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Rise of the Tomb Raider to be Xbox One exclusive

Sam Loveridge


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UPDATE: Crystal Dynamics has spoken out on the reasons why there will be no Rise of the Tomb Raider for PS4 and PC.

Writing to the Tomb Raider Community in a blog post, Crystal Dynamics has attempted to console gamers who just found out they won't get to play the next Tomb Raider game.

"As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio.

Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. 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.

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.

We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we’ll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we’re going all out to try and make something truly special - the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built."

Original Story: Microsoft has dropped quite the bombshell, in that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox One exclusive when it launches later this year.

The Tomb Raider reboot launched in 2012 was released on PS3 and Xbox 360, with the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition arriving for new-gen consoles earlier this year.

Well that won't be the case for the Rise of the Tomb Raider, as Microsoft has confirmed the title will be an Xbox One exclusive.

The Rise of the Tomb Raider release date has been set as sometime in the Holiday 2015 period, which should see the game arrive before Santa next year.

Crystal Dynamics claims that the new game will see Lara "push herself beyond her limits", and thanks to "the power of the new generation", the developer is "pushing to deliver a game that defines survival action" games.

Along with some no doubt awesome action sequences, Rise of the Tomb Raider will also have Lara "conquer bigger, better and more advanced tombs".

The game will still be set in the more tropical locales, although a specific setting wasn't mentioned during Microsoft's GamesCom 2014 press conference.

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Alex Walsh

August 12, 2014, 1:25 pm

What about the PC version?

Steven Clarke

August 12, 2014, 1:50 pm

Lets hope that it will still come out on PC (as a bunch of XBox exclusives are), and that it isn't 6 months plus after the xbox release date. Microsoft is just throwing money around to try and kick start console sales, which isn't the worst tactic but I do think that paying a publisher to take an old and loved franchise and make it an exclusive is wrong. I loved tomb raider (on the PS) and especially loved the new one (on the PC). I would definitely have been a day one sale if it was multiplatform but I do not own and am not going to buy a XBox just to play it. Really hope that this backfires on the greedy Square Enix. Look at Ryse Son of Rome, which was on XBox exclusive but struggled so much for sales that the sequel will be multiplatform.


August 12, 2014, 2:25 pm

"Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming"

...by excluding 3/4 of the potential market? (based on recent reports of 4-to-1 PS4 to XBone sales)

"the power of the new generation"

...by being exclusive to the weakest hardware of the new generation?

Apart from the obvious Microsoft throwing them a wad of money, this doesn't make the blindest bit of sense. PS4 and XBone have almost identical hardware, and use the same architecture as PCs, so there is absolutely no technical justification for this!

Matthew Bunton

August 13, 2014, 8:05 am

This just doesn't seem right at all.

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