When Rise of the Tomb Raider was announced as “exclusively on Xbox in holiday 2015” during their Gamescom conference, the internet went ballistic. However, it appears that it was just a cleaver (read: deceptive) use of words.
Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, confirmed earlier today that their exclusivity contract with publisher Square Enix “has a duration“.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Spencer addressed the Playstation fans’ concerns, saying “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.“
He then went on to confirm “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.”
So Playstation fans can somewhat rejoice, but just how long will they have to wait before seeing their favorite archaeologist on their console of choice? If Microsoft has a stranglehold on the game’s holiday release next year, will the damage be done in terms of sales figures?
*Part of me feels that if things went the other way and Sony announced this as a Playstation exclusive, the internet would have reacted differently. That’s just a personal assumption, as it seems that Xbox has this sort of stigma. When Bloodborne was announced as a Playstation exclusive, even though Dark Souls had a huge fan base on the 360, Playstation fans rejoiced and Xbox fans just accepted it. Is it because Tomb Raider started off on a Playstation console that got the fans all juiced up, or is it just more accepting when Sony nabs an exclusive over Microsoft?
Bradley Keene is the Executive Editor here at What’s Your Tag?, generally handling reviews, public relations, and our social media communications. He’s an aspiring video game journalist, Baltimore native, and on again/off again WoW player that favors roguelikes, horror games, and point-and-click adventures. His favorite console is the Dreamcast, favorite game is the original Metroid, and he could watch The Goonies for the rest of his life. Contact him by e-mail at the address above, or follow his insanity on Twitter.