During Microsoft’s Press Conference at Gamescom in Cologne, gamers were hit with the bombshell that the latest instalment in the Lara Croft Tomb Raider reboot series will be released holiday 2015, exclusively on Xbox.
The Tomb Raider franchise has historically been a multi-platform franchise, ever since 1996. This tradition was carried on by Crystal Dynamics who developed and released the original reboot Tomb Raider last year, launching the game on all last gen consoles and then releasing an upgraded definitive edition, which came out this year for next-gen. With many naturally assuming the sequel would follow the same course, the news has come as quite a shock, leaving numerous gamers feeling betrayed.
Many however still hold out hope that the game will in fact come to other platforms down the line due to the unclear and carefully worded phrase ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox’, does this mean it will be a timed exclusive? Released exclusively for Xbox during the holiday season 2015? Or will it be a full exclusive?
In an attempt to clarify their decision to partner with Microsoft, Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studios at Crystal Dynamic, posted a statement on the Tomb Raider Tumblr page stating, “Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement 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. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past.”
In response to the PC and PlayStation fans unhappy with this decision, Gallagher wanted to remind fans that “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.”
“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.”
With only a few new screenshots of the game being displayed at Gamescom and no other information being released, it looks as though we can only continue to speculate until Microsoft or Crystal Dynamic come forward to clarify the situation.