Square Enix have discussed with investors the sales of Shadow Of The Tomb Raider.

Square Enix recently held a Q&A with investors where they teased a MAJOR release before the end of 2019. However, in addition to sparking interest in E3 for a potential showing of either the Final Fantasy 7 remake or The Avengers Project, Square Enix also discussed Shadow Of The Tomb Raider‘s sales.

In response to a query about Shadow Of The Tomb Raider’s sales, Square Enix responded by acknowledging that it “got off to a weak start”, but still shipped “4.12 million units as of the end of 3Q”. As for why it initially underperformed, Square Enix reckons it wasn’t “novel enough”:

“We think the main reason is that we were unable to provide an experience that was novel enough that players would choose to buy them [Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and Just Cause 4] before any of the other numerous major titles on the competitive landscape.”

There’s no doubt Square Enix let Shadow Of The Tomb Raider down by releasing it in the same month as Marvel’s Spider-Man. Despite the developer’s confidence in the British archaeologist’s status as a video game icon, the tussle was always going to be a one-sided affair with anything made by Marvel guaranteed to hog the spotlight.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider was an enjoyable romp that failed to transform the modern Lara Croft into the dual-wielding badass we all know and love. Hopefully her next adventure will incorporate more of the old with some of the new.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. There’s a mod that recaptures Lara’s sex appeal from Rise Of The Tomb Raider, and Square Enix has released a new DLC costume that thankfully doesn’t involve flip-flops.