Tomb Raider sets franchise sales record

Crystal Dynamics reveals first-week sales of action adventure better than any other entry to date.

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Today during a Game Developers Conference panel, Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher revealed that Tomb Raider set a franchise sales record. He explained that the series reboot enjoyed the highest week-one sales in the history of the series.

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Tomb Raider was also the "biggest opening" of 2013 thus far, Gallagher said.

The game logged 1 million players in 48 hours and has sold 3.4 million units thus far. Square Enix said this week that Tomb Raider sales failed to meet expectations.

Analyst Billy Pidgeon believes Tomb Raider needs to sell 5 million copies to be successful.

Gallagher said today that Tomb Raider was the biggest game Crystal Dynamics had ever made. Its development was spread across two studios: Crystal Dynamics in California (single-player) and Eidos Montreal in Canada (multiplayer).

Additional art for Tomb Raider was made at third-party studios in Shanghai, India, Los Angeles, and "a number" of other places.

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