Rise of the Tomb Raider won't be Xbox exclusive forever | PCGamesN

Shelter 2 trailer makes survival look gorgeous while being totally harrowing

Flak in the USSR: World of Warplanes 1.6 introduces new Russian jets, more airspace

Codemasters' Toybox Turbos offers kitchen table careening in the mode of Micro Machines

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider won't be Xbox exclusive forever

Rise of the Tomb Raider: still coming up.

GamesCom began yesterday with a nasty surprise - Microsoft had bought the allegiance of Crystal Dynamics and Squeenix, and ensured Rise of the Tomb Raider wouldn’t launch on PC next Christmas.

Under duress, however, Xbox head Phil Spencer has admitted that the exclusivity deal “has a duration”. Thank chuff for that.

“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.”

Spencer compared the Xbox One exclusivity deal to those brokered for Dead Rising 3 and Ryse - both of which now have PC versions on the way.

“I’m not trying to fake anybody out in terms of where this thing is,” he went on. “What they do with the franchise in the long run is not mine. I don’t control it. I don’t know where else Tomb Raider goes.”

Despite the application of thumbscrews, Spencer wouldn’t be drawn on the length of Tomb Raider’s Xbox-exclusive period. Because that would devalue a deal Microsoft have presumably paid a lot of money for.

Crystal Dynamics’ Darrell Gallagher yesterday pointed to December’s Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris as evidence that the series hadn’t left the PC.

“We know [Microsoft] will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past,” he said. “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.”

Money! It’s funny. But not funny ha-ha. Feel any better about this yet?

Login or Register
3
+3
-0
Shriven's picture
1636

Just another Xbone marketing failure. All I got from this is that Microsoft cant hold on to exclusives.

1
+1
-0
Prime's picture
47

We all knew they could have not paid enough to have it exclusive forever but it's nice to have it confirmed.

1
+1
-0
1N07's picture
74

That's a relief! I thought it would be exactly like this, but I was really fearing the worst...

I hope the exclusivity period won't be too long. I loved the previous game and would like to see this one come to PC as well.

1
+1
-0
avatar
133

Six months to a year, probably something closer to one year. Still pissed off by thins kind of deals, but at least we get the game.

1
+1
-0
masw's picture
2

Kinda sucks that we have to wait a bit longer but whatever atleast we get it.

Alienware - Game VictoriousNvidia Shield - Titanfall
Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

Shelter 2 trailer makes survival look gorgeous while being totally harrowing

Shelter 2 trailer makes survival look gorgeous while being totally harrowing

Flak in the USSR: World of Warplanes 1.6 introduces new Russian jets, more airspace

Flak in the USSR: World of Warplanes 1.6 introduces new Russian jets, more airspace

Codemasters' Toybox Turbos offers kitchen table careening in the mode of Micro Machines

Codemasters' Toybox Turbos offers kitchen table careening in the mode of Micro Machines

Riot chase down League of Legends hackers;

Riot chase down League of Legends hackers; "Every player to trigger this exploit will be punished"

Blizzard to deploy Australian servers for World of Warcraft ahead of Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard to deploy Australian servers for World of Warcraft ahead of Warlords of Draenor

Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work

What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work

Take a free weekend break in Arma 3

Take a free weekend break in Arma 3

WildStar's Carbine Studios loses over 60 staff in NCSoft

WildStar's Carbine Studios loses over 60 staff in NCSoft "restructuring"

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will come to PC

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will come to PC "as soon as possible", and a beta is being considered

Look at Dark Souls 2 through new eyes with the first-person mod

Look at Dark Souls 2 through new eyes with the first-person mod

Civilization: Beyond Earth review

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Civilization: Beyond Earth review

3D Realms rises from the grave with a 32-game anthology

3D Realms rises from the grave with a 32-game anthology

World of Warcraft character transfers and changes discounted by 25%

World of Warcraft character transfers and changes discounted by 25%

Past Team Fortress 2 Halloween events reactivated to warm you up for Scream Fortress 6

Past Team Fortress 2 Halloween events reactivated to warm you up for Scream Fortress 6

Risk of Rain patch 1.2 adds killer chef and Aliens-inspired Loader

Risk of Rain patch 1.2 adds killer chef and Aliens-inspired Loader

Dota 2 players outnumbered all 99 other games on Steam's most-played list put together today

Dota 2 players outnumbered all 99 other games on Steam's most-played list put together today

Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

Warframe

Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

Assassin's Creed Unity system specs are as steep as Notre Dame

Assassin's Creed Unity system specs are as steep as Notre Dame

Nvidia now support DSR scaling for GeForce GTX 500, 600 and 700 Series graphics cards

Nvidia now support DSR scaling for GeForce GTX 500, 600 and 700 Series graphics cards

Counter-Strike ushers in its Halloween Mask-erade with player ghosts and vengeful chickens

Counter-Strike ushers in its Halloween Mask-erade with player ghosts and vengeful chickens

Get better acquainted with Dragon Age: Inquisition's Iron Bull, Sera and Dorian

Get better acquainted with Dragon Age: Inquisition's Iron Bull, Sera and Dorian

Don't call them dreadnoughts: Fractured Space is a multiplayer ship combat game from the Strike Suit Zero team

Don't call them dreadnoughts: Fractured Space is a multiplayer ship combat game from the Strike Suit Zero team