After the superb game Tomb Raider was released in 2013 one of the most anticipated games to be announced at E3 earlier this year was Rise of the Tomb Raider, The sequel that would deal with the aftermath of the previous title and no doubt follow more thrilling and action packed adventures from the much loved character Lara Croft.
Unfortunately not all those who grew up playing this iconic character will be able to do so in the upcoming title as it has just been announced that this is now an XBox One exclusive.
The new title is due for release during 2015 and was announced at E3 in June 2014 and to what many thought would be a multi-platform title, After all most of previous titles had been.
— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) August 12, 2014
The news was announced at GamesCom 2014 by Darrell Gallagher, Head of product development for Crystal Dynamics and confirmed by Square Enix over on their Twitter linking to a post by Darrell on Tumblr.
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.
Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios
Whilst The Definitive Edition and Lara Croft & The Temple Of Osiris are going to be available on multiple platforms this doesn’t quite capture our attention the same way and can’t help feel that this is a mistake which is no doubt going to anger some fans.
Playstation still have their exclusive archaeological exploring hero in the form of Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series but is this the beginning for Microsoft who may want look at their own exclusive title leaving PC gamers without? Only time will tell, but until then keep an eye out for Lara Croft & The Temple Of Osiris set for release December 9th.
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