Cyberbabe Lara Croft and a hitman have put computer games publisher SCi Enter-tainment on course for annual trading profits of at least £25 million.
The forecast for the year to June 30 came despite losses of £12.8 million in the first six months of the period, after a poor schedule for new releases and the impact of the acquisition of rival Eidos hit the company.
In a trading update, SCi yesterday said it expected to meet market expectations for a trading profit of around £25 million in the last financial year, which itself was upgraded by the City from £22 million in May.
The upturn in fortunes has been driven by its top performing new titles, with sales exceeding internal expectations.
Tomb Raider Legend, the seventh game featuring daredevil adventurer Lara Croft, sold more than 2.9 million copies since its launch in April.
SCi got its hands on the Tomb Raider franchise after swallowing up rival Eidos in a £74 million deal last year.
Hitman Blood Money shifted 1.5 million units over a five week period to June 30, and was number one in all the firm's key territories.
The company also scored a success with Championship Manager 2006/07 and enjoyed strong revenues from a deal to distribute Lego Star Wars, which sold 3.5 million copies.
The group's other major releases in the year included Total Overdose, Conflict Global Storm, Commandos Strike Force, Rogue Trooper and Urban Chaos. SCi said that all had achieved top ten chart positions.
Chief executive Jane Cavanagh said: "We are delighted with the progress that the group has made during the year and the successful programme of product launches.
"Looking forward, we have an even more extensive port-folio of new products to come to market and are therefore optimistic about the group's prospects for the future."
SCi has 19 new product launches planned for 2007 including Tomb Raider 10th Anniversary, Lego Bionicle and Reservoir Dogs.
A deal has also been struck with Warner Brothers Inter-active to distribute the games Justice League Heroes, Tom and Jerry and 300 March to Glory.
Robert Brent, an analyst at KBC Peel Hunt, said: "2005/06 has been a success. Eidos has been integrated and a broad portfolio of games has been released leading to a strong set of results in line with our revised expectations.
"The performance is in contrast to SCi's peers where profit expectations are in retreat." Shares closed down 10p at 465p