Tomb Raider Sells 8.5 Million Copies to Achieve Franchise Record

The 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider has set a new franchise sales record by selling over 8.5 million copies worldwide, Square Enix announced today.

In a press release, the studio confirmed that the figure covers all of its different platform releases. However, it didn’t clarify whether it also includes the sales from the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition which was released later for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Looking at the 8.5 million milestone though, it would seem its sales are included as well.

Tomb Raider took the series in a slightly different direction by featuring a young Lara Croft and her origins, as she is stranded on an island where she must quickly hone in on her survival skills to stay alive.

“Tomb Raider ignited and expanded the fan base, pushing the series to a new level,” said Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics. “The game’s incredible sales success reflects the passionate response of players. Our studio is proud of what we accomplished with the game.”

Crystal Dynamics is now working on the next installment in the franchise. Rise of the Tomb Raider is going to release later this year first on the Xbox One as part of an exclusivity agreement with Microsoft.

I wonder if that is how Gallagher envisions responding to “the passionate response of players.” Rise of the Tomb Raider will then follow on to the rest of the platforms on a later unannounced date.