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Post by Dan @ 09:41am 14/08/14 | 4 Comments
The recent news out of GamesCom that the forthcoming Tomb Raider game from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix would be exclusive to Xbox platforms caused a bit of a stir among those that have enjoyed the series over its long history on the PC and PlayStation consoles, but as suspected it seems unlikely to stay that way for long.

Microsoft's GamesCom press conference had revealed the game as a "holiday exclusive" for the Xbox, prompting speculation that it would come to other competing platforms a little later, and in an interview with Xbox head Phil Spender, Eurogamer appears to have confirmed as much:
Is there a time limit on the exclusivity period?

"Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn't buy it. I don't own the franchise."

Can you tell us how long the duration is?

"No. It's not because I'm trying to be a headfake on anybody. It's a deal between us and the partner. People ask me how much did we pay. There are certain things I'm just not going to talk about because it's a business deal between us and them. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn't buy the IP in perpetuity."
Rise of the Tomb Raider is due on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in the 2015 holiday season.



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Creepy
Posted 09:55am 14/8/14
That's a little better. But still. Disgraceful.
niteheh
Posted 01:27pm 14/8/14
Paying a truckload of money for an exclusivity period on a mediocre sequel seems like an odd business decision, but this is probably why I'm not running the X-Box division.
ytime
Posted 03:08pm 14/8/14
From the opposite end, this is a great deal for the developers. All the hate they are getting... just ignorant peoples.
Khel
Posted 09:14pm 14/8/14
Mediocre sequel? Now you're just sounding bitter. First one was pretty awesome, and theres no reason to doubt this one wont be as, or more awesome. So yeah, it sucks for the gamers =\

Have to wait and see how good of a deal it is for the developers though, sure its probably nice to have Microsoft back up to your office with a truck full of money, but it could potentially do a fair bit of damage to the brand and ruin all that goodwill they only just won back.
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