When Rise of the Tomb Raider was announced as a (timed) Xbox exclusive on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, fans on PC and PlayStation were outraged, saying that they felt ‘betrayed’ by developer Crystal Dynamics. Moreover, some fans feared that the timed exclusivity would lead to poor sales and that it could spell the end of Lara Croft’s vide game adventures.
Following the game’s Xbox release, there were rumours that the game had indeed sold poorly, but Microsoft said that it was happy with the game’s performance and that it had sold over 1 million copies. While 1 million+ copies is hardly reason enough to can the Tomb Raider series altogether, a new report from digital industry analyst SuperData does suggest that Rise of the Tomb Raider PC massively outsold the Xbox version.
Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Outsold Xbox Version by Almost Three Times
In its report on the worldwide digital games market in January 2016, SuperData writes:
“As one of Square Enix’s most visible franchises, the Tomb Raider franchise performed in January, receiving both strong industry recognition and benefitting from a seasonal lull of triple A games. Initial sales numbers on digital console for Rise of the Tomb Raider were soft, due to sharing its release date with Fallout 4 and its exclusivity to Xbox One. The game sold almost three times as many units on PC than it did on console during its first month.”
Given that so many console gamers still buy retail versions (as opposed to PC players who mostly buy digital), buying habits are likely a huge contributing factor. However, as SuperData points out, Microsoft essentially wounded Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s chances of big sales success by releasing it on the same day as Fallout 4 and within weeks of Halo 5: Guardians and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
That said, if Rise of the Tomb Raider was massively more popular on PC than Xbox when you factor in retail copies as well, then it would explain a lot. Quantum Break is the latest Xbox One exclusive to also be announced for PC, and Microsoft hasn’t ruled out bringing (Xbox One exclusives) Scalebound and Crackdown 3 to the platform either. So perhaps the company is using PC to ensure that its games still breakeven.
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