The reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise has been a major success, shipping 3.4 million copies in its first month. Even though Square Enix weren’t entirely happy with the sales, the strong reception from fans and critics means we’re getting a sequel.
The sequel was hinted at last week when it was announced there would be a comic book series by Dark Horse to bridge the gap between the end of the last game and a potential follow up.
Today, Square Enix’s Western CEO Phil Rogers announced in an open letter that the team has been working on a sequel for some time already.In the opening paragraph he mentions:
I am also excited to reveal that we are well into development on a next-generation Tomb Raider sequel – something you may have heard about recently!
For those of you concerned about Square Enix’s growing disconnect with it’s fans over recent years, fear not. Phil Rogers also mentioned that over the last few months he had been “building a senior team in the Americas and Europe to support our new and evolving strategy.” and that they are “not abandoning core, triple-A console and PC games”.
Hopefully this means things will be back on track. We’ll find out soon, as he also promised:
We plan to share a fuller title release plan with you soon on games ranging from next-gen blockbusters (the above mentioned Tomb Raider sequel) to new cutting-edge tablet and mobile games (such as the recently released Deus Ex: The Fall), to live and online PC games (our now in beta Heroes & Generals).
We’re glad Square Enix got over their initial disappointment with the sales of the reboot. The game looked incredible on this generation of hardware so it will be exciting to see what the team can do with the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.