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And finally, Tomb Raider reboot “exceeds expectations”

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I loved last year’s reboot of Tomb Raider, giving us a somewhat more realistic take on everyone’s favourite adventuring archaeologist. Despite its critical acclaim, after that game’s original release it was deemed a failure by its own publisher, Square Enix. They said, of it’s 3.4 million first month sales that it had failed to meet expectations. Now, thanks to the higher-definition re-release they finally seem happy.

“By the end of this month we will surpass 6 million units for our Tomb Raider reboot, and, having achieved profitability back in 2013 Tomb Raider has exceeded profit expectations and continues to make significant contributions to our overall financial performance,”  said Darryl Gallagher, Square Enix’ head of studios.

From that, we know that The Definitive Edition of has sold around a million copies – which is not at all bad for a reboot of a reboot on some new hardware. Earlier this year, Square said that Tomb Raider had finally reached profitability on PC and the last gen systems. analysts, earlier in the year had said that the game would need to sell 5 million units just to break even.  And now that it’s “exceeded profit expectations” I think we can be assured of a sequel.

I don’t think the game’s suddenly started selling like proverbial hotcakes though; instead I think Square’s just brought their lofty expectations closer to the realms of reality.

The goal with Tomb Raider’s reboot was to shake the franchise up and re-invigorate gamers’ love for Lara Croft.

It was one year ago this week that we released the reboot of Tomb Raider,” Gallagher said “During the past year we have had an amazing ride with all the post release emotions of bringing a huge game to market and watching how it is received, critiqued, enjoyed, and debated by gamers around the world.

When we started on this adventure we had one goal – put Tomb Raider back at the top of the Action/ Adventure genre. To achieve that we knew we had to make something special. We had to make ‘the game of our careers’ in order to have Lara be relevant again and create something that both franchise fans and gamers new to Tomb Raider could love. We needed to shake the foundations of the franchise.

By just about any metric, I think they’ve succeeded.

Last Updated: March 7, 2014


  1. Kromas

    March 7, 2014 at 08:39

    Oh so they added the the Definitive edition to the normal sales figures. I really thought they would have added a new milestone of 6 million Definitive editions.


  2. oVg PAYNE

    March 7, 2014 at 08:45

    WOW!!! Not bad. About 6 million NEXT GEN consoles and 1 million copies sold compared to last years 140 million consoles.

    They hit a good window as there is not much game choice as it is. VERY CLEVER Squarpants.


    • RinceThis

      March 7, 2014 at 09:24

      6mil SONYs? trololo


  3. Corporal Stick

    March 7, 2014 at 08:51

    “make her look sad to provoke response and emotionally attached you to the character” cliche


    • oVg PAYNE

      March 7, 2014 at 10:34

      Nathan Drake got owned.


  4. Admiral Chief in Vegas

    March 7, 2014 at 08:54

    I completely and utterly fell in love with her all over again!


  5. Hammersteyn

    March 7, 2014 at 08:56

    Was worth every penny


  6. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    March 7, 2014 at 09:04

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      March 7, 2014 at 09:05



  7. RinceThis

    March 7, 2014 at 09:14

    About time they showed some love for an amazeballs game. Now I want to play it again. Sorry Lara, get in line…


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 7, 2014 at 09:19

      Er… so you want to play with amazeballs & not Lara? Or am I misunderstanding things again.


      • RinceThis

        March 7, 2014 at 09:21

        Shesh, you go watch a movie with men strutting around with their tops off and this is the outcome?


        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 7, 2014 at 09:27

          While the first half is true, I must say it wasn’t the men’s tops off that left an impression. If you know what I mean *nudge nudge wink wink*


          • RinceThis

            March 7, 2014 at 09:29

            Ahhh, it was the fact John took you to Joes? Well guess what, he took me there first!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 7, 2014 at 09:31

            No that’s not it. Clearly you DON’T know what I mean 🙁

          • RinceThis

            March 7, 2014 at 09:30

            PS. Let’s spread the rumour that the big announcement that Xbox One is going to make at E3 is that Jack Tretton is going to be their new boss 🙂 Tehehehe

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 7, 2014 at 09:36

            Why? I don’t game on a console. ;P

  8. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 7, 2014 at 09:16

    Serious question guys….

    Do you say Lara or Laura ?


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 7, 2014 at 09:18

      I say potato.


    • oVg PAYNE

      March 7, 2014 at 10:32

      Laaaaaaa Raaaaaaaa.
      Is the posh way because she comes from Blue Blood.

      Like AIR as in the air you breath.
      HAIR as in the hair on your head.
      LAIR as in dragons lair.

      Say them all together, AIR HAIR LAIR and you have Prince Charles greeting you.


  9. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 7, 2014 at 09:18

    Good. It’s an excellent game. One of the best I played last year.


  10. Willem Swanepoel

    March 7, 2014 at 09:25

    was one of my game of the year choices


  11. Rock789

    March 7, 2014 at 10:25

    Helluva game! Brilliant – just brilliant! Enough said…


  12. Brian Murphy

    March 7, 2014 at 10:28

    lol, love the image caption…someone have a Liz Hurley fixation? 🙂


  13. Skyblue

    March 7, 2014 at 11:30

    How much does it cost to make a game now? We’re not playing Tetris anymore…


  14. Gerhard

    March 7, 2014 at 12:16

    Enjoyed this very much. When the credits rolled I was like “Wow that was good!” Not a lot of games that have the wow factor. Dead Space 1 and Uncharted comes to mind.


  15. Aussious

    March 7, 2014 at 12:57

    May one day they’ll same the same thing about Final Fantasy and maybe FF is due for a well needed reboot…


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