Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox Exclusivity Announcement Didn't Mean to Cause Confusion, Dev Says

Crystal Dynamics says that if there was any confusion about the nature of Rise of the Tomb Raider's Xbox exclusivity, it wasn't intentional.

If there was any confusion about the nature of Rise of the Tomb Raider's Xbox exclusivity, it wasn't Crystal Dynamics' intention, the developer has said.

In a Rise of the Tomb Raider FAQ posted to the game's official Tumblr, Crystal Dynamics was asked why Microsoft, Square Enix, or Crystal Dynamics itself didn't say upfront that this was a timed exclusive, and why it used indirect language.

"We certainly didn’t intend to cause any confusion with the announcement," Crystal Dynamics said. "The Microsoft Gamescom stage was a great place to make the initial announcement, but not necessarily to go into details."

When it was first announced at Gamescom that Rise of the Tomb Raider was exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 in holiday 2015, there was some question as to whether this was merely a timed exclusive, which would allow the game to come to other platforms sometime following its Xbox debut.

Some fans were angry and upset that they wouldn't be able to play the sequel to 2013's Tomb Raider on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC, but Head of Xbox Phil Spencer eventually announced that the exclusivity won't last forever.

Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics said that the deal will help elevate the Tomb Raider franchise. The deal between Microsoft and Square Enix, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, is a win/win situation, and not an attack on PlayStation fans. Signing Rise of the Tomb Raider as an Xbox-exclusive for next year will also help Microsoft better compete with Sony's 2015 game Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Spencer said at the time.

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diaz3
diaz3

Seems to me like Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox one, 360 and eventual PC exclusive. The term ''Timed exclusive'' was a deliberate way of making the game seem like an eventual multiplate i think but seen as MS are its publishers i don't see this game moving beyond the PC/Xbox brand.

rebfaction
rebfaction

Yeah yeah we know all that, not an attack on PlayStation players, and not an attack on PC players, and not an attack on the Tomb Raider fanbase that don't own an Xbox.  Releasing Rise Of the Tomb Raider on one console will help elevate the Tomb Raider franchise and it's a win/win situation. The Xbox-exclusive will help compete with Sony's Uncharted 4. Only Sony's Uncharted 4 has nothing to do with the reason for the Rise Of The Tomb Raider exclusivity. What Microsoft is saying with this exclusivity we want Rise Of The Tomb Raider in the hope Tomb Raider will help sale Xbox one's to better compete with Sony's console. Crystal Dynamics says "We certainly didn't intend to cause any confusion with the announcement,"  They are still intentionally confusing. Uncharted 4 will probably be delayed. to Q2 2016        

chaazin
chaazin

Square Enix lost a lot of money over the first one because it did not sell well. Now you make it on one console and think it will do better? Where is the logic?

cryaoticishere
cryaoticishere

PS4 Exclusive games are far better than XBOX games!

RYSE Son of Rome and Dead Rising 3 are for PC now!



TacticaI
TacticaI

To say it wasn't intentional is a bold-face lie. Period. That is the name of the game these days. These timed exclusivity deals, if not effecting which version retail copy of the game is on the shelf, it's effecting the DLC available to which consoles and when. MS wasn't even allowed to talk about Destiny. GTA for PC is delayed till the end of January "to make the most amazing pc version" they can. This what the industry has turned into.  

laodang
laodang

Don't matter I watch the cut seanes on u tube lol

bourne714
bourne714

MS bought this time exclusive deal to have something to compete with Uncharted.  I think that's a great idea and all, but I would have taken it one step further.  I'm playing the "kind of broken" WarFrame right now on Xbox One...and I'm loving it so far for some reason.  It has this futuristic Tomb Raider feel in a way.  If I was MS I would have bought this game IP (for a lot less than what Tomb Raider cost I bet) and put a better in house studios on this for a reboot of sort.  Keep the cool sci-fi feel of the original game but give it AAA overhaul to compete with the likes of Uncharted.  Overhaul the wonky stealth and platforming mechanics, give it a cover system and an epic story and it would be badass.  It has a lot of potential but I doubt it will ever be realized with Digital Extremes.

maestrocrone
maestrocrone

All this talk about games exclusive to one platform has only 1 real intention: To promote the platform.

