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'Tomb Raider' a sales flop, despite shifting 3.4 million

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Tomb Raider failed to meet Square Enix sales targets, despite shifting 3.4 million units, it has been revealed.

The performance of recent Square Enix titles such as Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution has seen the company post "extraordinary" losses for the current financial year, results that have led to major restructuring efforts and the resignation of company president Yoichi Wada.

Tomb Raider multiplayer

© Square Enix

Tomb Raider misses sales targets



According to the latest figures posted by the company, Sleeping Dogs has sold 1.75 million units, while Hitman: Absolution shifted 3.6 million copies.

The games performed particularly badly in North America, where the sales force was described as "ineffective".

"Despite the high critical acclaim, [the games] failed to meet each target. In particular North America sales force was ineffective, ending up with two-thirds of number of units sold in Europe," reads a Square Enix report.

"Moreover, price pressure was strong, which forced spending additional channel costs such as price protection."

'Tomb Raider' screenshot

© Square Enix



Released earlier this month, the new Tomb Raider is an origin story, where Lara Croft finds herself shipwrecked on a hostile island in a story that shapes her into the heroine seen in the original games.

The game broke series sales records at launch, becoming the biggest-selling launch of 2013 so far.

It is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

> Read Digital Spy's Tomb Raider review

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