Rise of the Tomb Raider is Xbox One-Exclusive, but for How Long?

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New Tomb Raider Lara Croft Microsoft has announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to the Tomb Raider reboot, will be an Xbox One-exclusive video game. That’s right, despite publisher Square-Enix having revealed that the first reboot sold below expectations, its sequel will now launch exclusively on one console. This business move on the part of Square-Enix and Rise of the Tomb Raider's developer Crystal Dynamics is a big boon for Microsoft, but a slap in the face of PS4 owners. Putting my MBA to work, there is no doubt that limiting the reach of a game leads to much worse sales, which is made worse by the fact that the PS4 has so far outsold the Xbox One by nearly 2 to 1. We just wonder how much money Microsoft put under the table. Fortunately, there is a silver lining: It wasn't made clear how long this exclusivity deal will last for. Will it be permanent, or will the game go multiplatform eventually? Given bigger installment base of the PS4, we think Square-Enix will come to its senses much earlier than most analysts expect. Tumblr to address the concerns, Crystal Dynamics’ Head of Product Development Darrell Gallagher wrote the following on Tumblr: The deal 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. "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." Frankly, we can't see how those statements address anyone's concerns. How is having the game only on the weaker-selling console going to "put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming"? Where is the logic in that? Rise of the Tomb Raider releases sometime in 2015, first on the Xbox One and -- you can bet your money on it! -- a few months later on the PS4.

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