The Mysterious Future of Tomb Raider

An exclusivity deal with Microsoft for holiday 2015 has many wondering where Crystal Dynamics will publish their franchise in the future

Earlier this week at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, Microsoft revealed that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ Rise of the Tomb Raider was “Coming holiday 2015, exclusively on Xbox.” This announcement triggered the (mostly justified) uproar of PC and PlayStation gamers.

So much anger came from this vague announcement, in fact, that both Crystal Dynamics and Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, made statements regarding the announcement. Dynamics clarified that much of the marketing and developing fees were being footed by Microsoft for the sequel, which is what led to the decision to ultimately do what they did. This announcement was just as vague as the presentation, however, but in an interview with Eurogamer, Spencer confirmed the game as strictly a timed exclusive for 2015. He went on to say, “I didn’t buy the studio. It’s not mine. Where this thing [RofTR] will go over time, just like Dead Rising or Ryse, we’ll see what happens with the game. I don’t own every iteration of Tomb Raider.”

Drawing comparison to Ryse and Dead Rising 3 was an interesting choice, though. From a speculative stand point, this would suggest that the game will eventually come to PC like Ryse and Dead Rising, but not the PlayStation 4. If Spencer wanted to say it would come to all other platforms later, surely he would have drawn comparison to games like Plants vs. Zombies which was a timed exclusive to Xbox One and PC.

Where will you find Rise of the Tomb Raider, and where can you play it? I’m sure we’ll find out as we make our way into 2015.

For the full Eurogamer interview with Phil Spencer, head on over to:

And for the full Tumblr blog update from RotTR developer, check out:


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