Crystal Dynamics announced at GDC that Tomb Raider set a franchise record for the biggest opening week sales. The conference was attended by Joystiq. It is also the biggest launch in 2013 to date.
"It's been the biggest week one sales in franchise history, and we're only a few weeks into that launch right now, and it's been the biggest opening so far in 2013," said Gallagher, the Crystal Dynamics studio head. "So, we're happy with the outcome. It's certainly in a place where we feel like we're on the road to achieving everything we wanted to."
Square Enix had originally said that launch sales for the title were below expectations. The panel was asked about this.
"Certainly we're proud of what we achieved, and I think for the most part, the whole organization is happy with what we did,"said creative director Noah Hughes.
"Actuals and expectations, I guess, are two slightly different things. What I'm telling you is the actuals, and they're communicating expectations," added Gallagher.
Tomb Raider sold more than now million units worldwide at retail in its first week, according to VGChartz. The PlayStation 3 version sold the most units, with 538,224 copies sold, with the Xbox 360 version sold 478,680. The PC version lagged behind with sales of 74,545.