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Official Rise Of The Tomb Raider Blog Opens Up About Exclusivity Deal

…dev's snoop round the 'net to answer the most asked questions…

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Crystal Dynamic’s – the development studio behind Rise of the Tomb Raider, has responder to comments and questions from fans regarding the debate on exclusivity to Xbox One. Having looked through the posts on several channels they collected the questions that was asked the most and compiled the following below:

What does exclusive to Xbox mean?
It means that Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming Holiday 2015 exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Does the exclusive to Xbox have a duration? Is it timed? How long is the duration? Can we expect a PlayStation 4 or PC release in the future?
Yes, our deal with Microsoft has a duration. We aren’t discussing details of the deal, and are focused on delivering a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Did Crystal Dynamics know about this deal?
Yes, Crystal Dynamics is excited to be partnering with Microsoft to make the best game possible. As Darrell mentioned in his message, we have a long history with Microsoft and they have been a very strong supporter of the franchise. They will help us grow and nurture the Tomb Raider franchise more than ever before.

Were the fans considered when making this decision? Are Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix aware of the franchise history with PlayStation and on PC?
Of course. We did not make this decision lightly. Our goal is to build the best game that we possibly can, and our relationship with Microsoft will help us realize our vision for the game.

Why didn’t Microsoft, Square Enix or Crystal Dynamics say upfront it was a timed exclusive? Why all the indirect language?
We certainly didn’t intend to cause any confusion with the announcement. The Microsoft Gamescom stage was a great place to make the initial announcement, but not necessarily to go into details.

Source: TombRaider

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  • George Hornsby

    Is it just me or have they just given another vague statement without actually answering anything.

    All we know from these answers is that it’s coming to xbox Christmas 2015
    and it’s a timed exclusive, which we knew already!

  • http://www.thisisxbox.com/ Jason

    agreed… I also think not including “timed” regarding the exclusivity during the gamescom conference was intentional.