During Microsoft’s recent Gamescom 2014 conference, the company surprised everyone by announcing Rise of the Tomb Raider as an Xbox exclusive. It was only later revealed to be a timed exclusivity deal with Square Enix, but an exclusivity deal nonetheless.
In an interview uploaded by Eurogamer, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has stated that Rise of the Tomb Raider can be Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s upcoming Uncharted title.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Rise of the Tomb Raider are both scheduled to release in late 2015 and according to Spencer, this is an opportunity for fans to choose between both franchises.
“I’m a big fan of Uncharted and I wish we had an action adventure game of that ilk,” said Spencer. “We’ve started some, and we’ve looked at them. But we don’t have one today of that quality. This is an opportunity.”
Speaking on the exclusivity deal, Spencer said that they would never make such a deal for a game that’s similar to franchises already in their exclusive line-up. The dungeon-raiding genre is perhaps a scarce commodity and Microsoft wanted to grab on to that opportunity.
“When you think about our portfolio, if it was a sci-fi shooter, I probably wouldn’t do that. I’ve got one of those. Or if it’s a Gears competitor, or a Forza competitor, there are things I wouldn’t go after. But this is one that clearly fit in our portfolio really well. That’s definitely part of the analysis.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider will release in the holiday season of 2015 for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One first. The game will then later release for the PS3, PS4 and PC.