This just in: Crystal Dynamics makes terrible decisions.
The next Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive, Crystal Dynamics explains why
Rise of the Tomb Raider, the next game in the reboot of the storied franchise, will be an Xbox exclusive, Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison announced at Gamescom today.
The game is coming Holiday 2015 exclusively to Xbox, he said. It’s unclear how long that exclusivity will last.
The PS3 version of Tomb Raider sold more than the 360 version. The numbers: 1.71 million to 2.22 million. That’s a 500,000 copy difference or roughly 30% sales difference. Throw in the 270,000 PC copies sold, and you’ll see that of the total 4.2 million copies of Tomb Raider that were sold, roughly 245% more copies were sold on PC and PS3 than on 360, or roughly 2.5 times as many.
Looking at Definitive Edition sales, we see that about 170,000 of them were XBone sales while 460,000 were PS4 sales. We’re looking at sales roughly 270% or 2.7 times higher on the PS4 than X1…that’s a big number! If we add up all sales for the two editions among the five consoles, we see that Xbox sales are roughly 1.88 million, all other sales are around 2.95 million for a grand total of 4.83 million copies. If I’ve done the math right, that means that a paltry 39% of Tomb Raider sales were on Xbox consoles… yikes.
So I hope Crystal Dynamics collected more than the game was worth from Microsoft in order for them to snag this exclusive for all the Bros out there to not play on the XBone.
I knew they were cutting major sales, but I didn’t know the numbers were like THIS. Bad decision indeed.