Tomb Raider Reboot Sells 8.5 Million Copies, Breaks Franchise Records

The 2013 game is now the best-selling entry in the series of all time.

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The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, developed by Crystal Dynamics, has now sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide, up from 7 million in February. That makes it the best-selling entry in franchise history, the Square Enix-owned studio announced on Monday. Released in March 2013, Tomb Raider also broke records for first-day and first-month sales, the developer said today.

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Tomb Raider may have broken sales records, but the adventure game's first-month sales tally of 3.6 million copies failed to meet Square Enix's expectations.

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics later released a Definitive Edition version of Tomb Raider in January 2015 across Xbox One and PlayStation 4, bringing with it better graphics and more content.

The 8.5 million figure does include sales of the Definitive Edition, a representative for Square Enix told GameSpot.

Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher said he's thrilled by the game's sales.

“Tomb Raider ignited and expanded the fan base, pushing the series to a new level," he said in a statement "The game's incredible sales success reflects the passionate response of players."

The next Tomb Raider game--Rise of the Tomb Raider--launches for Xbox 360 and Xbox One this fall through an exclusivity arrangement between Square Enix and Microsoft, which will serve as the game's publisher. This exclusivity deal has a duration, meaning the game could come to PlayStation systems later on, though this has not yet been confirmed.

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