Rise of the Tomb Raider Exclusive to Xbox One, Releasing Holiday 2015

But no, seriously.

Posted By | On 12th, Aug. 2014 Under News

Rise of the Tomb Raider

During Microsoft’s Gamescom press conference, Crystal Dynamics took the stage to talk about the sequel to the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider, namely Rise of the Tomb Raider. While initially suspected to be out for PS4, PC and Xbox One, the studio confirmed that it would be exclusive to the Xbox One and out in Holiday 2015.

Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher published a statement to the community, explaining this stance.

“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.”

Do you think it will stay exclusive for very long? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • David

    Playstation fans are livid over on ign lol


    The PlayStation fanboys are screaming out in terror,
    The Xbox One is making a huge comeback

  • demfax

    Either MS is paying S-E many truckloads of money, or S-E just threw away a lot of money in lost sales potential.

    Especially considering the Tomb Raider remake sold 2:1 on PS4 over Xbox.

    Only fanboys want games to be exclusive to one platform. The more multiplatform the better, that includes PS4 games that should be multiplatform like Bloodborne.

    • David

      I agree. I’m not the biggest fan of exclusives. But companies need to give incentive to buy their consoles

    • demfax

      I’d love to see more PS exclusives on Xbox and PC.

    • David

      Me too. Bloodborne peaked my interest

    • d0x360

      No you wouldn’t. You can’t play on both sides of the fanboy fence when it better suits your argument. Your constant bashing of Microsoft and the Xbox added to your constant Sony praise don’t get washed away just because it doesn’t support a point you want to argue.

      People remember things you say. If you want to suddenly switch your style if argument and promote open gaming then you are going to need to change your user name…again. Its about time anyways.

    • demfax

      You’re making things up.

    • d0x360

      If you say so lol. You think I don’t remember your constant harassment any time I or someone else posts something positive about Xbox?

      Poof you show up to call everyone either dumb, liars or fanboys. You lay out dem facts!

      I’ve never seen someone argue so hard for one side then suddenly become agnostic when it suits their needs. You are hilarious and aren’t fooling anyone.

      You are so entertaining I think I’m falling in love. I need by daily dose of FUD and hyperbole and I always know who I’ll get it from. Every…single…day.

    • demfax

      Xbox has good exclusive games, all 3 consoles do. Never said otherwise. Having good exclusive games has little to do with hardware power or sales reality, though.

    • d0x360

      Fanboys? No no no. People like exclusives because they can take better advantage of everything a console has to offer.

      Who cares what the remake sold? Its irrelevant. Chances are Microsoft is funding development of this or another another game for them. If it was a beneficial arrangement for all involved it wouldn’t happen.

    • demfax

      “If it was a beneficial arrangement for all involved it wouldn’t happen.” That’s a flawed assumption. Titanfall happened and it almost certainly cost EA money in lost sales potential.

    • d0x360

      Microsoft funded a significant portion of development of Titanfall and paid for all of its marketing as well as paid for development of DLC.

      EA has made money on Titanfall. Check their investor information. I got a check from ea for $614 from stock dividends and Titanfall was a part of that.

      Don’t just rattle off dem facts without actually you know…checking if they are facts.

    • demfax

      That’s not what I said.

    • d0x360

      The point is it cost EA nothing. They lost nothing. They gained money. If there was absolutely zero subtext in your post then it is the most pointless post anyone has ever made as it says absolutely nothing and is purely conjecture.

      Except…you quoted my post about it being beneficial to EA and Microsoft so you are arguing the point that it wasn’t. Therefore it is what you said. Context defines subtext.

      Anyone could the same about anything. Its pointless. I could have sold more beans today if I had actually tried to sell beans.

    • MrSec84 .

      Bloodborne isn’t a multiplatform franchise though, that’s the difference here.
      Taking an established Multiplat game and making it exclusive is a huge middle finger to the people on PC and Playstation that supported Tomb Raider.

      Now if Dark Souls 3 only came to PS4 or PC then you’d be right.

      If Demon’s Souls 2 only comes to PS4 that’s fine, because the original game was only on PS3, it’s not a multiplat game.

