Rise of the Tomb Raider Dev Talks Xbox Exclusivity

Crystal Dynamics boss Darrell Gallagher says Microsoft will help developer fully realize the game's potential.

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When Microsoft announced Rise of the Tomb Raider as an Xbox-exclusive last summer, some fans scratched their heads and wondered: Why? After all, the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot was released across Xbox and PlayStation consoles, as well as PC. Now, developer Crystal Dynamics boss Darrell Gallagher has expanded on the nature of the deal, what it means for the game, and more.

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Speaking with Game Informer, Gallagher says the relationship didn't happen overnight. In fact, it's "been a long partnership" that actually began, in a way, back in 2008 when Crystal Dynamics brought Tomb Raider Underworld to the Xbox 360 with some exclusive DLC.

This was followed up with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light in 2013, which was released first on Xbox 360 through Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion. As a result of these previous working relationships, the Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity deal represents a "natural evolution on where we started," Gallagher said.

Microsoft will publish Rise of the Tomb Raider and handle marketing and distribution. Overall, Microsoft working on the project helps Crystal Dynamics "achieve what we want with Rise of the Tomb Raider; to deliver the best game that we can," Gallagher said.

The interviewer went on to ask Gallagher if he thought that Crystal Dynamics' partnership with Microsoft was so deep that Rise of the Tomb Raider could not exist without it. Gallagher said he doesn't think that's the case.

"I wouldn't say that," he said. "If you look at Tomb Raider, it's been around for 20 years, so I do think that Tomb Raider would still be around [without Microsoft]."

Gallagher explained that partnering up with Microsoft helps boost the profile of the Tomb Raider franchise to new heights.

"What we look at is how do we bring the best version of Tomb Raider to market? How do we actually make it as prominent as it can be? And there's no doubt that having a first-party in Xbox, alongside, saying, 'We want to help you make this great, we want to push this and get behind it, and love it in the same way as you guys do,' there's only benefits that can come from that," he said.

The deal also means Crystal Dynamics can tap into Microsoft's hardware-specific expertise to help with the development of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gallagher said. From the start, Microsoft employees have shown initiative to help Crystal Dynamics with the project, asking things like "How can we help?" and "What do you need?," Gallagher said.

"It's been a great partnership so far," he added.

Also in the interview, Gallagher reiterated that Rise of the Tomb Raider could come to PlayStation consoles sometime in the future. This is not too surprising because, after all, we know that Microsoft's exclusivity deal for the game has a duration, and it's not forever.

"We're focusing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 here at Crystal, and that's what we're focused on right now," he said. "And anything beyond? We'll come back to at a later date."

Finally, Gallagher confirmed that the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot has now sold 7.5 million copies.

For more on Rise of the Tomb Raider, check out some newly discovered screenshots below. Rise of the Tomb Raider launches this holiday for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Poor form not releasing the game on PC at launch. Way to alienate your core play group.

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The last tomb raider was awesome and the graphics were top but the actual game was too short.It was so short that it felt like a walk rather than an adventure.

I wonder if this will feel like a big lara adventure like in tomb raider 2

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Gallagher confirms that the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot has now sold 7.5 million copies, and SE still takes Microsoft's money and makes the timed exclusive deal. it's to bad because they could have taken advantage of instead of releasing Rise of The Tomb Raider on Xbox ( MS is not saying how many Xbox one's sold ) SE could have released Rise Of The Tomb Raider on all platforms, PlayStation 4 ( Sony has sold 20 million PS4 ) and every one owns a PC, But no Gallagher in making really dumb reasons for The timed exclusivity deal. Gallagher is saying a-lot about Microsoft support and longtime interest in Tomb raider. Microsoft's interest in any game is when it gives Microsoft a competitive edge. The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot has sold 7.5 million copies is mostly due to the gaming community support. I have supported the Tomb Raider franchise from that first one back in 1996 I have every Tomb Raider ever made, so the longtime and interest in Tomb Raider and it's been around for 20 years is not because of Microsoft is the gaming community that matters the most. This timed exclusivity of the whole game to one console is not what I support and the console holder that makes the deal and the greedy publisher that accepts. Rise Of The Tomb Raider will be the only Tomb Raider I am not buying. SE is not getting a red cent from me. Only I am taking it a step beyond no SE published games for me. crash and burn SE.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I feel for you to I didn`t get into tomb raider until the ps2 and when I did I got hooked. I almost own all the tomb raider games for ps2,ps3 and ps4.i will also not get rise for the xbox. if they do make it for ps4 then I will get it.

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I am not going to be bullied by Microsoft to buy a Xbox one. and I am not going to be talked down to by CD head like I am stupid. I bought Tomb Raider the reboot 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and the PC and then I bought Tomb Raider definitive edition for the PlayStation 4. This is a slap in the face insult. without fanbase support there would be no Tomb Raider. No this will be the only Tomb Raider I am not buying. they are not getting a penny from me. They are not screenshots? they show concept art passing them of as screenshots.

