Both Microsoft and Square Enix were very pleased with the sales of Rise of the Tomb Raider after the timed-exclusive launched for the Xbox One to the tune of “well over 1 million units” in its first month. However, I take it that only Square Enix is going to be pleased with the PC sales.
Superdata, a research group specializing in digital sales, has published a report which states the PC copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider fared much better than its console counterpart. Superdata states:
“[It] sold almost three times as many units than it did on console during its first month.”
Superdata doesn’t blame the smaller install base of the Xbox One for this difference, but rather, it blames less competition on the AAA scene. Rise of the Tomb Raider launched for the Xbox One on the same day as Fallout 4, and that probably dissuaded more than a few people from picking up Crystal Dynamics’ latest.
The report gives a rough estimate of somewhere between three to four million copies in the first month. Rise of the Tomb Raider is still scheduled to come to the PlayStation 4 this holiday season, and it is sure to enjoy another jump in sales when that happens.