With that in mind it's the usual "money talks" fact that comes into play on the expense of the gamers that doesn't necessarily have every platform available.

This kind of "partnership" I feel is devestating to a game franchise, as long as it isn't the same company that produce the platform that also produce the game (then they can be as obnoxious as they please), since this will surely anger more fans then please them.


Hope you made a ton of money on the deal.

If fact; hope you made enough money on the deal to never make another one like it, and use those money to make a third Tomb Raider, for everyone, that is the best one yet.

barffy194
barffy194

Why make tomb raider exclusive to any platform, it's always survived as a none exclusive before, I don't see how it benefits the brand in any way, shape or form.

And as for being a competitor to Uncharted 4............what??????

None of the recent tomb raider games has even come close to Uncharted in terms of story, graphical clout or gameplay (and definitely not voice acting).

GehanM
GehanM

It wasn't intentional? Go F yourself! CD & SE

hearnden123
hearnden123

Microsoft are just doing it to get more money from selling XBOX ones at the same time the creator of rise of tomb raider will lose money. The game would look and play a lot better on the playstation 4. It such a stupid move because for a game franchise that has been multi platform for so long to then suddenly move to one specific console.

jark888
jark888

That's all cool. Nice move as for Xbox sake to avoid unnecessary suffering like its prequel on Xbox 360. 

xTheTrueSeekerx
xTheTrueSeekerx

I don't know, I still don't see anything that says this is a timed exclusive. The way it seems to me is, RotTR is exclusive to the X1 for the foreseeable future. The length of the exclusivity lasts the life of this title, after which the next game will be multiplatform and RotTR will be likely be ported.

I won't believe its a timed exclusive until I hear the words "timed exclusive" from either CD or MS, or CD says explicitly that its coming to PC and/or PS4. If it was timed, don't you think by now that CD would have used that exact wording to alleviate the situation? Its a little shady by them I'll admit, but logic suggests they're avoiding that exact phrasing for a reason.

TacticaI
TacticaI

Being a timed exclusive will elevate the Tomb Raider series? I'm speechless. 

hwoarang45
hwoarang45

dunno whats the buzz here i got both system , whats to worried.. just get an xbox u are really a super tomb fan.. for me i grew tired of playing so many tomb series.. nothing really interest me anymore.. plenty other games offer virtual boobies or adventure ,exploring etc..meh... skip... for me.. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

But the new TR isn't like the older games at all, not even "virtual boobies." It's more like Uncharted. So by skipping it you're really losing out.

hwoarang5
hwoarang5

@Vodoo exactly its more like uncharted , already have all the series... and played the last tomb, its can have better graphics and controls, but still the same type of action adventure game of lara tombraiding... havent we get bored of that d? well , i wont mine getting it once its at sales though but it surely wont be day1 titles for me.. plenty other nice titles coming on xb1...

Vodoo
Vodoo

I'm really getting sick of this "PENDING" bs, blocking my comments. I wrote a really good post and it blocked it for no reason at all. Get a new system Gamespot because the one you have isn't working.

qursdxx
qursdxx

They already have a decent game to battle Uncharted. I think Quantum Break will be a crazy game. They didn't have to go and rob other people of Tomb Raider. It's not like the game is going to use the Kinetic or smartglass. Playstation could've did something good with the controller. Sixaxis, touchpad, speaker on the controller. Oh well I have both systems anyways so I'll be playing the Tombs either way.

xenus_13
xenus_13

So they responded...but everyone is still giving out vague information. Really great comms guys! Hard to believe you are all media based companies .

blackx114
blackx114

This is nonsense. Of course the confusion was intentional. If they truly didn't intend to cause confusion, all they had to say was that Rise of the Tomb Raider was coming to Xbox "FIRST." (This is what Activision and Microsoft say every year in regards to Call of Duty DLC.)  Had that wording (or similar) been used, it would have been clear to everyone that the exclusivity was temporary.

