Microsoft Grabs Rise of the Tomb Raider in Xbox Exclusive - Update

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Microsoft Grabs Rise of the Tomb Raider in Xbox Exclusive - Update

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Microsoft revealed at Gamescom that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox exclusive.

Update: Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division, confirmed Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed exclusive for Xbox. It will launch holiday 2015 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. After the exclusivity deal ends, publisher Square Enix is free to do what it will with the game and the Tomb Raider franchise. Spencer did not comment on how long this exclusivity deal will last.

Original story: Rise of the Tomb Raider, the upcoming sequel to the rebooted Tomb Raider, will be an Xbox exclusive, Microsoft revealed this morning. The announcement comes from Gamescom as a surprise as many assumed the sequel would be available on multiple platforms like its predecessor.

Developer Crystal Dynamics released a statement explaining why the studio believes an Xbox-only release "is the best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel." Crystal Dynamics head of studios Darrell Gallagher wrote, "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."

Gallagher later stated Crystal Dynamics doesn't mean to walk away from Tomb Raider fans who only play on PlayStation or PC. He indicated Lara Craft and the Temple of Osiris will be available on PC this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4 in addition to Xbox One.

This is a good steal for Microsoft, as it looks like PlayStation's getting the leftovers; however, this is unfortunate news for anyone without an Xbox One who was looking forward to Rise of the Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics nor Microsoft have revealed if this will be a timed or permanent exclusive. It wouldn't be the first or hardly the last time for a company to fudge what "exclusivity" means. The move is a strange one, considering Square Enix stated Tomb Raider underperformed in sales. Even so, the PS4 version of Tomb Raider had double the sales over the Xbox One version in the UK.

Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on the Xbox One for the 2015 holidays. The game was first announced at E3 during Microsoft's presentation.

Source: Crystal Dynamics (Tumblr)

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Most likely timed exclusive. Well its a property war right now. Seems both Sony and Microsoft are snagging up as many exclusive deals as they can.

Ryse and Dead Rising 3 were "Exclusive" as well (Maybe it's just games with "Rise" in the title?). I'm still going to play this on the PC. The only thing that's changed is I wont be paying full price for it. See you when you're on a Steam Super Sale. I doubt it will take long.

If this isn't a timed exclussive I'm ready to officially declare Square Enix mentally insane. Unless Microsoft gave them the biggest shitton of money, and for a lower tier IP like Tomb Raider that seems doubtful.

Like others have said, it's a timed exclusive. Everything about it smells of timed exclusive.

ok so tomb raider have a cross platform fan base and now they go exclusive to xbox. how those that make sense beside the money from M$

This better be a timed exclusive. I really enjoyed the last Tomb Raider and was looking forward to this one.

Microsoft,man. So annoying.

I have seen some utter bizarre and bonkers decisions that just baffles the mind in it's making. But this has to be right up there with vibrating harry potter broomstick for the under 10's.

Boy I can't wait to see Sony or someone do this with Sony and no one call them out on it.

Developer Crystal Dynamics released a statement explaining why the studio believes an Xbox-only release "is the best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel."

Any statement that doesn't mention how much Microsoft is paying them isn't explaining why they think it's "the best thing for Tomb Raider."

Time to hold another game hostage again.

This is seriously getting ridiculous now. Buying a whole new system just for a new game. Is this another "sin" in the gaming industry?

Sounds like a great idea to hit those sales targets, halving your market means double the sales and doubling your sales means ten times the profit. 5 million units sold, guaranteed!

I really do hope this is timed and not Squeenix making a massive fuck up that they will later blame on PC piracy or something.

I'm looking forward to playing this as "Rise of The Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition" on my PC.

lol.

Wave bye-bye to your sales targets then. Even if it's a timed exclusive this will still cost them.

luvd1:
I have seen some utter bizarre and bonkers decisions that just baffles the mind in it's making. But this has to be right up there with vibrating harry potter broomstick for the under 10's.

Lmao wat?

Yeah people are freaking out over this (kinda like how they freaked over Bayonetta 2) but in this case even if Crystal Dynamics won't hint at future plans I'm confident this will see a PC and Sony release. There's just too much money at stake and Square Enix was already anxious enough with the first Tomb Raider bringing in cash. I rarely get new games at launch anyway so it makes no difference to me.

luvd1:
I have seen some utter bizarre and bonkers decisions that just baffles the mind in it's making. But this has to be right up there with vibrating harry potter broomstick for the under 10's.

My bet is like with Dead Rising 3 the only reason Rise of Tomb Raider is being made is that Microsoft is helping fund it quite heavily and they want their money's worth in a timed exclusive before other platforms see it.

So presumably Microsoft have got their cheque book out and handed Squenix enough of the development budget for them no longer to care about the final sales number in regards to whether or not the game makes them a profit.

Considering how well this went with Titanfall (as in, not very at all) it seems odd that Microsoft are so keen to try again, with a single player game that will no doubt be ported to everything else in a couple of years time (see: Mass Effect). Although this time they seem to have gone full possessive little brother and banned Tomb Raider even from PC land, which might help?

I've heard it might be so Microsoft have someone to fight Sony's client Uncharted at next years Summerslam or whatever time they'll both be releasing. If so than it'll be sad considering how experienced a performer Tomb Raider is to see them get jobbed out to Uncharted like that, heck it may well be a squash.

