Tomb Raider Reboot Sells More Than 8.5 Million Copies
Crystal Dynamics, part of Square Enix, have announced that Tomb Raider (2013) has sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide. This is now the highest selling title in the Tomb Raider franchise. When the title was initially released in March 2013, it broke both franchise sales records for its first day and month. The Tomb Raider franchise has sold over 40 million units in total, placing the sales of the reboot next to that figure really shows off how impressive it is.
Tomb Raider has won numerous awards since its release, and a definitive edition of the title was released on PS4 and Xbox One. This definitive version boasted enhanced graphics and performance over the previous versions of the game, it released January 2014.
The title is a functional reboot of the franchise, it shows Lara Croft as an untested and untried young woman who learns to become a hardened survivor. Tomb Raider (2013) made the series relevant again, the series had been stagnating for years and this reboot brought new life into the franchise. The gameplay was in dire need of modernization and Crystal Dynamics took some inspiration from other titles and rebuilt this game from the ground up. While this title is very different from what came before it, at its core, it still feels like a Tomb Raider game.
“TOMB RAIDER ignited and expanded the fan base, pushing the series to a new level. The game’s incredible sales success reflects the passionate response of players,” said Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics. “Our studio is proud of what we accomplished with the game.”
Tomb Raider is currently available on Xbox 360, Pc, PS3 and Mac, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is available on PS4 and Xbox One. A sequel, titled Rise of the Tomb Raider, is tentatively planned for release this year as a timed exclusive to the Xbox One and Xbox 360