Rise of the Tomb Raider.


Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix’s reboot of the Tomb Raider series back in 2013 was not only received well by gamers but critics alike, praising both developer and publisher for their work. The mood towards both was very different yesterday however as Square Enix announced, completely out of the blue that the next instalment of the Tomb Raider series, Rise of the Tomb Raider, unveiled for the first time at this year’s E3 would now be coming to the XBox One exclusively.
“Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.” Said head of Crystal Dynamics Darrell Gallagher before adding,
“This doesn’t mean that we’re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4.”
While Mr. Gallagher may stress Crystal Dynamics aren’t walking away from PlayStation or PC fans they’re unlikely to see things quite the same way, even if as some sites and fans have have suggested the exclusivity deal turns out to be timed, PlayStation or PC fans are likely to feel hard done by for some time. XBox One owners meanwhile will likely find themselves on cloud nine at the news that they now have an exclusive answer to Uncharted 4 which is likely to launch on the PS4 at around the same time.

Rise of the Tomb Raider.

2 thoughts on “Rise of the Tomb Raider.

  1. Someone from Microsoft eventually admitted that it is a timed exclusive, but they didn’t reveal the duration. It’s an odd move given that Square complained the last TR game didn’t sell enough copies. Why make it exclusive to the console that has sold the least hardware then?

    1. I don’t really get Square’s thinking here either but I’m guessing Microsoft just offered them so much money they couldn’t say no. As for admitting the exclusivity was timed well, just how much foot can a company like Microsoft get in their mouth? It would be funny if it wasn’t happening every time they make an announcement.

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