Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Xbox Exclusive For 2015

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Crystal Dynamics today announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox exclusive when it releases in Holiday 2015, leading people to believe that the game will be releasing on PC and PS4 in 2016.

Crystal Dynamics head Darrel Gallagher explained further in a blog post on the Tomb Raider website:

“We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal,” he said. “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.

“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.”

“We aren’t 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.”

This is a surprising win for Microsoft, Tomb Raider was a great game that was very popular, I am amazed that it is an Xbox exclusive. It looks like Microsoft are willing to pull out the big bucks to get people to buy the Xbox One and it looks like it might work.

What do you think about this news, are you as surprised as me? Do you think this will convince people to get an Xbox One? let me know in the comments below.

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