rolla020980
rolla020980

Going on a limb here, but is there any information on what other platforms this will end up launching for? From what I read, there was only the (what turned out to be) timed exclusivity announcement. While I would imagine this will eventually end up on the PS4 if not the PS3 as well, but at this point there is no indication of that happening. I would imagine PC would happen first give TR's history and the history of most XBOX exclusive games going to PC.

deathstream
deathstream

@qursdxx


I'd reverse that to for sure on PC and possibly on PS4.  MS is dumping a ton of money into the production of this game.  This game is as much MS as Bloodbourne is Sony with the sole exception being which company is credited as the publisher.

qursdxx
qursdxx

For sure it will end up on PS4 and possibly PC. I doubt it will be PS3 and XBOX 360.

ima_flyguy
ima_flyguy

Playstation tomb raider fans have bombarded them with complaints as the tomb raider series has always been playstation and it would be unfair to deny them the next installment. It's like making halo 5 playstation exclusive it just wouldn't be tolerated by the fans. It's a very bad move if they don't release on playstation eventually as they will lose a ton of money and all future tomb raider titals would be boycotted by playstation tomb raider fans.

Cryoteck
Cryoteck

No, the confusion was exactly what was wanted. The idea was to muddy the waters for the average gamer (most of which do not closely follow gaming news) so they think Rise of the Tomb raider is a full exclusive and are more likely to buy an xbox one. That's why microsoft and crystal dynamics have refused to bluntly say that the game is coming to other consoles at a later date.

deathstream
deathstream

@Cryoteck


You don't spend millions of dollars to fund a game and then announce that eventually it might come to the other console.  If the game hits PS4 at some point, PS4 only gamers will owe MS a big Thank You, as SE was unlikely to move forward on the game without a partner.

EliOli
EliOli

What confusion?  They made it clear that they had a money grab deal with Microsoft.  This made it clear to me that I'm going to skip on this title when it comes on on PC.  I might pick it up at a much later date if it comes out for 75% off on a Steam sale, but I'm not going to support these companies when they pull this kind of thing.

deathstream
deathstream

@EliOli


MS is helping to FUND the game.  It is not a money-grab deal any more than Sony's deal with From for Bloodborne is.

RossRichard
RossRichard

That must be why they really tried to nail the message "Coming out Holiday 2015 exclusively on XBox One", because they weren't trying to confuse anyone on the timed exclusivity.

sonypony4eva
sonypony4eva

LMAO @ Tomb Raider attempting to compete with Uncharted.


That's like a random UPS delivery man trying to compete against LeBron James 1-on-1 in basketball. Good luck with that Crystal Dynamics. I needed my laugh for the day.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@sonypony4eva - to be fair. Lara Croft is video game royalty. She was the first REALLY popular mainstream female protagonist. It is one of the longest running franchises in gaming (almost 20 years and counting). 


Tomb Raider has the legacy and the name to compete with almost any title in gaming shy of Mario and.......well.......that's about it. 


that being said, it doesn't really rise to the level of Uncharted.....or ashamedly so, doesn't really rise to the level of even Halo. 


so at the end of the day, the results are the same. 

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

@sonypony4eva - all due respect to Samus and Metroid. But gaming was much more mainstream when Lara hit her stride

Eliphs
Eliphs

@Jdzspace I agree and disagree with your statement.  Lara became popular because they oversexualized everything about her (or attempted to given graphic limitations).  And by stride, I would argue that Tomb Raider's successors were effectively rehashed games, same graphics, with slightly more animated hair, slightly curvier boobs.  And even then got REALLY bad in later iterations.  Lara isn't so much video game royalty as video game celebrity that's had a lot of work done her on and gone through rehab.

Neo_OnionKnight
Neo_OnionKnight

I don't see any reason to be upset, there's Uncharted 4. But most people would still be stuck playing Destiny, Witcher 3, Bloodborne and other early releases with possible DLC to keep them locked down.


