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It was recently announced that Square Enix Rise of the Tomb Raider was an Xbox exclusive during the Gamescom press conference which didn’t settle very well with Lara Croft fans. Xbox box, Phil Spencer has confirmed that the exclusivity “has a duration” though he declined to confirm how long that duration is set for.
Many growing concerns from other console owners were upset, calling out Square Enix for selling out, swearing to never buy a Square Enix title again and alienating their PlayStation and PC owning customers. This post was the source of why many were upset which makes no mention of the Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity duration.
As previously reported, Darrell Gallagher explained on the Tomb Raider Tumblr:
“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. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – 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 like Microsoft.”
Spencer wouldn’t speak for Square Enix but did compare the deal to the similar deal they had for the Dead Rising and Ryse, which will launch on PC. He also explained that the owners of Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics, are free to do whatever they with the game and franchise once the exclusivity duration deal ends, including releasing it on other platforms.
Eurogamer has also confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
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