Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher reported at GDC that the new Tomb Raider topped week one sales for the franchise.
Gallagher spoke at a panel with Tomb Raider’s creative director, Noah Hughes, during which Gallagher also stated that Tomb Raider’s launch was the most successful videogame launch so far in 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,” said Gallagher. “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.”
Gallagher’s sentiments are, unfortunately, at odds with publisher Square Enix’s. The company reported disappointment with Tomb Raider’s sales, as well as Sleeping Dogs and Hitman Absolution’s. This is partly what drove president Yoicha Wada to resign recently and Square Enix to consider more company restructuring.
When asked about the disparate perspectives between Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Noah Hughes told Joystiq, “Certainly we’re proud of what we achieved, and I think for the most part, the whole organization is happy with what we did.”
“Actuals and expectations, I guess, are two slightly different things,” Gallagher added. “What I’m telling you is the actuals, and they’re communicating expectations.”