The latest “Tomb Raider” installment has been a long time coming. Yet despite being pushed back to a release date shared with other popular titles the latest “Tomb Raider” game as done rather well for itself. The multi-platform game ranked number one on global sales charts as of the week ending Mar 16.
Lara Croft is back in the field this March along with Kratos from the “God of War” series and Kerrigan from “StarCraft II”. Despite being released alongside “God of War: Ascension”, “Star Craft II: Heart of the Swarm”, and the new “SimCity”, “Tomb Raider” has done rather well for Square Enix. The Xbox 360 version of the game ranked first in the US during release week.
After the release the games sales started to dip as is to be expected, yet abroad the game is still doing very well. In the UK and on a global scale the game still ranked number one in sales as of Mar 16. According to VGchartz the Xbox 360 version of the game sold 214,434 copies and the PS3 version sold 175,664 from retail locations worldwide in the week ending on Mar. 16.
This isn't taking into account digital copies of the game so it’s likely that games like “SCII: HotS” and “SimCity” have done better than represented due to EA and Blizzard’s push for easy access through online downloads. Not to mention Steam, one of the most popular sources to directly download digital game copies from. So take the data for what it is. Apparently “Tomb Raider” is a game worth going out and buying a physical copy of.
Perhaps it’s more accessible globally to buy the new “Tomb Raider” at a store than to digitally download. It could be that there was more in-store advertising, or perhaps the game that got its start before digital downloads were possible has a loyal fan-base that still likes having a tangible copy of what they pay for. After waiting months for the highly anticipated installment to the Raider’s series fans jumped to grab a copy of the game off of retail shelves. Regardless of the reason for “Tomb Raider”’s success it seems Square Enix was right to push the game back so far. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder.