Heads were turned today during the Gamescom presentation as Square Enix announced that the upcoming sequel to the Tomb Raider reboot ‘Rise of the Tomb Raiser’ will be an Xbox One exclusive.
This will question fans considering that previously, the game was known to be in development for atleast the PS4 and PC; so why the sudden change of plan?
Most likely Microsoft bought themselves the entitlement to this exclusive, a clever marketing technique to one up themselves from the PS4; however is this only a timed exclusive?
Most likely, yes. Gamescom is the chance to build hype, there’s a probable chance that the detail of this exclusive deal was held back to make the Xbox One seem more prestigious than opposing consoles, but the likelihood is that in a matter of time after the Xbox One release, other platforms would soon be supported. Of course this is only hypothetical, but most probable. We’ll see the true results if there’s any interviews with the development team and see if my theory is right.
We called it, just minutes after the announcement I wrote this article stating my opinion about it being a timed exclusive, and as it turns out, I was right! Phil Spencer took it to Eurogamer in a interview addressing the fact that the new Tomb Raider game is infact just a timed exclusive:
“Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise.”
Read the full Eurogamer interview to find out more information about this Xbox deal, but perhaps any gamers who were having anxiety issues with the ‘exclusive’ announcement, you can take a breath of relief!