This news may seem a little weird considering that Square Enix called out Tomb Raider for its “weak sales” of 3.4 million at retail during Fiscal Year 2013, but Darrell Gallagher, Studio Head at Crystal Dynamics, called Tomb Raider not only the best launch in the franchise, but also of 2013:
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. 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.
Joystiq then talked to Gallagher directly about how Tomb Raider failed to meet Square Enix’s expectations, yet Crystal Dynamics is happy:
Actuals and expectations, I guess, are two slightly different things. What I’m telling you is the actuals, and they’re communicating expectations.
If you want to help increase the sales of Tomb Raider a little bit, the European PSN is discounting the game to €29.99/£19.99 until 11:59AM on March 31st.
Do you think that BioShock Infinite will be the new biggest launch of 2013 when its first week is all said and done? Or can Tomb Raider hold the crown? Let us know in the comments below.