Rise of the Tomb Raider is only a timed exclusive on the Xbox One
kula shakerz    2014-08-13, 13:12 pm.

Microsoft's Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer has confirmed to Eurogamer that their controversial exclusivity deal for Rise of the Tomb Raider has an expiration date. He did however decline to comment on the duration of the exclusivity deal with Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix.

The game still hasn't been confirmed for PC and PlayStation but this announcement will hopefully calm down all the raging fans that have been posting on the Crystal Dynamics development blog the past few hours.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Here's a transcription of the conversation between Eurogamer and Phil Spencer:

"When people want me to say, can you tell us when or if it's coming to other platforms, it's not my job," Spencer told Eurogamer. "My job is not to talk about games I don't own. I have a certain relationship on this version of Tomb Raider, which we announced, and I feel really good about our long term relationship with Crystal and Square."

I get the reaction I see. If I'm a PlayStation person all of a sudden I feel like, the franchise has gone. I didn't buy the IP. I didn't buy the studio. It's not mine. Where this thing 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."

I don't own them building Tomb Raider on other platforms. I can't talk about the franchise that way. I can talk about the deal I have."

So, what, exactly, is that deal?

"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."

Is there a time limit on the exclusivity period?

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

Can you tell us how long the duration is?

"No. It's not because I'm trying to be a headfake on anybody. It's a deal between us and the partner. People ask me how much did we pay. There are certain things I'm just not going to talk about because it's a business deal between us and then. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn't buy the IP in perpetuity."

Source: Eurogamer

Magus 99    2014-08-13, 13:37 pm

Cool so there's still a slight chance that its coming to the PS4.

k3fka!    2014-08-13, 17:37 pm

Maybe spring 2016 for PC and PS4 if we're lucky.

Xin    2014-08-14, 03:50 am

I was surprised at the outrage over this. I thought the new Tomb Raider was really very bland.

kula shakerz    2014-08-14, 08:38 am

I really liked the Definitive Edition so I'm hoping for a PS4 release of Rising. Its not the best game ever but I think its the best Tomb Raider since the PS1 era.

Brendan    2014-08-21, 15:31 pm

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