Rise of the Tomb Raider Sales Hits One Million But Is it Enough?

We’ve been eagerly following the plight of Microsoft’s exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider since it released in November last year and whilst the combined sales of Xbox One and Xbox 360 haven’t been “huge”, today Microsoft announced the title has sold in excess of one million. We had already come to this conclusion given the last estimated numbers from VGchartz website – but they have not updated their numbers for a number of weeks now and at least Microsoft can offer more official figures. Perhaps the biggest issue regarding the sales of this game in particular is an argument which suggests there would be far greater numbers of sales to shout about at this juncture had the game released as a multi-format title, where some would go as far as to suggest most of the fan base resides with the Playstation brand. We’ll never really know how events would have played out if the release structure was different to how it was now, but it begs the question how well will the game’s release on the PS4 be at the end of the year given its age and potential pricing in contrast to an Xbox One game that should be far cheaper. We’re pondering whether the PS4 version will see some sort of exclusive content alongside all of the DLC that’s released – but again, we can only really speculate at this time.

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Not taking anything away from Microsoft’s rhetoric though, one million sales is a good target to reach in under two months, but given the fact the game released during a very busy period (on the same day as Fallout 4) and amongst a crowded holiday line-up it’s possible the game has been overlooked by many. We’ve always maintained that sales numbers for Rise will be more telling over a longer period, and now we’re in 2016 there’s a bit of time before the next wave of new games come into the fore so perhaps sales will pick up a little. There’s also an imminent PC release (possibly at the end of this month) so as far as publisher Square Enix are concerned there’s some legs here. It’s obvious Microsoft paid a premium for exclusivity to its Xbox brand but many will question whether the investment has been worthwhile given these recent sales numbers. Square might be well catered for as a result but there’s still the overbearing question about what could have been and what will be once the game releases as an older game on the PS4 some 12 months after the Xbox release – more importantly will Playstation owning gamers bite given the circumstances and what sort of promotion will be afforded to it when there are other big releases vying for gamers attentions?

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So for now let’s rejoice and give a pat on the back for developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix as the game has hit a welcome milestone, yet at the same time understand that game development and marketing costs these days are massive and whilst ten years ago reaching a million sales was a major accomplishment, today it’s a bit more muted for a AAA game. If we compare to the Tomb Raider Reboot in 2012 (the series most popular game in terms of sales) Rise has a long way to go to match its reported 8.5 million sales figure. Hopefully Rise has the legs to keep generating sales and if not, then perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned here when taking what many see as a multi-platform title and fragmenting it for no real reason other than to bolster the holiday line-up of a singular console manufacturer.

Written by: Rob Cram

Rob Cram has hundreds of video game reviews, thousands of articles under his belt with years of experience in gaming and tech. He aims to remain fair and free from publisher/developer influence. With his extensive knowledge, feels his gaming opinions are valid and worth sharing. Agreement with his views are entirely optional. He might have a bias towards cyberpunk.

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  1. WEL January 4, 2016 |

    if not then it will be soon when it releases on PC. And beside, the only party affected here are MS since Eidos already got their money for the timed-exclusivity anyway.

    • HgGamer January 4, 2016 |

      How MS you fuckin Idiot it goes to PC MS get money again you fuckin dumbass

  2. KashIsKlay January 4, 2016 |

    First it “flopped” and when it was determined that it actually did sell well, now it’s “is it enough” Nothing will be enough for those who have an ulterior motive against the game. It was a great game, came out in a crowded period on one platform and still did very well.

    • datdude January 4, 2016 |

      It hasn’t sold well. It “flopped”, when you consider what it costs to produce, market, and distribute. More to the point, Microsoft secured the exclusivity to battle Uncharted, and Uncharted moved out of 2015 altogether, so the exclusivity deal was really for nothing. Tomb Raider didn’t chart in the top twenty games for the month it released. That’s a flop, simple and plain.

        • datdude January 4, 2016 |

          Poor thing…you would be far more accurate if you aimed those comments at your mother. I guarantee she has a gut, and probably has a much bigger penis than you have to boot. Good luck with that.

          • Aaron blanchard January 5, 2016 |

            Jesus man, are you still banging my mom? Guaranteed you are if you know about her gut. Well, at 93 she still can get desperate losers like you. Kudos to my mom and sympathies for you jerkoff. Hey buddie, my great grandma has been in the ground for six months, want her plot number so you can have a go at her too? Sick fukker

          • datdude January 5, 2016 |

            I’ll leave you to have a go at your mother’s penis, thank you very much. You’re used to it. Good luck with that.

