Eurogamer has posted a fascinating interview with Tomb Raider's executive producer Scot Amos, discussing the game's long-awaited ascent to profitability. Despite developer Crystal Dynamic's critically acclaimed reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, the game's release did not achieve the meteoric sales figures (3.5 million in month against expectations of 5 million) that Square Enix hoped would propel the franchise, and the publisher itself, back into the black.
"By the end of last year - Tomb Raider is in the black," Amos revealed. "We've crossed the line of profitability for the last-gen and PC versions."
2013 was a roller coaster year for Square Enix. After a management shakeup designed to counter growing financial problems facing the company, Square Enix apparently returned to form with the reveal of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III at E3 in addition the release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Later this month Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will publish Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PS4 and Xbox One, featuring new physics, character models, and improved environment effects.
"This was in the bag and on the way even before anything happened with sales expectations or where things were at. We were having this conversation at the end of 2012 when we first heard details and rumours of next-gen consoles."
Both companies have confirmed that a sequel to Tomb Raider is in the works, although relatively little else has been revealed. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will launch worldwide in the last week of January.
Audiophiles rejoice; the latest soundtrack from Square Enix's hit MMO, Final Fantasy XIV, is set for release next month on Bluray music disc. Previous to this Square Enix had released three EP albums with select tracks from the expansion but the full 60 track release will become available on February 24th, 2016 for purchase. Several of the other collected albums...
Square Enix has announced that they are working on a new Dragon Quest game for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. The new title will be named Dragon Quest Builders and it will take place in "Alefgard". The land has been destroyed by the evil Dragonlord and it'll be your task to help rebuild it. The Minecraft-esque "block-make...
The third episode of Life is Strange is coming out tomorrow and Square Enix has released a new trailer. In this episode Max and Chloe’s investigation into Rachel Amber’s disappearance lead them to break into Blackwell Academy after dark, to search for answers. Secrets will be uncovered and Max will find another use for her power.