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I am not going to be bullied by Microsoft to buy a Xbox one. and I am not going to be talked down to by CD head like I am stupid

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Crystal Dynamics have their head up their own bottom. They have a totally distorted self centred view of how things work. Who cares if it is good for Tomb Raider or Crystal Dynamics if it means denying the loyal fans from playing it. If the fans cannot play it, the game is useless. You may as well just bury it right now. If a book is not allowed to be read or a groups music is not alloiwed to be heard, you may as well just burn them. They serve no purpose at all.

Crystal Dynamics are under the illusion that it is right for the fans to be sacrificed on the alter for the benefit of the game. It's a perverted view driven by greed and corrupt MS bribes. Even if the long term plan is to eventually make it available to all, it's totally unforgivable to stab fans in the back like this in order to create false exclusivity for financial gain.

Tomb Raider is now a cultural icon that belongs to the people. It's too big to be locked down with petty capitalist deals.The fans own Tomb Raider, not Crystal Dynamics. The fans pay their wages when they buy the game. It is the fans that have kept the game alive and made it the success it is today. And as a reward we get betrayal. Tomb Raider fans have a long memory and will never forgive them for this.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Then buy and Xbox One. Otherwise just shut up!

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Why? So we can b retarded as u?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Like you responding to a month and a half old comment. If I want to play a game, I'm going to buy the platform to play that game. It doesn't matter if its the XOne,PS4,Wii U,etc. Complaining about it like a baby is pathetic.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Pathetic as in you responding to said reply from over a month ago just cause he got his Xbox fanboy panties in a twist? What was I complaining about retard?

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Ya and Microsoft say they gonna focus more on pc gaming this year. What a load of bullshit there Microsoft

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I own both a PS4 and X1. I strongly believe that it is BS that Rise Of The Tomb Raider & Street Fighter 5 won't be available day 1 for ALL X1, PS4, &/OR 360/PS3 owners to play. I'm not even a fan of any of these two franchises. I just think that PlayStation fans deserve to play Rise Of The Tomb Raider at the same time as Xbox fans & Xbox fans deserve to play Street Fighter 5 at the same time as PlayStation fans. This is retarded. To those of you who want to send a message to the publishers, buy these games at $20 or less AFTER they both have a "Complete Edition".

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He's so full of crap he could be used as fertilizer.

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Guess who did not had bought temple of osiris or any SE games after exclusivity backstab? Me and many more now GO AND BURN SE.

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did i miss the salt n tears?......yep i did hahahahaha, cant wait to play both uncharted 4 and rise of the tomb raider, gonna be a good 2015

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Lara went from looking like a sexy 24 yr old Puerto Rican on the definitive edition to a 32 yr old Frenchwomen on this game wow lool

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>Xbox 360


Bleh, consoles always holding the new games back :\

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>Xbox 360


Bleh, consoles always holding the new games back :\

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>Xbox 360


Bleh, consoles always holding the new games back :\

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God here we go. MS did this when the Xbox first came out. They pay for distribution and publishing and marketing plus hand holding by engineers during development. So they can secure the exclusive

**** Tomb Raider and this whole company. I'm not even going to wait for this piece of shit.

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The only thing that pissed me off is the whole idea of exclusives isn't for the fans its for those guys at Microsoft. TR was originally was not just restricted on one console hell years ago I remember I only played it for the PC when it first came out. Why can't they say yeah we needed the money because giving us roundabout answers only pisses people off more I think.

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Bunch of empty words spoon fed to him by the marketing department.

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Meh, if the last TR was any indication, non Xbox players won't be missing out on much...especially the MP.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I liked the game a lot, but yeah, the MP was just awful.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I really liked the reboot actually

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Didnt the last TR won many awards and such?

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It will come to the PC and PS4 on either mid or fall of 2016 or early 2017, by the way the idea of timed exclusivity is just plain stupid

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It'll also be, the Definitive Edition, undoubtedly. So I'll wait.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Better than buying a franchise.

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Better for who? Tomb Raider fans?

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Can we go back to a time when there were politics AGAINST the videogame industry rather than IN them?

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So PS4 & XBONE will be two years old and you'll still be releasing a major game on a previous gen platforms? Lame-sauce.

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They paid us more money. It'll be on PS3/4 and PC eventually, don't worry.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> lol no the deal still going on whether it will on ps4 or not it's up to microsoft pocket and we know ms pocket is unlimited ROFL

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Not the PS3. This is next gen graphics.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's also coming for 360.

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$$$$

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SquareEnix along with developer Crystal Dynamics are the Mr. Crabs of the games publishing/development industry. Money money money...

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Please explain the explanation.


"natural evolution on where we started," does that mean MS started with smaller bribe and then bribe grew bigger and bigger? he didn't give any real explanation.

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