          • Aaron blanchard January 5, 2016 |

            And as for my penis size, ask your woman… wait… that’s right, your a faget.

          • Aaron blanchard January 5, 2016 |

            Change your tag to datdudewhobangsgrannies

          • datdude January 5, 2016 |

            Sure. Right after you change yours to Aarontakesitinthepooperfromhiswellendowedmommy.

      • Bezki January 5, 2016 |

        If you sell 1mio. times $60.

        I think Ms payed SE around that for the timed exclusivity. 60mio. was years ago a common deal for this shit.

        MS lost big time on this title.

      • KashIsKlay January 5, 2016 |

        Actually it’s not, they said they were happy with it. 1 million is a number few games fail to reach. Please show me the financial records which only they have. DLC and sales numbers should of took care of any costs. Bloodborne has only sold 7.7 and it has been out so long with a 30 million userbase, and only 1.42 for the order and these games launched in not so crowded periods. So I guess those flopped too huh

        • Zarbor January 5, 2016 |

          Agreed. You what they say?…Haters will hate. Way to deal with a hater.

        • datdude January 5, 2016 |

          Right. But let’s not forget….this is Microsoft with their B.S. compilation of numbers. So 1 million means 1 million counting both xbone and 360, so……..yeah. Flop confirmed.

          • datdude January 6, 2016 |

            Right. But let’s not forget….this is Microsoft with their B.S. compilation of numbers. So 1 million means 1 million counting both xbone and 360, so……..yeah. Flop confirmed.

      • Aaron blanchard January 5, 2016 |

        I have to admit, you got some good comebacks, I’m still laughing.. but for the record eat a bowl of asshair granny lover

        • datdude January 5, 2016 |

          Hey, you replied in the wrong place you cripple creased, pillow humping, turd munching freak. You like that? You like that? I like that!!

      • Edonus January 5, 2016 |

        SHut that dumb @ss pony $hit up. 1 million units is never a flop…. 1 million units in 2 months is easily a success. Now a game has to chart for its 1 million to count? Sounds like some stupid @ss pony logic.

        • datdude January 5, 2016 |

          Right. But let’s not forget….this is Microsoft with their B.S.
          compilation of numbers. So 1 million means 1 million counting both
          xbone and 360, so……..yeah. Flop confirmed. Truth hurts.

          • Edonus January 6, 2016 |

            No its not…. its ponies putting their own words in the mix. MS said perfectly clear the over a million sales they are referring to is just Xbox One. They said nothing about the 360….. That is you making $hit up because your pen!s is small and you feel inadequate around the other ponies.
            The truth does indeed hurt.

          • datdude January 6, 2016 |

            Right. But let’s not forget….this is Microsoft with their B.S.
            compilation of numbers. So 1 million means 1 million counting both
            xbone and 360, so……..yeah. Flop confirmed. Truth hurts.

    • Zarbor January 5, 2016 |

      Don’t mind these idiots talking about it flopped. As you have already determined they are bunch of butthurt gamers that didn’t get the game on their console. The game is great and one of the best games this generation as you know.

      The game will continue to sell since its only been out for a few months. The only reason the sales wasn’t explosive when it initially launch was due to the competition of the holiday season. If you owned an XB1, there were sooo many choices when you factor in the multiplatform games.

      Obviously when the game comes on the PS4 they will sell even more. I could careless about game sales since I don’t get paid from it. I do care if the game is great and ROTR is a must buy.

      • KashIsKlay January 5, 2016 |

        Yeah the irony is The Order and Bloodborne haven’t hit 2 million in sales and both launched in a less crowded period. I only bring that up because they want to talk about sales. But when you have 30 million users and the exclusives still don’t sell much. Rise was a great game. I’m glad I picked it up.

    • XanderZane41 January 5, 2016 |

      The game was never a flop. Just because a game doesn’t sell as some people expect it to doesn’t make it a flop. The game is on many critics 2015 GOTY award. I wouldn’t call that a flop. Anyone who thinks this game is a flop is an idiot. Only biased trolls are saying this crap. You want to see a flop. Look at The Order 1886 and DriveClub. Both of those games were flops. Games like Commander Cherry and Screamride are flops.

  3. HgGamer January 4, 2016 |

    OP STFU you fuckin asshole Game is still selling well and I don’t share trashy article looking for clicks you fuckin cunt

  4. Aaron blanchard January 4, 2016 |

    One million sales at over 50 bucks a pop. Soon P.C and Ps4 sales…. it will make money and its awesome, definite great game.

