‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Team Didn’t Intend Exclusivity Confusion

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Exclusivity Confusion Not Intended

When Microsoft first announced Rise of the Tomb Raider as an Xbox exclusive fans were sent into a frenzy. While many had expected Sony and Microsoft to match each other blow for blow with new features and first party exclusives, few expected that third party titles might also be on the table.

And as it turns out, those suspicions were partially true, as Rise of the Tomb Raider was later revealed to be a timed exclusive for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, not an outright exclusive. The title will hit Microsoft’s platforms first in 2015, but it will eventually hit PC and PlayStation some time later.

However, with the issue now made clearer, many are wondering why there was so much initial confusion. Why didn’t Crystal Dynamics or publisher Square Enix come out and confirm Rise of the Tomb Raider was also coming to PS4 and PC sooner, rather then let gamers picket their game before it ever came out.

According to Crystal Dynamics, they never expected there would be any confusion. They thought that it was important to put the focus on announcing Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s Xbox exclusivity without explaining much more than that.

We certainly didn’t intend to cause any confusion with the announcement. The Microsoft Gamescom stage was a great place to make the initial announcement, but not necessarily to go into details.

However, what the developers thought was merely a brief announcement instead turned into a confusing one. Actually, at first gamers were disappointed, angry even, that Rise of the Tomb Raider was skipping the PlayStation and PC platforms, but after learning the exclusivity was timed that disappointment shifted to the confusing nature of the announcement. For that matter, gamers wondered why Tomb Raider had chosen the Xbox One over the PS4, despite Sony’s platform leading current-gen console sales by a wide margin.

Whatever the case may be, Microsoft secured the exclusive and they now have an edge when it comes to 2015 releases. It might not be a significant one, but Microsoft certainly showed their fan base that they are willing to go after the big titles. Potentially even spend money to secure them. According to SCEE President Jim Ryan, that’s not something Sony is willing to do. But they may change their tune if this Rise of the Tomb Raider business sways sales in Microsoft’s favor.

Do you think they should have been more upfront about Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s exclusivity deal? Has the exclusivity deal hurt your interest in the game?

Rise of the Tomb Raider releases for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2015.


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TAGS: Crystal Dynamics, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Square Enix, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360, Xbox One


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  3. In a way it’s a good marketing strategy. Uncharted 4 is expected in 2015 and putting Tombraider out at a later date for PS4 means that they won’t be in direct competition and will then make sales releasing after Uncharteds sales have died down.

  4. Why are we pretending this is anything other than what it is? The people who actually programmed and put together the game clearly had nothing to do with this decision. This was told to them the same way it was told to us, and this was done because MS is desperate to have something exclusive that will compete with Sony, so they cut a giant check to create false exclusivity. Everyone loses.

    On top of that, I think they picked Tomb Raider specifically not just because it’s quasi-Uncharted-esque but because the first one did better on PS and they wanted to make it hurt. But that’s just my opinion.

  5. They didn’t say that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be coming to other consoles, just that they had a “timed deal” with Microsoft. That could mean anything from this game is timed, this title is only for Xbox the next one will be for every console, we will be making games only for Xbox for the next 5 years.
    You guys are leaving out the actual comment and making a lot of assumptions based on what they actually said. If anyone wants to know just search for Tomb Raider in News and see what Square/Crystal actually said.

  6. Hilarious. I bet they made this deal around the time Tomb Raider DE released for XBOne and PS4. Back at that time no one would have expected XBone to be selling this terribly bad. And no one would have expected PS4 to sell more than twice as many.

    Square-Enix will learn from this mistake. Hopefully they don’t go broke in the process by missing out on all the millions they would sell on PS4.

  7. Hell yeah it changes my interest in the game. tomb raider started on PC and playstation before xbox was even a thing, this is completely ridiculous. I have been a tomb raider fan for 18 years, congratulations on ruining for me Microsoft.

  8. The team didn’t intend exclusivity confusion but picked up Microsoft big bags of money anyways. Seriously no one is that blind, this is purely damage control to cover their bs.

  9. Oh, and Sony is completely innocent and never tossed out huge bags of cash for exclusive games and dlc.

  10. F*** Microsoft they are failing at selling there Xbox 1 and they will continue to fail they suck it’s not that hard to figure out and it’s complete bs that they feel they have to take tomb raider to actually still be able to compete against playstation

  11. The fight is with playstation. Microsoft should leave pc out of it.

  12. So I finished the 2013 reboot not long ago, had an amazing time of it, and I really wanted a sequel. I then find out that:
    a) there is one.
    b) Microsoft is distributing it.
    c) Microsoft is distributing it and it’s NOT going to be on PC.


    So no. My interest in the game hasn’t changed, my interest in Microsoft has. Luckily, I’ve got a 360 lying around from, what? 4-5 years ago? Time to play cutting edge games on a potato.

    Logic!! They bought it on e-bay. Good lord…

  13. When you publish the game on the computer
    Can you tell me at any time will be posted on the Computer

  14. Is the game will be published and downloaded on the computer (PC)

  15. So this means it’s going to be released for pc, but few weeks/ months after it’s release for xbox?

  16. What I don’t understand is the timed against PC gamers. Microsoft proven again they hate their own PC platform. Do you really think I will go out and buy Xbox one for a timed exclusive? Not even HALO:5 will make me jump over to console. PC has too many great shooters to care about HALO. Out of protest I refused to buy Tomb raiders 2014 top down shooter game.

  17. They need to man up and actually explain what’s going on, seriously!
    Well there is a chance it will pass to ps4 and 3, after all it is coming to 360 and I’ve never seen a one exclusive on 360.
    This will hurt Square Enix in the money department, all of their fan base is on and always has been on ps, the sales on this will be horrendous, nobody is gonna buy a 700 dollar system just to play a game, and we all know that’s what microsoft wants.
    I went from 360 to ps4 and I’m proud of it :)
    I’m really glad I did before finding out what penny pinching lying wee babs microsoft is, they rip off ps games without shame, I mean direct copies! Of games ps makes themselves, THEMSELVES, and microsoft bribes company’s to make it for them ugh!
    Sony is really nice not to haul their asses to court lol

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