Rise Of The Tomb Raider: Final Clarification on Exclusivity Debacle

Through a couple weeks of speculation and back-and-forthery from various parties, we finally have the absolute word on the Rise Of The Tomb Raider situation, and it’s pretty much what we already suspected.  In any case, it’s nice to have a final word on things.

  • Rise of The Tomb Raider is coming out on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 during the Holiday 2015 period.
  • This is a timed exclusive, but Square Enix is not discussing the details of the deal, as they are “focused on delivering a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360″.  The PlayStation 4 and PC releases will come in the future after the terms of the exclusivity agreement.
  • Crystal Dynamics was aware of the deal and are “excited to be partnering with Microsoft to make the best game possible.”
  • Square Enix did not intend to cause any confusion with the announcement, to them, the Microsoft Gamescom stage was the best place to make the initial announcement, and the details were to come later.

So we’ve confirmed cross-gen for the Microsoft platforms, but not for Sony’s, yet, but we have also confirmed what was made abundantly not clear by he communication clusterbomb at Gamescom.  Clearly, the FAQ on this doesn’t quite answer everyone’s qualms and probably doesn’t quell the rage, but does confirm once and for all the status of the deal.

Given the Holiday Period is considered as somewhere between the start of November through the end of January, we’ll likely see a February or March release on the PS4.  As more details come out on this, we’ll be sure to let you know.

  • Sean Mesler

    As someone who owns both PS4 and Xbox One, the time exclusivity doesn’t affect me, personally. I think it sucks that PS4 only owners have to wait.

    For me, the bigger issue is that this game is cross gen. Booo. I wonder if it would have been current gen only had it not been for this exclusivity deal.