Square Enix admits that the sales expectations for Tomb Raider (2013) were “extremely high.” The publisher had previously confirmed that the reboot of the famous, female-led adventure series had missed its target by a wide margin.
Square Enix also reveals exactly how many copies Tomb Raider (2013) and its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, have sold across PC and consoles.
Tomb Raider Sales Figures Revealed
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda admits that “Looking back at [Tomb Raider (2013)] now, I think the target we set for ourselves was extremely high.” The executive goes on to add that:
“I say this with the benefit of hindsight now, but at the time our numbers leading up to the release of Tomb Raider had been very poor and I think our people were probably banking on that and wondering how much it was going to help our final earnings. In the end, it didn’t quite sell as much as we had anticipated.”
At the time, the confirmation that the Tomb Raider reboot had missed its sales targets was cited by some as an example that games with female protagonists don’t sell so well after all. That notion has been disproved repeatedly, most recently by the performance of games like Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy but at the time, the performance of Tomb Raider (2013) didn’t stop some from believing it.
And with all this said, it’s not as though Tomb Raider (2013) or its follow up, Rise of the Tomb Raider, sold poorly. During the same interview, Square Enix also confirmed that the 2013 release has now sold more than 11 million copies worldwide, which presumably includes the PC, PS, and Xbox 360 versions as well as the PS4 and Xbox One re-release.
Meanwhile, Rise of the Tomb Raider has sold almost seven million copies since being released in 2015. The report also notes that the game was a timed Xbox One exclusive for several months (it launched on PS4 a year later).
The Tomb Raider series is et to continute as famous female protaognist Lara Croft is reportedly set to return in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. That game has yet to be officially announced but millions of fans on PC and consoles will be patientaly awaiting the game’s reveal.
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