‘Tomb Raider’ delay hits gamemaker stox

Eidos met deadline in U.S. but not in Europe

Shares of vidgame maker Eidos Interactive fell Friday after the company announced that it won’t make profit forecasts for the year due to delays in delivering its latest “Tomb Raider” title.

The British company’s stock fell nearly 6% after it said it wouldn’t be able to completely ship “Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness” by June 30, the final day of its current financial year.

Eidos met the deadline in the U.S. but not in Europe, affecting its 2003 pre-tax profits. Game is expected to ship in Europe sometime in early July.

“Angel of Darkness,” the ninth installment in the “Tomb Raider” game franchise, was already delayed by seven months.

Delay still times the release of the game with Paramount’s live-action adventure “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” which bows in July with Angelina Jolie reprising the title role.

“While some units may ship within the current financial year, up to 1 million units will ship in July, the first month of the next financial year,” Eidos said in a statement.

Company did not disclose its new pre-tax projections for 2003, although analysts had estimated Eidos would ring up record sales of up to $300 million.

Globally, Eidos plans to ship between 1.5 million and 2.5 million units of the new “Tomb Raider” game, playable only on Sony’s PlayStation 2 console and PCs.

U.S. shares of Eidos closed Friday at $2.10, down 13¢ or nearly 6%.

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