Sometimes in life, in order to build for the future, you have to look towards the past. Developer Crystal Dynamics did just that with their reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise in 2013. Simply titled Tomb Raider, the game explored the origins of a young Lara Croft before she became the expert treasure hunter seen in later games. Tomb Raider was met with not only critical acclaim, receiving numerous awards, but also record sales.
Square Enix announced via press release that the game has now sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide, making the reboot the most successful game in franchise history.
“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.”
Lara’s next adventure in Rise of the Tomb Raider is scheduled for release later this year for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
It is good to see that Tomb Raider has achieved the type of sales success that it has. Not too long ago, I completed the game on PS3 and really enjoyed it. The game was gorgeous to look at and the gameplay was really fun. I loved taking out enemies behind cover with a well placed arrow right to the head. As someone who doesn’t own a Microsoft system, I wish Rise of the Tomb Raider wasn’t exclusive this upcoming holiday season. I will be able to wait patiently though, until the game finds its way onto other platforms.
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