Square Enix has said in the past that the sales of Tomb Raider, among several of its games, were below what they had expected.
They've now revealed just how much they were expecting to sell, and it's an incredible number...
The initial estimate was for 5-6 million units sold during the game's first month, but that was a conservative estimate; only 80-90% of the "real" sales potential of the game. The total sales in the first month instead were closer to 3.4 million - still a substantial number.
Other games such as Hitman Absolution and Sleeping Dogs also failed to hit their targets, despite selling over 5 million copies between them.
The most surprising thing to note here however is that digital sales are not included in these sales figures; something which boggles the mind even now. Steam even offered TF2 hats, which we all know guarantees at least a few million more sales . Although Steam is hesitant to give out sales numbers to press, they would almost certainly be available to publishers, and the games sold digitally must be worth at least the same as a retail copy.
It does beg the question as to where this money is going if Square Enix aren't apparently getting it. With the prevalence of digital gaming and downloads, I think we'll be seeing Square Enix's sales estimates getting further and further from the retail sales in the future.
Do you guys think Tomb Raider hit the sales estimates once you add digital sales? Would you say it was a successful game? Tell us your thoughts.