Rise of the Tomb Raider to be Published by Microsoft

Aaron Greenberg confirms the deal on Twitter.

Posted By | On 09th, Dec. 2014 Under News

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Update: EuroGamer followed up with Square Enix for a clarification. Square Enix have issued the following statement:

“Yes, Microsoft will be publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox. Microsoft has always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and they will get behind this game with more support across development, marketing and retail than ever before, which we believe will be a step in continuing to build the Tomb Raider franchise as one of the biggest in gaming.”

Original Story:

Microsoft revealed at Gamescom 2014 that Crystal Dynamics’ Rise of the Tomb Raider would be releasing exclusively in Holiday 2015 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. It was later confirmed that the game would be a timed exclusive but how long this exclusivity would last wasn’t revealed.

Now, Xbox marketing manager Aaron Greenberg has tweeted that as far as the agreement between Microsoft and Square Enix goes, “Yes we are publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider.”

This is interesting because what does it say about how the game will be marketed and distributed for later consoles? It could be a situation similar to the first Mass Effect which was published by Microsoft on the Xbox 360 with future ports arriving via EA. We do have some context to the exclusivity deal for Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox now though.

What are your thoughts on this development? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Starman

    It will be for the duration of this console generation , stop giving them false hope …

  • Kfal Balli

    After the deal Sony made I won’t be surprised if it is exclusive for the generation.

  • Mark

    Here’s the answer; RoTTR will only be on Xbox360, X1, and PC later. ROTTR’s sequel will drop on X1, PS4 and PC…………who couldn’t figure that out? They only threw in the “timed” word as a response to the reaction from GamesCom, as it means it’ll drop on Xbox first, then PC later. Microsoft has done this plenty in the past, and that’s why Phil keeps echoing “I want to invest in our own IPs more. 3rd party exclusives won’t happen much”.

    They’re tired of seeing great IP like Mass Effect, Ninja Gaiden, Splinter Cell etc, make their way to rival systems. Both MS and Sony will continue to do these deals, albeit infrequent. I personally expect both Tomb Raider and Street Fighter sequels to these, to hit both systems later. Boom


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