Tomb Raider, Blood Money go multiplatinum

Strong sales of new Hitman, latest Lara Croft adventure beat expectations; SCi now predicts $45.4 million annual profit.

When SCi Entertainment Plc won a bidding war to buy Eidos Interactive in spring 2005, many wondered if it might be a Pyrrhic victory. Specifically, it was unclear whether the once-mighty publisher's intellectual properties, which were toplined by the Hitman and Tomb Raider series, would be worth the 76.1 million pounds ($144.6 million) SCi paid for it. Both franchises were considered past their prime, with 2004's Hitman: Contracts underperforming and 2003's Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness straight-out flopping with gamers and critics.

Over a year later, SCi's gamble appears to have paid off. Today, the British publisher reported that sales of the newest entries into Eidos' two flagship franchises have both beaten its own projections.

According to SCi, Tomb Raider: Legend sold--not shipped--over 2.9 million units internationally from its launch on April 11 until June 30. The figure includes all versions of the decently reviewed game, which is now available on the PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2. The statement did not mention the PSP version of the game, which hit stores on June 21 in the US. Legend is also set to ship for the DS, GameCube, and the Game Boy Advance this fall.

SCi also was more than happy to announce that Hitman: Blood Money had exceeded its expectations as well. Since it shipped on May 30, the game has sold 1.5 million units worldwide on the PC, PS2, Xbox, and the Xbox 360. Blood Money received the highest GameSpot score of any Hitman game since 2002's Silent Assassin.

Combined with brisk sales of the soccer sim Championship Manager 2006/07, the dual success of Blood Money and Legend has made SCi bullish about its future. The company today predicted it would meet "recently upgraded market expectations" of a 25 million pound ($45.4 million) pretax profit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006. The company also reported it ended said fiscal year with cash reserves of more than 30 million pounds ($54.6 million)--nearly double the 15.1 million pounds predicted by "market expectations."

According to SCi's Web site, the company's preliminary annual report will be made public in September, with the final report due in October.

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typester
typester

I am vert pleased with both games. especially tomb raider. I loved the first 2 then it went downhill. Legend was so smooth and easy to control on my 360. I just finished it yesterday and can't wait for the next installment.

bigboss2010
bigboss2010

I'm just very glad to see the games on the 360 are really showing their potential and this also shows that there are many more great games to come.

ronaldmonster
ronaldmonster

Pretty cool, i wasn't expecting Tomb Raider to sell that many because of AOD but i was wrong.

unreal_master
unreal_master

Hitman games rule ever since i played hitman 2 for ps2 i was hooked contracts threw me off with the story line then i figured it out and loved it. then blood money came out and it was basicly the best by far. Not a big fan of tomb radier but the 360 version was decent compared to the others i played. I do hope there are more hitman and tomb radier games to come. i hope they are made onto pc or 360 first then toned out for other plateforms like tomb radier was.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I guess this means there is a good chance for more of these games to come.

ftjx
ftjx

The Hitman series has always scored too low in the press, including gamespot

PazUSA
PazUSA

Great to see SCi doing well and putting out two really quality games in Tomb Raider & Blood Money. I really enjoyed the latest tomb raider and am working my way through Hitman, so I'm glad they didn't give up on Lara as many had called for after some of the last bad TR games.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Good news. I hope more great games will come from them.......

SoberWarock
SoberWarock

I want blood money now, but for PC b/c im a PC gamer now.

Katarn95
Katarn95

All I want is Hitman 5 now:)

rynmls
rynmls

i dont have blood money yet but im planning to buy one... i think blood money will be a great game...

Commando47
Commando47

Blood Money rocked so hard that i cried with happiness now that it sold well makes me confident that a sequek is in the works which is cool. Online would be cool and it will settle the age old question...who will win in a fight Lara or Agent 47? Personally 47 will win cause he'll just poison Lara's drink or something before the match gets underway..... COOL!!!

