August 12, 2014
The Exclusive Heard Around the World
Early this morning, here in the States that is, Microsoft held their press event at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. There were plenty of games on display during the press event but one title stood out among the crowd and it may have been for different reasons. Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to the 2013 reboot of the franchise, is coming exclusively to the Xbox One in fall of 2015. This announcement was huge. The game sold well on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The Definitive Edition came to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this year and netted more sales for the reboot. This announcement was netted with positive feedback and plenty of negative feedback. Crystal Dynamics, the studio behind Tomb Raider, posted a response on the their Tumblr page . The Response is typical PR, but is also cryptic.
“Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – 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 is a quote taken from that Tumblr response. What I see is possibly the same thing that happened with Bayonetta. Tomb Raider sold well, but never met the lofty sales expectations Square Enix set for the game until the Definitive Editions were released. Could have this been a move by Microsoft to secure a Uncharted like exclusive? Could it have been a way to guarantee a sequel to a game, that rightfully deserves one? There are more questions than answers with this announcement; there is one thing for sure, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be out in 2015 on Xbox One.