) with Carmageddon! Especially the first one!

ftjx
ftjx

sequels, sequels, sequels, Kane and Lynch sequels sequels sequels

Sharvie
Sharvie

Quite good considering i've never heard of them. :)

C_65
C_65

.......I really need to get a job so I can buy some systems.

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

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Lord-Shock
Lord-Shock

wow if they would give me the 1% I would be happy :D. Nice about the sequel of Just Cause...!!! I like that game

MarcusFenix715
MarcusFenix715

"haven't played Just Cause yet ...." the first one is just a rental don't buy it. its gets really repetitive but is a great over the op action game. i like playing it. lol. makes james bond look like a wanna be. yea i want to play the second one. that woudl be cool. needs more weapons and way better aiming system.

_Knifes_
_Knifes_

Me wanty Carmageddon 4 too!

epormada
epormada

Who buys this crap! Except for StarWars Legos, which is a brilliant idea for a kids game, and is actually quite fun even for older gamers-not for everyone though.

MCW101
MCW101

haven't played Just Cause yet ....

Doolum
Doolum

Good to hear Eidos mother Company is doing good.

sugreev2005-06
sugreev2005-06

I hate Just Cause,it's easily the worst game of 2006 that I have in my collection.

zekere
zekere

Yeah, and Carmageddon 4

sicko0
sicko0

cant believe they actually sold that many, just cause was just way to buggy