Tomb Raider buoys Eidos' six-month results

Crystal Dynamics' latest multiplatform Lara Croft adventure sells 1.5 million through December 31; publisher revs rise 27 percent to £80.3 million.

Tomb Raider: Underworld may not have been the unbridled success that Eidos was hoping for, but the Crystal Dynamics-developed game certainly made a positive impact on the publisher's six-month sales. Today, Eidos reported revenues of £80.3 million ($115 million) for the six months ended December 31, a 26.7 percent climb compared to the same period a year ago. Losses before taxes for the period stood at £1 million ($1.43 million), a healthy recovery compared to the £75.1 million ($107 million) loss sustained during the back half of 2007.

Eidos also provided an update on sales for Tomb Raider: Underworld. Lara Croft's latest action adventure shipped 2.6 million units since its debut on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, and DS in November. Actual units sold stood at 1.5 million, a sum that Eidos notes is higher than the two most recent Tomb Raider games, but less than initially planned.

In January, Eidos confirmed that it had reduced head count at Crystal Dynamics, with reports indicating that some 30 developers were let go. Today, Eidos officially confirmed that it has also shut down its Rockpool Games and Morpheme Game Studios, both of which dealt primarily with mobile and Web-based games.

Eidos also briefly addressed its ongoing plans to be acquired by Square Enix, a deal valued at £84.3 million ($120 million). The offer, which Eidos' board of directors unanimously approved earlier this month, is currently expected to be presented to shareholders for approval in March. Pending that outcome, Eidos expects the buyout to close by the end of April.

For the full year, Eidos expects revenues to fall between £160 million ($229 million) and £180 million ($257 million). During the final six months of its fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, it expects to release Batman: Arkham Asylum, Battlestations: Pacific, and Championship Manager 2009.

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45 comments
drangel_jam
drangel_jam

just for a change, I was pleased with Underworld.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Rocksteady needs to make the next Tomb Raider game.

crazyirishmikey
crazyirishmikey

No doubt about it ... this Tomb Raider ROCKS!!!! Lara Croft should now be considered a video game staple ... I hope she will be around for a very long time to come!

BloodMist
BloodMist

Tomb Raider Underworld is a very excellent and underrated game...wherever they take the series to, i hope it's as good as Underworld was, if not better.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

still continue tomb raider it has great potential

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Solid game. This was a close similarity to the original Tomb Raider, and far better then Tomb Raider Legend. If Eidos wants a sure stock raiser, release a next-gen Legacy of Kain.

killa4lyfe
killa4lyfe

Eidos needs to start wrking on their new hitman or something, those games used to be sick!

DarylJ100
DarylJ100

na tomb raider is one of the best games you will ever expirience as a solo game it just full of fun and competition

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

You clowns who think that TR is going to be an RPG now because of SE are the same morons who thought that FF and DW were going to merge when Square and Enix merged. Seriously, enough.

da_chub
da_chub

Lara along with Sonic are a few of gamings great IPs that just need to die, instead of making ehh new games.

petalic
petalic

ANIME STYLE TOMB RAIDER! pink haired lara croft who carries a giant sword that acts as a gun. And she goes to a Aztec ruin that leads her to find a big giant orb that teleports her to a underdeveloped planet and she meets human look alike with elven ears. Then lara realizes that the world is a gateway to earth and the world is going to end in 2012 because a giant dragon demon is going to use the underdeveloped planet to get to earth. She defeats the dragon with her new found acrobatics that can propel her to the top of buildings in one jump and her range of magic spells. And then she returns back to earth except its back in time when the Aztecs were alive, she found out that there were no writings on the orb so she writes clues for herself to find it.... then she.. uhh.. realizes that shes a clone? and she goes find her creator... and.. then she ends up in a futuristic school and becomes a "seed".... then she goes back in time again and saves the world from a tyrannical king. =D can't wait for a game like this

VezTheNoob
VezTheNoob

Although a bit on the short side, I really enjoyed Underworld. I think it deserves an 8-8.5, and if its going to get a lower score than that, than it should be blamed on it's length. (The camera is not as bad as most people think it is.) As for the whole Squeenix thing, I just hope it doesnt take then 6 years to develop the next TR. And I hope to god they keep it focused on platforming ( although I personally would like to see more combat in it, much more combat. I mean Lara has some great guns and knows how to use them, just doesnt have to use them very often,) and not stats and the usual rpg stuff. I like RPGs but I think keeping it loosley stat based or not stat based at all would be the way to go. But what do I know? Im only a gamer with 22 years experience. For god sakes keep the combat real time. I BEG YOU SQUARE!!! HEAR MY PLEA!!!