Tomb raider helped get Uncharted over when they were together, but now what was the least popular performer of the two is going to make the other tap out at every encounter (So Tomb Raider is Cesaro, Uncharted Swagger?).
Taking Microsoft as a manager is just a big mistake as Uncharted has a better manager who won't suck all the interest in you away and make you plummet down the card.

Anyway, its a timed exclusive as everyone and their moms know at this point. They'll suffer bad sales and put it on the PC, if not the PS4 within the year they release. Sony to be spiteful may well do that policy where they'll require the game to be "upgraded" in some way just to spite Enix and Microsoft.

Shadow-Phoenix:
Boy I can't wait to see Sony or someone do this with Sony and no one call them out on it.

There would at least be some logic behind a decision like that, not so much here.

After Ryse and Dead Rising 3, I doubt this will stay an exclusive for very long.

I also doubt Square Enix would ignore the much bigger PS4 install base.

EDIT-I'm watching the Jim live stream on the main page, and he just erupted in a stream of "fucks" when he heard this news XD

Even if it's just a timed exclusive, fuck Microsoft and Square Enix. Seriously.

I pre-ordered the goddamn Collector's Edition for PC last time around and consider this a nasty stab in my back.

Given all the other third-party "exclusives" that have gone on to become multi-plat, I wonder if long-term exclusivity is dependent on sales figures?

Square Enix complains about Tomb Raider "only" selling around 4 million copies.

So they make an exclusive deal with a system that has sold roughly 4-5 million period.

Yeah... this makes zero business sense.

I'm getting a whiff of the Gamecube Resident Evil exclusive deal. That didn't exactly work out for anyone.

Trishbot:
Square Enix complains about Tomb Raider "only" selling around 4 million copies.

So they make an exclusive deal with a system that has sold roughly 4-5 million period.

Yeah... this makes zero business sense.

I'm getting a whiff of the Gamecube Resident Evil exclusive deal. That didn't exactly work out for anyone.

That's kind of amazing, when you look at the numbers like that. :D

On the plus side, RE4 has appeared on basically every platform since, so that's not a bad omen!

Timed exclusive.

No way will it get enough sales on the Xbox One. Even with the money MS will give (besides, more is better :P ). It will get ported to PC and PS4.

most likely a timed exclusive, the previous game barely broken even accross 5 platforms, hell that game sold more copies than the total amount of xbox ones sold thus far, at worst, the game could mean a huge blow to the developer, a la ryse, at best, the game will perform well, but the publisher will still port the game, atleast to PC, to get more sales, a la dead rising 3

i hope the people that say timed are right and that it'll even be good at all

So, new Tomb Raider reboot in 2020 after this game has horrible sales, and no third Tomb Raider game will be made.

Way to screw over your Playstation fans, Squeenix.

I'm unnverved by this from a fan perspective. I've played every Tomb Raider game since 1996 on my PC. It's been there forever, this is just a slap to the face.

However, even beyond that point, there simply aren't enough Xbox One's out there to justify this. By the time this game is released, at most, there will be 6-7 million consoles out there. I honestly don't think Lara is a system seller, as big as she is, and I don't really think the Xbox One exclusivity, timed or otherwise, will help with the sales expectation Squeenix has, which we now know is bonkers.

Kmadden2004:
Given all the other third-party "exclusives" that have gone on to become multi-plat, I wonder if long-term exclusivity is dependent on sales figures?

yes it is

if it sells poorly like Ryse, port it to other platforms

if it sells good like Dead Rising 3... port it to other platforms

huh...

Well I guess I'll see Lara grace the 2016 Steam Summer Sale then, just like Dead Rising 3.

Nowhere Man:

luvd1:
I have seen some utter bizarre and bonkers decisions that just baffles the mind in it's making. But this has to be right up there with vibrating harry potter broomstick for the under 10's.

Lmao wat?

Mattel released a HP Nimbus 2000 that kids could pretend to ride between their legs which vibrated.

OK, seriously. Does the board at Square Enix just have a death wish?

You can't say that a game didn't sell enough despite being the bestselling in the series, and then make the sequel an exclusive for the least popular console...

This doesn't make me want to buy an Xbox One, it just means that I won't be purchasing the new Tomb Raider. Although, given the xbone's current history with third party exclusives I'll probably pick this up when it hits PC in 2016.

I really have to question exactly how this is the best decision. There is no way that Microsoft can pay them enough to match the sales they would get from PC and PS4, plus given the xbone is the lowest selling of the platforms the last game was on, expecting something a 60%+ attachment rate is insane.

Even if it's not a time exclusive... it's a timed exclusive. All of the so called Microsoft exclusives have been released on other systems because there just isn't enough XBox One's floating around. And the one's that are won't be definitive sales. On the other hand, it's a holiday 2015 release, so it's safe to assume there will be more in circulation by that time. I just don't think they can have a "success" with a single console release. Especially when the first one under performed. As time goes on, I have ever dying respect for Squenix.

Shadow-Phoenix:
Boy I can't wait to see Sony or someone do this with Sony and no one call them out on it.

If Sony takes a beloved childhood series that's been on PC for ages and suddenly makes it PS4 exclusive, you better believe I'll be calling them out on it.

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