Biggest Opening of the year yet.
Speaking at Crystal Dynamic’s panel at GDC, studio head Darrell Gallagher revealed that the Tomb Raider reboot has managed to raise the bar of week one sales of the franchise. The game enjoyed the biggest opening of the year yet, with over 3.4 million physical copies shipped so far. It’s Crystal Dynamics biggest game yet, with the Single Player component being handled by the California branch, while the multiplayer was passed on to Eidos Montreal in Canada.
“It’s been the biggest week one sales in franchise history, and we’re only a few weeks into that launch right now, and it’s been the biggest opening so far in 2013,” stated Gallagher. “So, we’re happy with the outcome. It’s certainly in a place where we feel like we’re on the road to achieving everything we wanted to.”
The latest Tomb Raider sits at the second position when it comes to sales figures of the franchise, only being overtaken by the series’ debut which has racked up 6 million is sales. But it’s hardly been a month since the reboot launched and it’s safe to assume that it’s well on its way to overtaking the original.
However, these numbers still aren’t lofty enough for Square Enix, which “failed to meet” their target. It puzzles us how a game which has had the biggest opening in the first quarter still doesn’t manage to reach the brake-even point. Development budgets are ballooning at a staggering rate and it looks like Square Enix invested more than they should have.