UPDATE: Microsoft has since clarified that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be made available to XBOX consoles first, then other consoles. No timeframe was given on how long it would be exclusive to XBOX before being released to other consoles.
During the company’s August 12th Gamescom press conference. Microsoft announced that the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox One exclusive.
Head of studios for Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Darrell Gallagher explained,
“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. 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.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider is the direct sequel to 2013’s Tomb Raider, which served as a reboot of the franchise and an origin story for its heroine, Lara Croft. 2013’s Tomb Raider was critically acclaimed, but it did not meet Square Enix’s sales projections.
The decision of Xbox One exclusivity has already been met with a high level of criticism from both fans of the series and video game journalist community.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to launch in Holiday 2015.