    • demfax

      No need to get tangled up in history. Bloodborne would be better as multiplatform, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 benefited from being multiplatform. Devs made more money and more gamers got to enjoy it.

    • MrSec84 .

      Exclusives are a major point of consoles though, they’re largely the reason why people buy consoles, plus the point of people not having to fiddle around with hardware.

      The point I was making about Bloodborne is that it’s a new IP, created for PS4, it’s never been a multiplatform game & Sony are funding that new IP, the same was the case with Demon’s Souls.

      Dark Souls is a completely different franchise, that started out life as a multiplat.

      I think you got what I was getting at though, Tomb Raider shouldn’t go from being a multiplat, to then become an exclusive when it’s already been available on a wider range of devices.

      Bloodborne isn’t an example of a similar case when compared to Tomb Raider.

      If Tomb Raider was a brand new franchise and Microsoft funded it’s development then this would be understandable, but it’s a multiplat, so should stay a multiplat.

    • MrSec84 .

      To GHz:

      Actually Tomb Raider was on the Sega Saturn, PC and PS1, Sony didn’t buy exclusivity there.
      The PS1 version of Tomb Raider ran a lot better than the Saturn version of the game.
      The sequels were multiplats so I don’t know how you can say Sony used cash to stamp out the saturn.

      Metal Gear started on the MSX2 (a Sony platform), the sequel came to PS1, maybe Kojima had plans to launch on Sega platforms, but the game launched on PS1 first, it’s completely different from what I was talking about.

      Your Video game history 101 is actually pretty fallacious.
      Actual history doesn’t support your claims.

      Both games neither started out as multiplats or went exclusive after being a success on multiple platforms.

      What’s happened with Tomb Raider 2 (2015) wasn’t what happened with Metal Gear/Solid or Tomb Raider.

    • GHz

      Thanks for the correction. Should’ve researched the TR thing a little more before posting. I could’ve sworn I read in print that it appeared on the ps1 1st (I don’t count PC) a good year before the Saturn on account of sony coughing up the funds. The publication in question, also mentioned if I remember correctly, that it was originally supposed to have been a Saturn and PC game. It was old magazine I found laying around the house called Next Generation I think. No matter, I stand corrected.

    • MrSec84 .

      Initially I had thought it only came to PS1, but I did a little research before replying, or rather as I replied.

      I hadn’t even realized that it came to the Saturn, it’s so long ago now.
      PC was always a big part of the franchise though (IMO).

      Anyway, IMO if a franchise is a multiplat it should stay a multiplat.

      The only exception being if a developer gets bought by a console manufacturer and they don’t release games on other platforms besides their own or PC.

    • GHz

      Seems like we weren’t the only ones debating this topic. people are discussing it on twitter and NeoGaF. I personally don’t go on NeoGaf so I didn’t see for myself. But anyways the verdict is that I was mostly right bout what I remembered I read. I wish I was able to find the article being that it was in print. But anyways, I still appreciate your efforts. In the mean time check it out for yourself.

      This is actually an excellent post on NeoGaf. Too bad the commentators got upset http://t.co/hEdDq57tnj— K. Alex (@K_Alex1) August 13, 2014

      And this link


      Anyways in the end this sort of thing don’t bother me because I’ve seen it before and I don’t consider that serious. And at the same time I understand how passionate my fellow gamers are. One thing for sure though, nothing in the gaming industry is constant.

    • MrSec84 .

      That thread doesn’t prove that Sony took multiplats and made them exclusive, in many cases they either started out as a Playstation exclusive (ala Metal Gear), went multiplat for a release and then went back for a game to being exclusive, anyway as it’s turned out Rise of the Tomb Raider is actually a timed exclusive.

      Phil Spencer said about it earlier today, it’s actually got an article written about it here on Gamingbolt and sourced from Eurogamer.

      Happy gaming GHz.

    • GHz

      Happy Gaming!

  • I love what they are doing with the Tomb Raider series a reboot of the most classic iconic action adventure character to date. Lara Croft.

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