WoW surpassed 2M? There goes my theory that MMO's aren't mass market. I'm kind of in shock.
And I'll try not to get too excited to hear that Toby Gard is back on Tomb Raider. Since I am apparently one of the only people in the world who loved Galleon, it might be difficult. On the other hand, Toby isn't known for shipping games on time and Eidos is claiming that they're going to give this new Tomb Raider all the time it needs so I'm guessing we won't be seeing it for a couple of years anyhow. Also, Crystal Dynamics made the terrible mistake of allowing Andrei Pokrovsky to leave them a few years ago, (after which he joined Treyarch and kicked insane amounts of ass) which could be a sign that there's something fundamentally wrong there somehow. Keep your awesome programmers happy, people.
Some people may have written Tomb Raider off completely. I was talking to a Crystal Dynamics guy at the last GDC and he wasn't sure Eidos would be able to resurrect Lara. I think it's always possible to resurrect a dead franchise. Spider-Man is actually an example of that: after the Clone saga, when Ben Reilly replaced Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the comic series, sales of Spider-Man comics were mediocre. Killing off Ben Reilly, bringing back Peter Parker, denying that whole clone thing ever happened, didn't seem to help. A lot of people considered Spider-Man pretty much over. And then a certain movie came out...
(I'm hoping Batman Begins will do the same for Batman. It's getting pretty good reviews. Fingers crossed.)
Side note: I have read a metric assload of Spider-Man comics, and I actually liked the clone saga. It may have been sick and wrong to bring that sort of Alan Moore Swamp Thing sensibility to the happy-and-bright Spider-Man series (Peter Parker's shock at finding out he's a clone mirroring the Swamp Thing's shock at finding out he's a vegetable)...but I like sick and wrong. J. M. deMatteis is, in fact, my 4th favorite Spider-Man writer, after Lee, Bendis, and Straczynski.