With all of the confusion created at Gamescom surrounding the Microsoft and Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity deal, it seems that the situation has taken another sharp turn as Xbox boss Phil Spencer reveals that the exclusivity deal “has a duration”.
After the release of a blog post yesterday by Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher, it seemed almost certain that the sequel would become a permanent fixture on the Xbox platform. However in a conversation at Gamescom with Eurogamer, Phil Spencer confirmed “Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise.”
“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.”
Unfortunately when asked whether he could elaborate on how long the exclusivity period would last, Spencer replied, “There are certain things I’m just not going to talk about because it’s a business deal between us and them. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn’t buy the IP in perpetuity.”
It seems that fans of the series who took offence to this deal can now rest somewhat easier in the knowledge that Rise of the Tomb Raider, will eventually be coming to their platform.