    • I wouldn’t be counting on those PS4 sells just yet ! Playstation gamers are still pissed and will have turned their attention to other games and not a year old title.

        • KashIsKlay January 5, 2016 |

          Well the irony is The Order and Bloodborne haven’t hit 2 million in sales and both launched in a less crowded period. There’s 30 million users and the exclusives still don’t sell much. Rise was a great game. I’m glad I picked it up. Forza Horizon 2 sold the same about as driveclub with less than 30 million users.

    • RookPeace January 5, 2016 |

      Can’t wait to get this game on pc. Wish it was multiplatfrom since the beginning though.

  5. jacksjus January 4, 2016 |

    Only SE and MS knows the answer to this. SE was unhappy with the 5m sells of the last entry so it was only logical to bring it to only one system (initially) this time around. Certainly this makes all the sense. /s

    On top of this the budget was probably bigger this time around, so we may never know if they have yet to profit.

    However 1m is better than what had previously been reported on the slow start.

      • jacksjus January 5, 2016 |

        You proved my point even further. So I have no idea what they were attempting to accomplish with this deal. I just know that it wasn’t for more sells.

        • Edonus January 5, 2016 |

          The deal was originally made to compete with Uncharted 4. MS wanted a game to round out its line up for the holiday. It was also a chance for MS to ensure the game would be optimized for their console.

          Another thing these analysts seem to over look…… The development costs could have been significantly lower in this TOmb Raider since lots of the foundation was already laid. The engine they use isnt new its tweaked and optimized. The first Tomb Raider was all new everything.

          Anyway 1 million units is always good…… 1 million units in 2 months is actually great…. and what many want to ignore is…..The Game is still selling and we dont even know the exact numbers it could closer to 2 million for all we know. Bottom line is TROTTR is a success anyone that says different is a pony or running some agenda.

          • KashIsKlay January 5, 2016 |

            Right and it took Bloodborne 6 months to get to 2 million with that large userbase

          • Zarbor January 5, 2016 |

            Funny how gamers are up in arms over Tomb Raider being a 3rd party exclusive and how Square is a loser and lost a ton of money by not putting it on the PS4 at the same time.

            Yet no one said that about Bloodborne. Such hypocrites. Now TR makes a million in two months and its a failure yet as you stated Bloodborne took 6 months to get to 2 million and could have gotten even more if they had put it on the XB1.

            Yup, just a bunch of butthurt clowns. Ignore them.

          • KashIsKlay January 5, 2016 |

            The same goes for SFV, that game sold over 8 million copies and capcom makes the excuse that they need financing. A lot of the tourneys even used the Xbox 360 version and one had to resort to using the xbox 360 version again when the ultra ps4 version had issues running.

          • XanderZane41 January 5, 2016 |

            You mean SFIV. SFV hasn’t been released yet.

          • KashIsKlay January 5, 2016 |

            Yeah I was referencing SFV when I said “The sames goes for SFV”
            Because that game is being limited to one console indefinitely.

          • XanderZane41 January 5, 2016 |

            They aren’t saying anything about SFV as well.

          • jacksjus January 5, 2016 |

            Just an FYI Bloodborne alone has sold roughly 33% of the entire Dark Souls franchise on the PS4 alone. Keep in mind that DS one and 2 were both on multiple platforms with a huge install base.

            So Bloodborne was in fact a great success. It was also a new IP so it had nothing to compare it to previously.

            Use that tool between your shoulders before speaking.

          • Zarbor January 5, 2016 |

            No one was talking about Dark Souls (its still 2 million in 6 months), nor did anyone say Bloodborne was a failure even though it has a way bigger user base. The only clowns that mentioned failure are the butt-hurt ones stating TR being timed-exclusive to the XB1 failed.

            Some of us at least have a tool worth using. Can say the same for you.

          • jacksjus January 5, 2016 |

            Wtf? The argument is that TR is a failure and your response was then if star is a failure then the same can be said for Bloodborne since it too took a while to reach I milestone.

            However when I reply with facts you’re left dumb founded.

            Bloodborne is a 100% success because you have nothing to compare it to but that studios previous releases and Bloodborne outsold them all on just one system.

            Apples to oranges.

          • Zarbor January 5, 2016 |

            The argument is that TR is not a failure just like Bloodborne is not a failure. The only failure is the clowns that can’t see that fact. Period.

            BTW, I’ve played both and TR is a much better game period.

          • jacksjus January 6, 2016 |

            Considering they are 2 entirely different games that is simply a matter of opinion.

            And I’m sorry it is not a success. Those with common sense pointed to the exclusivity as well as the release window around other games. It’s the delusional one’s that think otherwise.

