Lara Croft’s not gonna like this.
Rise of the Tomb Raider, her latest adventure, sold just below 56,700 units during its debut week in the UK. While that may not sound too terrible, the game’s predecessor, 2013’s Tomb Raider sold 183,000 units at launch.
Sales for the game were expected to be slightly lower since Tomb Raider was available across multiple platforms when it was initially released, while Rise of the Tomb Raider debuted exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 after a controversial exclusivity deal between Square Enix and Microsoft. The game will arrive on PC in early 2016 and on PS4 during holiday 2016.
However, these numbers are expectedly much lower than Square Enix would like as there is another culprit in Lara’s bad day: many gamers questioned the conditions surrounding Rise of the Tomb Raider’s launch as it was coming out the same day as one of the most-hyped games of 2015, Fallout 4.
Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One debuted at number 5 on the UK sales chart for the week, while the Xbox 360 version of the title came in at number 23. Copies of the game sold on Xbox 360 accounted for roughly 15% of the game’s sales, or 8,500 units, while copies of the game on Xbox One totaled near 48,200 copies.
Rise of the Tomb Raider was critically acclaimed upon release – our review saying, “Rise of the Tomb Raider takes what was already a great game and makes it stronger, bigger and better.”