Rise of the Tomb Raider Reception Addressed by Game Director

Brian Horton says both Square Enix and Microsoft are “very happy” with the game.

Posted By | On 30th, Nov. 2015 Under News

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Before the release of Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider, there was legitimate concern that the former would overshadow the latter. Surely enough, Fallout 4 topped all sales charts while Rise of the Tomb Raider fought for attention. Rumours even abounded that the game sold 300,000 copies in its opening week – which isn’t bad but not quite what people expected from an Xbox timed exclusive.

Game director Brian Horton addressed these concerns on the game’s official forums and stated that, “Microsoft and Square are very happy with Rise and the dev team, thanks for the concerns. Crystal and Eidos Montreal made a game we are proud of and we appreciate the overwhelming number of positive reviews and fan feedback. We’re looking forward to the Game Awards next week where we are nominated for Best Action Adventure and Best Performance for Camilla.

“Wish us luck, hopefully it’s just the beginning of the recognition Tomb Raider and Lara Croft receives this year. It’s cool to see her on top again for the second game in a row. We’re all fans and for me it’s been the honor of my career to be a part of such a fantastic legacy. Next year 20th Anniversary!”

What are your thoughts on Rise of the Tomb Raider and its current standing? Let us know in the comments.

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  • d0x360

    These stats are based on retail sales. Digital is king now…sorry game stores and analysts.

    • Rodney Patrick


    • d0x360

      Its like battlefront. GameStop says sales are horrible but then EA says it’s breaking digital records. Same with halo 5. Retail sales are lowest ever.. But digital sales through the roof.

      I don’t remember the last time I bought a digital game

    • Psionicinversion

      I think Gamestop are starting to feel themselves slowly going out of business!

    • d0x360

      Yea it really is the start of their fall and they know it. I dont have a single friend who buys games at retail anymore. Not one and I have a lot of gaming friends.

    • Psionicinversion

      you can see there desperation as well by trying to get physical copies in bundles instead of a download code because they need that person to sell that game to them so they can sell it on for profit.

    • d0x360

      The bundles usually contain codes. Its rare they don’t and if they do the pub paid for it which is stupid because it means you can trade it in.

      I give stores like GS maybe 5 mins unless they suddenly give crazy fair deals on trades to entice people in. Honestly I DONT care about a physical copy these days. Main reason is as far as consoles go I’ll buy 1 digital copy on Xbox and then I can play mp or coop via xbl with that single copy using both Xbox ones on my house. One is set to master so someone else plays a secondary profile then I sign into my own profile on a second Xbox.
      That way 1 copy allows 2 people to play together all they want. No more buying 2 copies of every damn game. That’s the primary reason I buy multiplatform titles on x1.

      Even if that weren’t the case it would mainly be mix of x1 and PC. I’ll buy Sony exclusives but since everyone since the ps4 launch I haven’t gotten into… I really don’t think I’ll buy anymore. Not brand new anyways. I can wait till I find it for $15 used.

    • Psionicinversion

      No with digital codes its not verifiable i dont think to see if a digital code has been used or not unless you actually use it. Thats the problem gamestop has. But on gamestops business platform there would have to be a digital market place for them to continue.. the same as trading in a physical disc except trade in you digital code which is what MS was trying to achieve, may of been the wrong way to go about it BUT it was in the right direction

    • ShoNuff

      I wish Microsoft had the same specials on digital copies that they do for physical copies in the microsoft store. I’d be happy if they sold digital copies of all games in the store and include them in the same promotions that physical copies get

    • ShoNuff

      thats because if I buy it digitally, both my son and I, can play it at the same time on 2 different xboxes. that makes it worth buying digital and not physical.

    • d0x360

      That’s why I buy digital ShoNuff. I mean… Even if I couldn’t do that I’d still buy digital more often than not. Its easier its faster…I just like it better. I have a 100mbps downstream, I can download a game like just cause 3 in half an hour. Why get in the car, drive to GameStop, wait in line, listen to their stupid (multiple) sales pitches then drive home when I can hit a button and be playing before a TV show is over?

