Rise of the Tomb Raider was announced during E3 this year, but it was later during Gamescom that it was revealed it would be an Xbox exclusive. Both Microsoft and Square Enix have been relatively silent on the deal. Now, Aaron Greenberg, head of marketing at Xbox, has tweeted that Microsoft is publishing the game.
To get more information, Game Informer contacted Microsoft. They told them,
“To further clarify Aaron Greenberg’s tweet yesterday, yes, Microsoft will be publishing ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ on Xbox. Similar to how we worked with Capcom on ‘Dead Rising 3’ or Harmonix on ‘Dance Central,’ we’re very excited to partner with the amazing team at Crystal Dynamics to bring ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ in holiday 2015, exclusively to Xbox. Both our team and the Xbox community are huge fans of the franchise and we can’t wait to share more on the game in the future.”
Square Enix provided more information to Game Informer,
“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.”
“Our partnership with Microsoft on ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ does have a duration, but we aren’t discussing those details at this time and are focused on collaborating to deliver a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider is not the only third party exclusive to be revealed recently. Sony announced Street Fighter V as a PlayStation exclusive this past weekend. Both of these games may be setting a trend for this console generation.
I have mixed feelings about Rise of the Tomb Raider being exclusive to one console. I am still hopeful it will come to PlayStation, and I also hope that this does not become a recurring practice.
Riley Berry is an Associate Writer for MONG that wants more tomb raiding in his life. You can follow him on IGN.