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

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Kromas

    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.

  • oVg PAYNE

    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

      6mil SONYs? trololo

  • Corporal Stick

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

    • oVg PAYNE

      Nathan Drake got owned.

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

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

  • Hammersteyn

    Was worth every penny

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)
    • Admiral Chief in Vegas


  • RinceThis

    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

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

      • RinceThis

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

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          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

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

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

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

          • RinceThis

            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

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

  • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    Serious question guys….

    Do you say Lara or Laura ?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I say potato.

    • oVg PAYNE

      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.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

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

  • Willem Swanepoel

    was one of my game of the year choices

  • Rock789

    Helluva game! Brilliant – just brilliant! Enough said…

  • Brian Murphy

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

  • Skyblue

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

  • Gerhard

    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.

  • Aussious

    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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