Rise Of The Tomb Raider Is A Timed Exclusive After All

Yesterday Microsoft dropped a huge bombshell by announcing that Rise Of The Tomb Raider, sequel to the 2013 reboot of the franchise, would be coming exclusively to Xbox. The fallout from that announcement led to confusion and some major annoyance/ anger from gamers at large. In fact this morning we published Tuffcub’s reaction to the announcement, and he was less than pleased with it.

Now that the dust has settled a little Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been speaking to Eurogamer, and exactly what kind of deal has been put in place with Crystal Dynamics.

“I have Tomb Raider shipping next holiday exclusively on Xbox. It is Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I’m not trying to fake anybody out in terms of where this thing is. What they do with the franchise in the long run is not mine. I don’t control it. So all I can talk about is the deal I have. I don’t know where else Tomb Raider goes.”

Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise.”

There’s no indication when the deal ends, but the door is open for Crystal Dynamics to bring Rise Of The Tomb Raider to PC, PS4 & PS3 afterwards.

Source: Eurogamer


  1. Anybody remember when Sony bought Tomb Raider exclusivity so its sequels wouldn’t show up on Sega and Nintendo consoles? No? OK…

    (this was written between the lines all along)

  2. Panic over then

  3. All is well again.

    • It is, apart from the fact that it’s still all a bit vague. Does he mean this Rise of the Tomb Raider game is a timed exclusive and can come to other platforms later? Or does he mean they’ve got a timed exclusive on Tomb Raider games in general, Rise will be XBox only and the next game can come to everything else once they realise how bad it’s going to sell?

      If it’s the first option, then they blatantly lied about it yesterday. And no, hoping it’d be a timed exclusive doesn’t mean that’s what they said.

      If it’s the second option, it’s just as bad as things seemed yesterday.

      Surely Crystal Dynamics or Squeenix will have clarified the situation by now? Unless MS have paid them to not say anything. Which must be a terrible situation to be in, if you can’t say anything about MS lying about these things.

      It kind of looks like the second option, really. Still saying Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming exclusively to the XBox but the “franchise” itself isn’t exclusive to XBox. So they still haven’t said if Rise can come to other platforms or not. People seem to be reading what they want him to say.

      • Doesn’t matter to me as I’m one of the two xboxone owners.

        Vague exclusivity deals are nothing new. Remember the skyrim dlc debacle? Bethesda refused to even answer if the dlc was exclusive to 360!

      • Look at how Sony did things yesterday. They made it absolutely clear which games were exclusive and which were coming to PS4 first but not exclusively.

        But MS, obviously being so desperate to get any interest in the XBone, are being all vague. Or possibly even telling massive lies (if it’s not an actual exclusive, which is absolutely not what they said yesterday).

        Sony are the only ones who’ll come out of this looking good. (Although really, there were so many things they showed off yesterday, it probably doesn’t matter if Rise of the Tomb Raider ever comes to the PS4 or not)

      • Microsoft’s executives aren’t going to state any game is coming out on Playstation.

        The very fact that the statement is vague tells you all you need to know: Rise is coming to Playstation at some point, or Microsoft would proudly tell us otherwise.

        When a company intentionally gives a vague statement with two potential meanings, the meaning which seems best for them is usually the one which is incorrect.

      • They did proudly tell us it was an exclusive on Tuesday. There really wasn’t anything vague in their initial announcement. Or in what CD said after it all kicked off.

        A few hours later, Sony seemed to be going out of their way to make it perfectly clear which games were exclusive and which were timed exclusives.

        Yesterday’s news was more vague though. So if we’re applying the logic that whichever is best for MS is probably true (which is quite sensible), then it looks like Rise really isn’t coming to the PS4, but the next game after that could.

      • It was always vague from the start.

        The word exclusive never appeared in a sentence that didn’t include the words “Holidays 2015,” which was a huge giveaway.

  4. Microsoft had no obligation to say anything else other than what was happening with them so fair dues for providing more clarity on the subject than SE/CD did.

    • Agreed, they’re more transparent than what I expected based on their past behaviour. Spencer seems quite a fair competitor.

      • Either that or they saw the backlash online and were forced to come clean. MS should know better than anyone that if you piss off your fans it’s not going to work out well for you in the end.

      • But ms didn’t piss of their fans. They pissed off Sony fans.

      • I meant that MS’s new pals CD/SE should see what a mess MS got themselves into after they tried to screw gamers over at E3; how they handled that backlash and the consequences of their actions. Everyone knows MS are a bunch of Aholes bit CD/SE have lost a lot of support from this.

  5. I guess we made our point. I’m still not buying it (new) on principle. Or any other game from Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix. Pre-owned from here on out. The damage has been done.

    • Ditto. Crystal can take a hike. They are permanently on my mobile buy list, along with Microsoft and rockstar

  6. I’m still thinking Ps4 won’t get standard version of The Rise of Tomb Raider standard edition. Maybe Ps4 will get game of the year edition or whatever they’ll call this gen.

  7. Microsoft telling porkies. No change there then. How many times will people get fooled?

  8. I can wait far too many ps4 proper exclusives. Will wait until it’s free on ps+ as a total FU to crystal.

    • They created this bed, they can sleep in it. When the studio is laying off staff due to poor sales of this game, due to exclusive lockins, Microsoft will just move onto the next company, systematically destroying the gaming industry when it doesn’t get its way.

  9. Damage has been done I think. So much for no publicity is bad publicity.

  10. Don’t really get the whole ‘pay a fortune for timed exclusivity.’ Do people actually buy consoles on the strength of timed exclusives? I never have and never will. There are always plenty of games to pass the time until they come around.

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