Crystal Dynamics on Why Rise of the Tomb Raider is Xbox Exclusive

Sequel to Crystal Dynamics’ highly successful 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, Rise of the Tomb Raider made an appearance at GamesCom 2014. While some gameplay footage or a new trailer wasn’t shown, studio head Darrell Gallagher did make a shocking announcement which caused quite an uproar.

The sequel, expected for a holiday 2015 release, will be exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox platform. Yes, that’s right, the game will not be releasing on PlayStation consoles or PC. After the E3 2014 announcement, the game was expected to be a multiplatform release but it seems that is not the case.

Whether the game will be a timed exclusive or not is still unclear but from the looks of the statement released by Gallagher, it sure does seem to be scheduled only for Xbox platform.

To calm down the fans, Gallagher mentions in this statement that PS4 and PC gamers still have Lara Croft and The Temple of Osiris as well as the Definitive Edition of the 2013 reboot to enjoy.

“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.” He said in the statement.

Gamers all around the world compare Lara Croft to Nathan Drake of the Uncharted series which is a PlayStation exclusive. Could this be an attempt by Microsoft to create their very own action adventure icon and boost Xbox One’s sales?

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