Tomb Raider Exclusivity Petition a Petty Exercise In Futility

In the wake of the announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be exclusive to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 in 2015, it would be an understatement to say Microsoft has received a lot of hate. Now they’ve also received a petition.

With the internet going up in an uproar as only it can, it was only a matter of time before fans of the series would try to do whatever they could, however futile, to force Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix to change their minds about the game’s reported “timed exclusivity.” The only problem is that there is nothing a petition can do. The petition is more or less just a formal way to inform Microsoft and Square of your disappointment.

Microsoft and Square Enix have both signed legal, binding contracts that can’t be altered just because angry gamers e-signed a piece of paper. Also the game, thus far, has been reported as a “timed exclusive” and confirmed by Eurogamer in their interview with Phil Spencer. When Spencer was asked as to whether the exclusivity had a duration he said, “Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise” meaning it can and probably will come out on the PC and Playstation 3/4.

It’s worth noting as well that this doesn’t include any other Tomb Raider title in the future -It’s purely focused on Rise of the Tomb Raider. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will still have it’s multiplatform release come this December.

Sadly, in a deal that’s mainly between Microsoft and Square Enix, developer Crystal Dynamics is receiving a flurry of hate from gamers on their Tumblr account with comments like: “Thanks for screwing all Ps4 owners. See I ever buy one of your games again.” and “Translation = MS offered us a shit-ton of money.” I’m not saying Crystal is completely innocent of any “wrongdoings,” and it doesn’t help that in their press release they said the Xbox is the “… lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal,” but they’re more of a middle man in this situation. 

Upset fans really have but two options, and those are to A) save money and buy a Microsoft system (Xbox One or 360) for the series you apparently love so much, or B) wait for the game’s inevitable release on other consoles/PC. If those don’t work for you you could also not buy the game and “teach them a lesson.”

Rise of the Tomb Raider is due to release “holiday 2015” and is currently an Xbox One and Xbox 360 Exclusive.