Controversially, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive on Xbox consoles. While Square Enix has confirmed that the game will come to PC and PS4 in 2016, many have criticized the decision as ‘insulting to fans’ and ‘incredibly risky’ as they feel that the game could lose out on many sales as a result.
Rumours of Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s poor sales performance have been posted around the web, with Sony senior product manager Chris Brown fanning the flames, tweeting that the game sold less than 63,000 copies in the UK during launch week. But after fans began to discuss the rumours on the game’s official forum, Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s game director Brian Horton has now stepped in to defend the title.
Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s Director Defends the Game
Responding to the suggestion that Rise of the Tomb Raider sold 300,000 units worldwide on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Horton told the forum posters:
“Microsoft and Square are very happy with Rise and the dev team, thanks for the concerns. Crystal and Eidos Montreal made a game we are proud of and we appreciate the overwheling [sic] number of positive reviews and fan feedback. We’re looking forward to the Game Awards next week where we are nominated for Best Action Adventure and Best Performance for Camilla [Luddington, the voice of Lara Croft].
Wish us luck, hopefully it’s just the beginning of the recognition Tomb Raider and Lara Croft receives this year. It’s cool to see her on top again for the second game in a row. We’re all fans and for me it’s been the honor of my career to be a part of such a fantastic legacy. Next year 20th Anniversary!”
In a separate thread, Horton again stressed that “Square/Microsoft are happy with Crystal and Eidos Montreal and the game itself” and that as he is “unqualified” to talk about the game’s sales numbers, he won’t. What Horton would say, though, is that the “dev team is not responsible for sales and therefore we look to reviews and releasing on time to gauge our performance” and that as the media considers Rise of the Tomb Raider a “high quality game”, they’ve accomplished their goals.
While it is a little off-putting for fans not to have sales numbers (especially when sales numbers at this point could determine whether or not Rise of the Tomb Raider gets a sequel), the fact that both Square Enix and Microsoft are happy should give Lara Croft supporters some confidence. Of course there is the argument that Horton is just trying to save face, but for now all seems to be well. We’ll keep you posted on any future developments in the story.