Just get the game 6 months later, the Gold edition all patched up with free DLC sprinkles at chump change price. That is if you remember it when more games flood the market.

Yeahright2
Yeahright2

The divinities edition wasn't at chump change price. This one will most likely be full retail with just dlc included for free

Daian
Daian

There's so much bullshit in their statements I can smell it through my computer. Which is impressive considering they're defying the laws of reality.

ilovelctr
ilovelctr

Sorry, Crystal Dynamics, if the truth is really like what you're saying now and if you didn't intend to go into details in the first place, why didn't you make it clear in the SECOND place, by which I mean the statement you publicized to Tomb Raider fans right after the towering malaise arose, when you had the chance? See, this was posted by you on 12th Aug, and nothing here indicated the nature of the exclusivity being timed:

http://www.tombraiderchronicles.com/headlines3942.html

Your so-called explanation this time will only lead to fans being more irritated.

deathstream
deathstream

@ilovelctr


I am sure that the contract legal forbids them from saying that TR 2 will come to other platforms in the future.  It defeats the point of a timed exclusive to say otherwise up front.  The bottom line is that MS is helping to fund this game after SE was unhappy with the sales of the first one.  Without MS, the game might not be made or might have a MUCH smaller budget.  If the deal is timed, that is a bonus for the other platforms because they are getting a game that they wouldn't have if not for MS.


This deal is win-win for gamers if the game comes to PS4 in 2016.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

No one's really going to believe this; the conference wording was clearly and obviously designed to make it sound exclusive while being worded in a way that once it was outed they could defend they had never claimed otherwise - it wasn't written to confuse, but it was deliberately written to allow people to take it the way they hoped they would. I had no proof it would be timed but said, even during the feed, that it probably would be purely because of the way they pushed that wording about holiday 2015 to cover their collective behinds.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

@Carpetfluff But when they said "Exclusively for the Xbox", they didnt mean "Exclusively for the Xbox".  Obviously.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@daikkenaurora12 @Carpetfluff That's what I just said. They worded it very carefully to imply it while not leaving themselves open to being accused of lying once the truth came out. They were very careful to use the phrase 'exclusive to Xbox One for holiday 2015' - which it is, but that doesn't stop it being non exclusive after that point. They also chose not to even mention the 360 version because they wanted people to think they needed the new hardware, not the MS hardware they already owned. None of it was a lie, it was just carefully worded to deceive.

ProMethUse
ProMethUse

A Xbox One sales steroid if I ever saw one. 

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

EU sites mentioned the "timed" status right after it was announced - and whoever said it will be only timed exclusive, said it right after the gamescom show.

EU amazon sites amazon.de (Germany), amzon.fr (France) and amazon.it (italy) have already listed PS4 and PC Versions of TRoTR.

I would simply say MS tried to get some momentum out of the deal and tried to sell it as full and only Xone limited exclusive.

But thats just what i read here on gamespot - i read the same day its only timed exclusiv as they posted here its unknown and should be an Xone exclusive. Later a message from CD about how happy they are to make the game xone exclusive was posted here too.


Seems like gamespot also tried to let you know its Xone exclusive, they could have simply find the information which i found on google - there were different sites writing about  the timed exclusive status of TroTR.

Great job Gamespot ... and MS and CD and SE ... 

lets hope MS xone will die soon, and we won't be fooled by them any more.

In the end everybody should have known this - MS simply doesn't seem to understand what exclusive console game means ... sad they still do their tries, but there may be more fools then expected who buy the crap.



 

rolla020980
rolla020980

@Lykanthropie 

Microsoft said it was exclusive for the release... not full on exclusive. That came from the head of Crystal Dynamics (can't remember his name right now and I am too lazy to look it up). He specifically stated that this was not timed and was a full on exclusive and now CD is backpedaling. 

Let's hope the XBOX One does not die soon. Saying things like that causes you to lose all validity and just proves your position as a fanboy. Go rant elsewhere.

Xmus942
Xmus942

@Lykanthropie

I hope Microsoft thrives. They've done a good job so far, but they have a way to go before they beat Sony's first party line up.