Following Tomb Raider Underworld
's under performance, Eidos is considering a reboot for its top franchise.
Speaking to The Times
Robert Brent, the chief financial officer at Eidos, said, "We need to look at everything, as we develop the next game. Look at how Batman
changed successfully, from the rather sad character of the Michael Keaton era to the noir style of The Dark Knight
Crikey! Robert Bent appears to be taking a lead from SPOnG itself - see our review of Legend
This comes as Crystal Dynamics, the developer behind Underworld
, has been forced to cut staff. "We have increased the focus on the Tomb Raider
franchise at Crystal Dynamics, regrettably this has resulted in the reduction in headcount", an Eidos representative stated. The headcount of those made unemployed is reportedly at 30.
Commenting on Underworld's lacklustre US sales
Brent said, “Europe was fine, but America was not as anticipated. You would normally expect Tomb Raider sales to be split half and half between Europe and North America, but this time America was considerably below that.”The Times
also quotes Piers Harding-Rolls, an analyst at Screen Digest, as saying, “Lara is still looked on with affection in Britain and Europe, but sequels don’t necessarily go on for ever. The market in America is very competitive and if a game is not selling, retailers simply stop stocking it.” It seems a tad dramatic to suggest that retailers in America might entirely stop selling a Tomb Raider
title, but it's clear that something needs to be done.Sources: