Following Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s release on Xbox One and Xbox 360 (where the game is a timed exclusive), rumours about the game’s poor sales performance began to circle the web. The speculation was even stoked by Sony’s senior product manager Chris Brown who said that the game had only managed to move 63,000 copies in the UK during its first week on sale.
Eventually, the game’s director Brian Horton was forced to respond, telling users on the game’s official forum that both Microsoft and Square Enix (the game’s publishers) are “very happy” with Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s sales. Microsoft has now backed that up, revealing that the game sold “well over” 1 million copies during the holiday period.
@PNF4LYFE It is sell-through and well over 1M units, big December!
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) January 4, 2016
Rise of the Tomb Raider Sales
In a post on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft reveals that “every title in our exclusive 2015 holiday line-up sold over 1 million units” including Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and, of course, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Meanwhile on Twitter, Aaron Greenberg, who leads Microsoft’s first and third party marketing team, revealed that that sales figure is “sold-through” (copies actually in the hands of gamers) and that Rise of the Tomb Raider sold “well over” 1 million.
However, despite Microsoft marking the game’s sales down in the ‘win’ category, others have pointed to Tomb Raider (2013)‘s sales, arguing that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s sales are nothing to write home about. The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot sold 3.4 million copies in its first four weeks on sale, with Square Enix saying that the game missed its sales target, though, given that Tomb Raider (2013) was released on more platforms, that is perhaps an unfair comparison.
Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Release Date + Specs Confirmed
What should boost the game’s sales even further, though, is the Rise of the Tomb Raider PC release. After the game’s January release window was revealed early via its Steam listing, Square Enix has now confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider PC will be released on January 28, 2016.
According to a press release release, the PC version of the game adds “numerous features” including Windows 10 support and 4K support (a 4K screenshot is embedded above) but it’s unclear if that’s it on the new features front. Moreover, the game will be available on its own ($59.99) or as the Digital Deluxe edition ($89.99, includes the game and the season pass), and the Collector’s Edition ($149.99) which includes all of the content pictured here.
Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s minimum PC specs are as follows:
- OS: Windows 7 64bit
- Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent
- GPU: NVIDIA GTX 650 2 GB or AMD HD7770 2 GB
- RAM: 6 GB
- HD Space: 25 GB
- DirectX: DirectX 11
- Input: Mouse + Keyboard
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