When Rise of the Tomb Raider was unveiled at E3 2014 this year, it was done so as an Xbox exclusive game for “holiday 2015.” Fans of the series who generally play it on PlayStation and PC were, as you might suspect, displeased with this announcement and have been voicing that opinion ever since.
One gamer sent a snarky tweet to Aaron Greenberg, who leads Microsoft’s first and third party games marketing asking, “The publisher of Tomb Raider Rise of Nightmare is Microsoft or Square-Enix?”
Despite the tone of the question, Greenberg responded to say that, yes, Microsoft is publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Eurogamer reports that they were able to follow up with Square Enix, which issued a statement that gives the whole story a bit more context:
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.
The statement hints that Microsoft is pouring a good amount of money into the game in order to make it a flagship product for next year’s holiday season.
While Square Enix hasn’t yet said what other platforms the game is heading to, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, did say that Microsoft’s exclusivity “has a duration.” A similar thing happened with Dead Rising 3, which was initially an Xbox One launch title but now appears on PC. While Dead Rising has more often than not been an Xbox title, Tomb Raider has always been multiplatform. I’d expect to see it on PlayStation 4 just as soon as the exclusivity expires.
Think of it this way: You might not be able to play it right away, but Microsoft is likely spending a lot of money financing what is almost sure to eventually be a PlayStation title as well.