Square Enix’s decision to sell a plethora of franchises and studios to Embracer Group has yielded some interesting information, including lifetime sales of the Tomb Raider franchise.
Following Embracer Group’s agreement to purchase Eidos Montreal, Square Enix Montreal and Crystal Dynamics from Square Enix, the company shared a timeline of the Tomb Raider franchise. According to the timeline, Tomb Raider has sold 88 million units since its inception in 1996, with 38 million of lifetime sales attributed to the reboot trilogy alone, which includes Tomb Raider (2013), Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
In addition, the franchise has garnered more than 53 million paid mobile downloads of entries such as Lara Croft: Relic Run and Lara Croft: Go.
The timeline shows other Tomb Raider games such as Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris spinoffs, as well as pre-2013 reboot games including Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and Tomb Raider: Underworld.
Crystal Dynamics Studio Head Scot Amos explains that the Tomb Raider brand is a strong brand, saying, “This is just a look at the games. As far as the possibilities for this franchise go, let me tell you, the best is yet to come. “
Last month Crystal Dynamics announced that it is currently working on a new Tomb Raider game using the Unreal Engine 5.
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https://www.ign.com/articles/tomb-raider-sales-1996 Tomb Raider lifetime sales were announced following the sale of the Embracer group