UPDATE: Next Tomb Raider To Be Exclusive To Xbox One (Timed)


UPDATE 2 : It turns out that we were correct in assuming the game was a timed exclusive. It seems as though the heat picked up by announcing the deal has forced both Square Enix and Microsoft to suggest it is timed exclusive. Square Enix did not entirely confirm it, but Microsoft has come out and stated the game is a timed deal. Microsoft confirmed to Eurogamer that the deal has a “duration” but would not state how long that duration is, or how much it cost them. 

Are you thrilled that Tomb Raider will indeed land elsewhere? 

UPDATE: Here is the trailer!


When I woke up this morning I was excited to see tons of great gaming news. Seeing Tomb Raider come up during the Xbox showcase was exciting, and then something brought me  down. There is another Tomb Raider in the mix, a follow up to last years massive success, but it will only be heading to Xbox One. No PC and no PlayStation. Sucks right? You can read the developers full excuse below, but basically it’s the standard exclusive talk. There was no mention of it being a timed exclusive, but you can pretty much bet that’s the case, as usual. 

As you can probably tell, yeah I’m a bit irratated with it. It’s hard enough to afford new consoles and the games, it’s even harder for everyone to own all the consoles. So when FULL games go exclusive, it get’s annoying. It isn’t DLC like COD or expansions like Destiny, it’s the entire core story of a game I found to be awesome. 

What makes matters worse is PS4 owners got the Definitive Edition, probably wasted money buying it twice just to support the game, and then got screwed in the end. Don’t worry too much, you still get the opportunity to buy Lara Croft And The Temple of Osiris….. 

Sorry, the move just irratated me. If anything it was because it wasn’t a new game. It was an already established game going in the right direction. Tomb Raider is some of the biggest memories on PlayStation, so I don’t understand the excuse either. You can read that below. 

Tomb Raider Blog: 

Dear Tomb Raider Community,

As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio.

Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. 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 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.

We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we’ll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we’re going all out to try and make something truly special – the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built.


Darrell Gallagher
Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios