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Total sales of Tomb Raider franchise games have exceeded 95 million copies!

Tomb Raider has cemented itself as one of the best-selling video game franchises in history. The total sales of all titles in the series about Lara Croft’s adventures are now approaching the 100 million mark.

As spotted by TweakTown, Amazon Games disclosed the data earlier this month after announcing that it will be publishing a new Tomb Raider game from Crystal Dynamics.

The franchise has sold more than 95 million units since the first title came out in 1996, according to a press release. This is seven million copies more than Embracer Group reported after acquiring Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal from Square Enix for €300 million.

Overall, the Tomb Raider franchise has 12 main games and multiple spin-offs. It is worth noting that the reboot trilogy — Tomb Raider (2013), Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider — accounts for nearly half of total sales.

This makes Tomb Raider one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, sitting between the likes of Monster Hunter (88 million units sold), Halo (81 million units sold), Resident Evil (130 million), and The Sims (175 million).

According to TweakTown, Mario remains the best-selling gaming IP with over 776 million units sold globally. It is followed by Tetris (495 million), Pokemon (440 million), Call of Duty (425 million), and GTA (325 million).

The next Tomb Raider game is in the early stages of production right now, so it won’t come out anytime soon. We only know that it will include elements familiar to fans of the series like exploration, puzzles, and action. Crystal Dynamics calls this project “the biggest, most expansive Tomb Raider game to date.”

The title will be published by Amazon Games, with Crystal Dynamics head Scot Amos saying that the studio “has an extraordinary opportunity following our acquisition by Embracer to redefine what a publishing relationship is for Tomb Raider.”


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Illustration: Lara´s face by the artist Leon de Leon.

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