            Now as I said originally it is unknown what they consider, however if it was too slow Sony and best UC well that didn’t happen. It didn’t outsell the remastered version of the franchise they were up against.

            Go ahead and crown them like a true fanboy. Lmao!

            I stick to facts homie. Because the numbers don’t lie to you.

          • Zarbor January 6, 2016 |

            I have both consoles and I enjoy them both for the games they provide. The only fanboy around here are clowns like yourself who are calling a game a failure that is still making money and will be launching on the PS4 later to make even more money. What a dope.

            You are all into the Sony vs MS nonsense. We are into the games. That stuff you are into are for losers and fanboys. That’s why you don’t get it. Get off that nonsense and play great games no matter where they are. Why would exclusivity matter to anyone with both consoles. It makes no sense and we don’t care.

            The games don’t lie homie. That’s the only facts that matter to gamers which you are not.

          • jacksjus January 6, 2016 |

            This is what I mean by dumbfounded. This article is about the business side of it. Am I missing something here?

            I didn’t say a damn thing about the games critically? Smh!

        • XanderZane41 January 5, 2016 |

          So the same can be said for the SFV deal as well then right. What was Sony thinking making that deal, especially when the SFIV tournaments were all using that XBox 360 last gen. lol!! Hypocrite.

          • jacksjus January 5, 2016 |

            Not once did I mention Sony or SFV. So now we know who is butt hurt between the two of us.

            And yes that is also a poor deal made by Capcom. But that wasn’t the argument because we don’t know the sells results and won’t until another 2 months at least.

            What an idiot.

      • Shubhendu Singh January 5, 2016 |

        It had only sold 5M when they said they were disappointed with the TR Sales. So his point stands. Yes, later on SE finds that Lara had incredible legs and went on to sell more than 8.5M !
        Very unlikely RotR would touch this figure in his Life time which is strange considering it is a better game than the 2013 one.

      • XanderZane41 January 5, 2016 |

        It was remastered for PS4 and XB1 and sold an addition 3+ million. 1 million in 2 months is fine. It’ll probably sell another 1-2 million on the XB1. SE got paid for the exclusive rights, so they probably made out pretty well.

    • XanderZane41 January 5, 2016 |

      You poor sad troll. lol!! Get a life dude. The door to your basement is up the stairs on the right. lol!!

  6. John Tambanillo January 5, 2016 |

    “Hopefully Rise has the legs to keep generating sales and if not, then perhaps there‚Äôs a lesson to be learned here when taking what many see as a multi-platform title and fragmenting it for no real reason other that to bolster the holiday line-up of a singular console manufacturer.”

    Well said, man. Well said. It would have probably been cheaper for Microsoft to invest on a new IP instead of excluding an existing franchise from a competitor.

    What baffles me the most is the fact that Square Enix actually agreed to this, considering the reboot was a apperently a disappointment for them in terms of sales.

  7. PachterStation January 5, 2016 |

    1 million copies is poor by today’s standards. Obviously going multi format, it’s going to sell more. But the Xbox One is selling so slow, it’s total units is poor, no game was ever going to hit big units. Even some PS4 games have sold poorly, when you consider how many consoles have been sold. This gen has been sloppy, so big game sales is a rare achievement.

    • KashIsKlay January 5, 2016 |

      Yeah the irony is The Order and Bloodborne haven’t hit 2 million (1.4, 1.7m) in sales and both launched in a less crowded period. There are 30 million users and the exclusives still don’t sell that much. Rise was a great game. I’m glad I picked it up. Forza Horizon 2 sold the same about as driveclub with less than 30 million users.

  8. oVg January 5, 2016 |

    “When Square Enix declared that the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider did not reach sales expectations, many were confused. The game sold 3.4 million in its first month. Those were incredible numbers, but Square Enix was expecting six million.”

    Shame. It looks like Quantum Break is going to be a huge financial failure considering its production budget is leaps above Tomb Raider. 1 Million sales is not enough people.

    Support your games or dont expect anymore quality.

  9. Based Sony January 5, 2016 |

    No, it’s not enough.
    The game simply isn’t Based.

    Now, it could have been. Just take the route that all Based PS4 exclusives are going. Look at how much praise those are getting.
    You know why? Because they are Based! People can see the Greatness that Awaits #4theplayers and become Members of the Based Winning Team!

  10. Revolver Ocelot January 9, 2016 |

    lmao Xbox fanboys

    A million after the drought and after that all hype over Christmas is awful.

    Sorry if this hurt you. You don’t have to shill for bland shite anymore.

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