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Microsoft admits that Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity "has a duration"

Matt Gardner
Exclusives, Microsoft, Phil Spencer, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Xbox One Games

Microsoft admits that Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity "has a duration"

Well, we thought this might be the case, what with the very specific wording of the announcement and the lack of clarification from any of Microsoft's senior management. But after a day of mulling it over, no doubt, Phil Spencer has finally come out and admitted that Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity on Xbox One "has a duration".

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."

Pressed by Eurogamer's Wesley Yin-Poole for the specifics of the arrangement between Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix, and Microsoft themselves, Phil revealed that the Tomb Raider sequel will be a timed exclusive.

"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."

Spencer declined to say how long that exclusivity period lasts, but we're willing to bet that it'll be on PS4 and PC by Spring 2016 as the party line has only mentioned "Holiday 2015" thus far.

Presumably the Sony Army can put away their pitchforks now.

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Breadster  Aug. 13, 2014 at 14:28

Wow, all that dodging before finally actually answering it. What is the point in all that "all I can talk about is the deal I have" bs? If he hadn't have come out and said it, he would have looked like an even bigger dick when it came out for other platforms than he does with all this pr spiel.

Also wasn't there some CD dudes saying it was 100% exclusive yesterday? They're arseholes as well.

I wasn't bothered about it being exclusive as I only really like the old Tomb Raider games, but what I can't stand is lying, especially when it's done in this way. Seriously, stuff like that paragraph of bs up there before he admits it really gets under my skin.

roberttaylor8273  Aug. 13, 2014 at 14:30

Well can't say anyone is surprised by this, but HOW microsoft worded it made it's sound a lot different.

Late  Aug. 13, 2014 at 15:28

Not sure why he won't say how long the exclusivity deal is for - unless that's something that all parties are excluded from saying.

If Squeenix, Crystal Dynamics, and Sony aren't barred from speaking about it then I expect we'll hear the Playstation release date sooner or later.

tapi  Aug. 13, 2014 at 15:43

still sounds like he's only addressing the concerns of the franchise being MS only - i.e. gamers worried that there will never be any Tomb Raider game on another platform, and saying that they only got a deal for this release.

And that explains the 'dodging' beforehand - he's being asked about the franchise, not the game. It doesn't help that it quotes as 'tomb raider' (the game) and 'tomb raider' (the franchise) interchangeably. Hence when asked about the length of the deal we get "Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn't buy the IP in perpetuity." Talking about IP, I interpret as the franchise.

Breadster  Aug. 13, 2014 at 16:38

I think maybe it just means it's exclusive for now at least but they could bring it out on other platforms later if they wish. He compares it to Dead Rising and Ryse and Ryse is coming out on PC so I dunno. Sick of seeing this evasiveness though when answering the question. Just tell us what the deal is.

Tsung  Aug. 13, 2014 at 20:48

Can't blame them, if they got exclusivity deal it's not in their interests to go "We've got the exclusive deal, but if you wait 6 months it will be out on your platform too". I'm sure Sony must of known if the game was being produced for their platform, so could of burst Microsoft bubble at any time.

What is more telling is there is going to be an 360 and xb1 version. A year after the xb1 is released they are still bring new games to the 360. This should be a worrying sign that the new console is not doing that great.

Microsoft should use this an an opportunity to get more people to upgrade from the 360. :/

Jerec  Aug. 13, 2014 at 23:55

Storm -> Teacup

X10  Aug. 14, 2014 at 17:19


Last edited by X10, Aug. 14, 2014 at 17:21


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