December 10, 2014

Square Enix Confirms Microsoft's Rise of the Tomb Raider Publishing Deal is Limited

Most of you probably saw yesterday's news that Rise of The Tomb Raider will be published by Microsoft when it comes out next year. Many gaming blogs, news sites, and gamers were speculating that this meant the end of any chance the game would come to PlayStation. Later in the day Crystal Dynamics told Game Informer, "Our partnership with Microsoft on Rise of the Tomb Raider does have a duration, but we aren't discussing those details at this time."

Then late last night Square Enix followed up with this comment: "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."

It's still unclear what all of this doublespeak means—or when and which other platforms will get Rise once the Xbox exclusive is over. The waiting game continues....

Lara Croft in the Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer


  1. I think that the exclusivity to Xbox will conclude sometime between when winter is over and the summer. I watched a video about games coming to Xbox a while ago, and it said that Rise was exclusive to Xbox holiday 2015. Other exclusives simply stated that the game was exclusive, so hopefully after winter (and the holiday season) ends other platforms will get to play.

  2. This is an attempt to convert PS owners to xbox of course. I think they have alienated ps owners with this move, so I would never buy an xbox to play the new tomb raider earlier.