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Ex-Square Enix boss forecast Tomb Raider to sell 5-6 million units

Square Enix expected Tomb Raider to sell 5-6 million copies, according to departing company president Yoichi Wada.

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majiebeast1268d ago

For a reboot? This guy is so out of touch with reality.

"In the same way, game quality and Metacritic scores led us to believe that Hitman had the potential to sell 4.5-5 million units, and 5-6 million units for Tomb Raider in European/North American and Japanese markets combined."

Baseing sales figures on metacritic /facepalm.

zeal0us1268d ago

Some of these CEOs have some unrealistic expectations.
Regardless of what Wada expected, Tomb Raider sold pretty well imho.

Seraphim1268d ago (Edited 1268d ago )

I'd hate to say all but considering the time.... unrealistic expectations or not the simple fact is that games aren't selling nearly anywhere close to where they should. Price Point? Cash Strapped Consumers? I think a lot of factors can go into this. Personally my priorities have shifted and I've been unwilling to buy every single game under the sun anymore for $60... I think anyone projecting sales figures has an incredibly difficult task, all things considered, lately.......

Tomb Raider has definitely sold pretty well and it will only continue to gain sales.....

Baka-akaB1268d ago

He pretty much ran the company like an ostrich , its head in the sand

RememberThe3571268d ago

Adam Sessler nailed it with this video. Video game publishers are moronic sometimes. Metacritic is not the be all end all that it's treated as.

http://youtu.be/kqeiN4pqTjo

ZainabSaccal1268d ago (Edited 1268d ago )

Again and again, he should have been realistic when setting his goals

Sharius1268d ago

maybe his fortune teller said so

ApolloTheBoss1268d ago

Setting the bar a tad too high, my friend.

Jek_Porkins1268d ago

5-6 million is realistic considering it would span two consoles, but had they released on Wii U as well, they might have hit their mark faster.

Not sure why there isn't still a lot of buzz around this game right now, it was simply stunning to play, look at and is my favorite game of this year. If you haven't played it I recommend it highly. Amazing!

oof461268d ago

3rd party games are flopping on the Wii U. It would have just added to the minus column in their financials due to development costs.

Jek_Porkins1268d ago

There isn't a huge install base at the moment, but Wii U owners are starved for games, it could have sold a million easy in my opinion, I guess we will never know, but I think people would have bought it.

oof461268d ago

@Jek Porkins: 3rd party mulitplatform games are not doing good on the Wii U, because people are buying them on other platforms. It's why Activision lamented putting BO II on the Wii U and why multiple publishers are skipping it. The majority of people who bought the Wii U did so for Nintendo exclusives. It's almost the Wii all over again.

Baka-akaB1267d ago (Edited 1267d ago )

One million is way optimistic . It probably wouldnt hit a quarter of that .Last i checked not even zombie u , the rabbid rabbits or Just dance are even close to a million .

Besides people , myself , included , would have instead the wii u version feature good enough exclusive features with the tablet .

Not necessarily good for costs . But I agree and believe that it would at least help smooth sales further or at least the game's already great media exposure .

GABRIEL10301267d ago

C'mon 5 millions, maybe for a AAA game with a lot of fans like Halo, COD, Battlefield, GTA or Gran Turismo, but for Tomb Raider?. The game is great but was a surprise for everyone and a few people was preordered the game. Even so the game has nice sales¡

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