Some of the biggest hits of the year for gamers are Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution, but during its 2013 annual report, Square Enix said that these three games are considered "commercial failures."
Square Enix has said before that these games failed to meet their sales targets, and have been labeled as failures. Considering Tomb Raider sold over 4 million units in the first 6 months of release, this should come as a surprise to most. Square Enix does have someone to blame for these issues, and that's the home console market. The report states:
In the HD games category, we delivered three major titles in the fiscal year under review, primarily in Europe and North America. These titles-Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution, and Tomb Raider-failed to reach their respective targets, and resulted in financially unsatisfactory consequences, whereas the HD business in Japan remained strong through sales of the Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest VII: Eden no Senshitachi (Warriors of Eden) and others.
The company does state that these games were a success in terms of game development, they just didn't sell as many copies as they had wished.