When Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4 did not make it to the shelves alongside the Xbox One version of the game, it meant two things: a hold off on potential sales from a larger user base (PS4) and a better revenue stream from Microsoft itself than what they would have gotten from them otherwise.
However, those are the business-related elements, what of the gamer’s side. The game came out on November 10, 2015 and at the time of writing, has been played by hundreds of thousands of Xbox One users for nearly seven and a half months.
As far as news coverage is concerned, the game is old story unless Crystal Dynamics start talking about Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4 – which, doesn’t even have a release date yet. All we know is that Microsoft got themselves a whole year’s exclusivity.
So what has that done to the hype? If you are a PlayStation user, it is a highly relevant question whether people are still excited about the game or not.
Of course not everyone remains on top of their news which means that everything that Rise of The Tomb Raider packs might still be new, unseen or fresh for many PS4 users, but let’s not exclude Microsoft’s extensive marketing of the game which made sure everyone knew what they had bought the exclusivity for.
One year is a pretty long time for a new release to fade away, and although we are hoping for the latest Tomb Raider game to be able to avoid that on the PS4, there are chances that publisher Square Enix has already lost a major chunk of sales it could have generated had they not sided with Microsoft – or either one of the two companies for that matter.
During the game’s life on the Xbox One, the game has had two downloadable content packs as well namely Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch and Cold Darkness Awakened. The first one revolves around a witch from Russian folklore while the second takes you to a zombie infested Soviet weapons bunker.
The premise of both the DLC packs was interesting and definitely worth the money, but then again both of the DLC are also old story too.
What’s more, the game has also been released on the PC platform since as long ago as January 28, 2016 clearly stranding the PS4 version alone. And the whole list of games PS4 users are now eyeing has changed in this time. Although Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4 is going to be a good game, it is not Final Fantasy XV that people would wait for so a decade and still get more excited about.
While clearly denying that it will be a failure, I think Rise of The Tomb Raider on PS4 will at least fall short of its revenue potential with a clear margin.