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

Hmmm... didn't Eidos claim that the latest Tomb Raider was a flop and an embarassment?

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

great game, bad reviews based on past performance.

glimpus
glimpus

Tomb Raider has always been an average franchise. OOPS!

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

tomb raider is good but you need better developers

squarejp
squarejp

Will they have new titles like Final Fantasy Tomb Raider? If do, that's gotta be fun combination. I want characters from FFVI and FFVII to do all the crazy acrobatics and cool storyline and action!

Francision69
Francision69

Now, it's gonna take some getting used to seeing a Square-Enix logo on a Tomb Raider game. xD

SonicRaptor
SonicRaptor

I just hope the SE sale goes through because Eidos needs the money to keep paying off reviewers.

Klarden
Klarden

Crystal Dynamics just never did bad games But Eidos should try out new titles, while supporting great old ones like TR, LoK (as it's going to happen), Hitman or Deus Ex. Or even new Gex game:)

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

I'm almost surprised they haven't gone bankrupt yet. Tomb Raider is played out, and it's their only real recognizable license. They need a fresh NEW franchise that's a big hit. Obviously that's easier said than done, but it's likely the only thing that can save them, since the world's love affair with Lara Croft is all but over.

werc96
werc96

Give me a new Hitman game, And please Let the new Batman game turn out to be As good as it looks And i promise Eidos...Ill buy your Next Tomb Raider game :)

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

Batman: Arkham Asylum has so far been shaping up to be a great game. Im looking forward to playing it in the near future.

RonTorque
RonTorque

Can't Wait for Arkham Asylum.

KoRn4all
KoRn4all

I hope they will make a new Legacy of Kain game because the series was great

LiLLaRkIn
LiLLaRkIn

Another company being bought out!!.... hope all the great IP's dont vanish or get half-@$$ed..

dylan417
dylan417

nananananananananana BATMAN!!!!

Cross_Bone
Cross_Bone

Yeah, from what I've seen Arkham Asylum looks like it's going to be pretty amazing. Definitely can't wait for that.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

I'm looking forward to the new Batman game. I have high hopes for it.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

TR Legend and TR Underworld were both good games... actually i was surprised since i never liked teh TR series until those two.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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BlacknRedGT
BlacknRedGT

If they would put trophies in the game they would make a lot more money. They are a little on the slow end of thinking.

jadefury27
jadefury27

i hope this at least improve the frequency of games they relaese. they've been relying of tomb raider waaay too much. they could do some damage with a new hitman if they put in the work. the last one was ok but there were still some issues.

glez13
glez13

Me want Hitman too!!!!

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

Thank God......I love Tomb Raider. There isn't enough action/adventure/puzzle type games out there anymore, and that's a real shame... So when a TR game comes along I am all over it. Also with Lara's classic "Blue" top, she is just unbelievably top heavy!...nice.

gamer082009
gamer082009

Well, that's too bad, at least it did over a million units sold. Not sure what the development cost were but I've always been a fan of the Tomb Raider and Hitman series. Hopefully Square Enix will not destroy Eidos but instead shake things up a bit.

Koririri
Koririri

Bravo! I want Tomb Raider: Underworld - Beneath the Ashes for PS3 on Bluray PLEASE EIDOS PLEASE.

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

congrats to Eidos! Finally some compies are getting better in terms of revnue. Hopefully their won't be those lay-offs they talked about. But if they expect Batman, Battlestation, and Championship Manager to turn a hefty profit... ummm... fail?