Rise of the Tomb Raider Will Be A Timed Exclusive Release For Xbox
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.13.2014
Only exclusive for a limited time...
In an interview with Eurogamer, Xbox head Phil Spenceter explained that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox exclusive when it debuts in Holiday 2015. However, he also said that while it will only come out for Xbox One and Xbox 360 at launch, it could eventually come to Playstation 4 or PC. Here are highlights:
On the reaction to the news it would be exclusive: "When people want me to say, can you tell us when or if it's coming to other platforms, it's not my job," Spencer told Eurogamer. "My job is not to talk about games I don't own. I have a certain relationship on this version of Tomb Raider, which we announced, and I feel really good about our long term relationship with Crystal and Square. I get the reaction I see. If I'm a PlayStation person all of a sudden I feel like, the franchise has gone. I didn't buy the IP. I didn't buy the studio. It's not mine. Where this thing will go over time, just like Dead Rising or Ryse, we'll see what happens with the game. I don't own every iteration of Tomb Raider. I don't own them building Tomb Raider on other platforms. I can't talk about the franchise that way. I can talk about the deal I have."
On the exact deal: "I have Tomb Raider shipping next holiday exclusively on Xbox. It is Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I'm not trying to fake anybody out in terms of where this thing is. What they do with the franchise in the long run is not mine. I don't control it. So all I can talk about is the deal I have. I don't know where else Tomb Raider goes. Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn't buy it. I don't own the franchise."
On how long the duration will be: "No. It's not because I'm trying to be a headfake on anybody. It's a deal between us and the partner. People ask me how much did we pay. There are certain things I'm just not going to talk about because it's a business deal between us and them. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn't buy the IP in perpetuity."