Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida Chimes in on Rise of the Tomb Raider Controversy

It’s no secret that when Microsoft announced Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s timed Xbox exclusivity, the gaming world was floored. It was easily the biggest news of Gamescom 2014 (sorry Capy and Housemarque), spawning a great deal of industry backlash and fan uproar. The fan controversy grew to such epic proportions that the sheer brilliance of Microsoft’s move seemed to be lost amongst all the Square Enix lambasting. One of the individuals most affected by the announcement, Sony Computer Entertainment President Shuhei Yoshida, has finally offered his perspective in an interview with Eurogamer:

What did you think [about Microsoft’s Press Conference]?

Shuhei Yoshida: I was like, ah yeah, they’re going deeper into the games already announced, you know, same kind of lineup, until they talked about Tomb Raider being exclusive. It’s very interesting the way Phil Spencer said, what we are saying is, in holiday 2015 Tomb Raider is exclusive to Xbox. So it’s open to interpretation. But still, we didn’t anticipate something like this would happen.

You didn’t know that would be announced?

Shuhei Yoshida: How could we know?

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After revealing that the announcement of Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s timed Xbox exclusivity was news to him as well (perhaps indicating that competition between Microsoft and Sony is alive and well), Yoshida seemed to suggest that he is unsure of Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming title’s future on PS4:

Do you think [Rise of the Tomb Raider] will eventually come out on PS4?

Shuhei Yoshida: That question has to be asked to Square Enix and Microsoft. I hope the game will come out eventually on PS4. But how can I tell? Other than that cryptic message by Phil Spencer.

There was a feeling that major third-party exclusives were dying out, because third party publishers, we thought, couldn’t afford not to release their games on all platforms.

Shuhei Yoshida: Right, other than DLC or beta or some other bundle. These days even marketing has exclusivity. If you’re a marketing person at Square Enix and projecting your sales for the game, if it doesn’t come out on PS4, it must be lots of units that have to be covered by some means.

It’s safe to say this isn’t the last we’ve heard about Rise of the Tomb Raider, as the next fifteen or so months should provide some interesting insight into the future of third-party console exclusives.

  • RandomDev

    This could scare third-party publishers into not signing such deals in the future but first we’ll need to see how well RotTR sells as an exclusive.

    • Xeon2

      Its going to sell fine (its actually on 3 platforms), but its a blow to PS, because if you’re not on PC like me, the xbox one suddenly is an attractive console come holiday 2015 with both Halo 5 and ROFTR (still hate the name.)

      • S Mahmood Alawi

        “attractive” hell no… I’ve always been a PS user and irrespective of who’s king and who’s not and all the other BS, Ill stick to PS consoles…
        this move is rather stupid, as i for a fact will not be getting an xbox just to play tomb raider, though its one of my favourite games,
        however, it might influence my decision to not buy it when it comes to the PS, as this is nothing short of a backstab and all the hype will be over.

        I get that there are games that are console exclusive, Gears of war, Killzone and etc… but thats different and this is too bold of a move.

        and to add salt to the wound Tomb Raider was always a PS game 1st before it came to the xbox

        • Xeon2

          Maybe not to you, but to other people, but we can only speculate really at this point as to the success of this title, I don’t approve moves like this, I actually hated it the moment it was announced I’m just speculating as to how the product will perform, it is bullshit for this game to be with held from people who want to play it. The only time a 3rd party game should be exclusive is that it should be “saved” like Devil’s Third or Bayonetta 2 (good on nintendo for saving those games btw).