    • ShoNuff

      No one can steal, it can’t be lost, and it can’t be scratched, and my kid can’t leave them lying all over the place. Can I trade it? No. But, I don’t do that any way because I like to go back and play the games again any ways.

    • d0x360

      I used to trade but its such a rip off I don’t anymore. One thing I must admit and this is a guilty pleasure but maybe once a month I’ll crawl through GameStop and look for any games I can find for anything from $0.25-$6.00 and scoop them up. The only rule is if I know its bad from experience I won’t buy it and I won’t buy anything sports unless it’s racing.

      My best trip was 47 games for about $30. I’d say I found maybe 10 hidden gems that I really enjoyed that trip.

      Other than that I’ll avoid the store as much as possible. Even my son will now give me money to buy him a game digitally. He understands trades but also sees they are a rip off.

      I miss funcoland. That store… Man you could get really good money for a trade at that store.

    • ShoNuff

      I wish EBGames and GameStop had never merged. I miss EBGames/Electronics Boutique

    • d0x360

      EB was great when they were a private company but about a year before the merger they went public on the stock market and became GameStop Jr. Such a shame. It was just a good store to be in.

    • Psionicinversion

      can see the PC release on websites PC sold 50k copies opening week. Everyones like PC pirates, PC scumbags… 1-2 weeks later they announce its sold 3 million digitally hahahaha PC by digital, we only buy physical if internet sucks or we want whats in the box

    • Mr Xrat

      Digital sales make up 20% of total sales, moron.

    • d0x360

      You keep telling yourself that friend. 20 people I know personally all buy digital. That’s 100% of the gamers I know in the real world who haven’t bought a retail disc in over a year.

      Sorry to tell yah but retail sales are dying and digital are king. Get with the times or get out but insulting me isn’t going to change a damn thing.

      All the facts are out there. The only people who say otherwise are the Sony fanboys. Gives them a way to knock halo and tomb raider since they aren’t selling way retail BECAUSE NOBODY CARES ABOUT RETAIL ANYMORE.

      Not everyone is 16 years old and needs to trade their games in to afford the next one. Sorry.

    • Mr Xrat

      Your anecdotes about your friends don’t trump multiple publisher and industry surveys that the show the percentage of digital games sales on console is 20%.

      But hey, you need any excuse for why your naff exclusives flop. It sadly doesn’t explain how Fallout 4 and COD met retail expectations.

  • Mark

    Are these rumours just based on physical? Hmm. Even if Tomb Raider hits 1m soon tho, I still woulda liked MS launching it on Christmas. Or atleast for now, they should spend a lil more on advertising thru Xmas, and I have seen some more trailers post launch. All in all, the game’s amazing. Throw it on Survivor difficulty and this thing is a GOTY no doubt, arguably the best game I played since current gen launch.

    • zanychelly .

      It would have a bigger impact if they have done this. But MS was always bad planning release dates… It will sell well over the time, and also it is coming on PC and PS4… The future of this great game is granted.

  • Mr Xrat

    The usual damage control, then. Just move on from your studio and your publisher making several disastrous strategic decisions that led to this failure, Brian.

    • Truth™

      It would have sold better on PC. Should have been a PC exclusive. Sonycucks only buy COD and FIFA anyway

  • HisDivineOrder

    This should be a lesson to all developers/publishers that consider putting out an exclusive on Xbox. It happened to Dead Rising 3. It happened to Ryse. It happened to Titanfall. It happened to Sunset Overdrive. And now it’s happened to Tomb Raider. What is “it?” The Xbox Exclusive Effect.

    The lesson? Be sure Microsoft pays you a HUGE check to lose that launch momentum on other platforms. Remember, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, and Titanfall all went to PC. All but Titanfall had delayed PC releases. Well, and Sunset Overdrive that remains marooned on Xbox to this day.

    Be sure the check MS gives you is enough to help compensate for the fact by the time you show up on other platforms your game is old news.


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