Shawn20
Shawn20

Tomb Raider: Legend was a great game.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Hopefully Tomb Raider games following Legend will be just as good or better.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

Blood Money was well worth my money.

xSpitFire3x
xSpitFire3x

Tomb Raider deserved to do so well after that crap AOD, Legend was exceptional! Blood Money wasnt that great but it was pretty fun.

juvinwo1
juvinwo1

the tomb raider was good, i was surprised as to how good it actually was, hitman was crap though.

aaron6581230
aaron6581230

good for them!! They are finally making a comeback!! Just keep it up an make the next games better!! BTW, I still can't believe my ps2 version of Hitman:BM can produce so many people all at once!!

mark_unix
mark_unix

eidos has to bring out a couple more quality titles and then i am pretty sure about their future with BONO of U2 owning them ;)

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

Interesting. The Tomb Raider series survives yet once again. Hitman games have always been a typical assassin type game where the player uses the same formula, or same ways, of cruising through a level, as it's previous games. I hope in the near future, the Hitman games will be online compatible in where players can play co-operatively. Using stealth and teamwork to take out targets.

xelloss88
xelloss88

Make a good game, and You will make Good Money... Now will they learn?

B-bad
B-bad

It's no real surprise, but games are great Hope they can follow up with some more hits like these were.

00chaos8
00chaos8

i didn't expect the two games to do well

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Hmm... I didn't think Tomb Raider Legend was that great a game. I thought Hitman Blood Money was really good though. To be fair, I think the 360's slim game selection may have led to higher sales than would have happened otherwise. As much as I liked Blood Money and am glad I purchased it, I probably would have set my sights elsewhere if there were a stronger selection of games.

valspar0075
valspar0075

This is excellent news. Both games are very good and i suggest you play them both ! Looking forward to the followup to both games!! Two next generation games that are outstanding!

Mechakucha
Mechakucha

Excellet. As a Tomb Raider fan from 1996, it's nice to see Lara selling the millions again. Good thing is that it wasn't a bad game either. Can't wait for the Crystal Dynamics sequal!

FoxHoundADAM
FoxHoundADAM

Good for them. Although they should have known better than to make so many crappy TR games before this. Also, I'm still a little PO at how the managed to ruin the Soul Reaver series.

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

Tomb Raider Legend and Hitman: Blood Money are some of my fav games to come out this year. Eidos is making a comeback. Now I want to see a new Thief game.

Karjah
Karjah

You put out good games people buy them I saw this one coming a mile away.

TheJuggla17
TheJuggla17

I helped!! :D Tomb Raider: Legends (X360)

trekkerguy
trekkerguy

Tomb Raider: Legend Is by far one of the best action adventure games I have ever played and one best games period, I love it and am glad to see it doing well.

Elite_Bushido
Elite_Bushido

im really happy that Hitman has sold a lot, its been my fav. game since it first came out in 1997

marioman50
marioman50

and I am soon going to contribute to that $45.4 million

jmangafan
jmangafan

Hells_sad_song; I'd say it makes perfect sense that TR:L is outselling Hitman, the TR franchise was huge last generation (PS, N64, DC). Tons of people played the first and second one before the series fizzled out. The reviews have been positive and most people are hailing it as a comeback, when word of mouth as strong as TR:L has been, it makes perfect sense that the gamers that got burned years ago should return when they hear the series is back on track. Nice username BTW.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

i thought legend was going to sell bad..... good to see it didnt

jared81799
jared81799

legends was cool, but i thought blood money was terrible. oh wellz

jdknight21
jdknight21

Nice. Tomb Raider: Legends deserves more credit.

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

Despite finding both games rather clunky and boring, I'm glad to see them selling well. The 360 versions were both decent games, and at the very least its nice to see Eidos putting something good out.

Jason____
Jason____

I think the fact that Hitman was an Xbox 360 game helped boost its sales. The 360's selection of games is still kind of limited, so people are looking for new games for it. The new Hitman is a fun game though. This is a good way to introduce more people to the series.

RVCA823
RVCA823

This is why most games will be multiplat this generation.

gjb-sensei
gjb-sensei

I haven't played the final version of Hitman: Bloody Money yet, but I do own and have finished Tomb Raider: Legend for the Xbox 360 and can safely say that it's an outstanding game. Good job, Eidos (and Crystal Dynamics).

samekila
samekila

I like both games I only have the demos on my 360 I need to buy them I guess I did think the demos were good

PacBoy23
PacBoy23

i also loved hitman and am still playing it cause i just got it recently it does rock it is a fun heart pounding game i am on the mardi gras level

Hells_Sad_Song
Hells_Sad_Song

how is Blood Money losing to Tomb Raider? Hitman = Rocks