Gamescom 2014: Crystal Dynamics Explains Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One Exclusivity

Earlier today, Microsoft, SquareEnix, and Crystal Dynamics announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be an Xbox One exclusive.  As expected, the PlayStation and PC communities are in an uproar about the multi-platform franchise all of a sudden going exclusive to Xbox.  Head of Crystals Dynamics Darrell Gallagher has taken to the official Tomb Raider site to explain and defend the exclusivity decision.

“As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox,” Gallagher writes. “We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio.

“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 – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.”

So what about the PlayStation and PC communities?  Well Crystal Dyanmics has a solution for you.

“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. 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.”

Exclusive deals are rather common, but typically are for new IPs like Titanfall and Ryse.  Seeing a known multi-platform franchise go exclusive is rather disappointing.  How well the communities will take this announcement remains to be seen.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is out holiday 2015 exclusively on Xbox One.