Rise of the Tomb Raider sells nearly three times as many digital copies on PC as on Xbox One in its first month

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Update 26 Feb, 2016: A previous version of the article incorrectly stated the PC version had sold in excess of 3 million, based on the combined physical and digital sales of the Xbox One version, which exceeded 1 million. Superdata’s figures are based on digital sales only.

Original Story 26 Feb, 2016: Launching alongside Fallout 4 and being exclusive to Xbox One didn’t help Rise of the Tomb Raider’s sales during its initial month, but its appearance on PC in January has apparently given the game a boost, according to a report from a research group. In its first month on sale Lara’s latest adventure sold almost triple the number of digital copies it managed during the same time-frame on Microsoft’s console.

Rise of the Tomb Raider deserves to fly – it’s made its way onto our list of the best PC games of 2016.

Square Enix haven’t revealed exact sales data, but the company did say sales of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One had surpassed 1 million sales, but it is unclear what portion of these were digital. Whatever portion of that figure digital sales are, though, PC sold triple within the same period.

Whether this means it’s done well or not is a different matter because it looks like a ridiculously expensive game – I mean, it made our list of the best looking PC games.

The PC sales news comes from research group Superdata, who said: “As one of Square Enix’s most visible franchises, the Tomb Raider franchise performed in January, receiving both strong industry recognition and benefiting from a seasonal lull of triple-A games. Initial sales numbers on digital console for Rise of the Tomb Raider were soft, due to sharing its release date with Fallout 4 and its exclusivity to Xbox One. The game sold almost three times as many units on PC than it did on console during its first month.”

If you’re still not sold on Lara’s latest expedition, see what our Fraser said in his Rise of the Tomb Raider port review.