1 Tough competition
The game was released at a time where strong titles such as Fallout 4 were released on the Xbox. Many believe that the tough competition led to lower sales. See why Fallout games are so popular.
2 Exclusivity to Microsoft
The game was initially released exclusive to Microsoft's Xbox. Some people argued that the game could have sold more at its release if it was released on all platforms.
3 Very low initial sales
The game has initially sold 60K copies. Square enix commented that this could be considered a failure.
4 Bad timing
The game is believed to have been released in a bad timing and this is why it initially sold a small number of copies.
5 Bad sales compared to previous game
The previous release of the game released in 2013 sold 186,000 copies in the first week. As sales were three times lower than the previous game people assumed that the game was a failure. See why tomb Raider definitive edition is good.
6 People decided to buy Fallout 4 first
Many suggest that players decided to buy fallout 4 first then later on when more money was avail some people bought rise of the tomb raider. This is believed to be one of the reasons that sales caught up later.
7 People had higher expectations
Both developers and Gamers had a higher expectation for the initial sales of the game. As the sales came lower many considered the game a failure.
8 It was a timed exclusive
The XBox had taken Rise of the Tomb Raider as a timed exclusive. It was released on the 10th of November 2015 on XBox 360 and XBox One before its release on PlayStation on the 11th of October.
9 PlayStation users didn't play it
Rise of the Tomb Raider was supposed to produce better sales; however, it was not released on PlayStation 4 until a 11 months had passed. By that time, a lot of PlayStation gamers had already forgotten about it.
10 Xbox players prefer shooter games
Xbox players are more familiar with shooter games rather than adventure and puzzle games like Rise of the Tomb Raider. This has led to the drop in sales in the beginning.