Rise of the Tomb Raider will be Published by Microsoft

Xbox One exec reveals new detail on the extent of the Tomb Raider exclusivity agreement; UPDATE - Square Enix issues statement.

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A Microsoft executive has confirmed that the corporation will act as publisher for Square Enix's Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One.

Aaron Greenberg, a marketing manager for Xbox, revealed the deal when responding to a fan on Twitter.

The newest revelation sheds light on the finer details of The Rise of the Tomb Raider's timed exclusivity deal for Xbox One, but also poses questions about how future ports to other systems will be handled.

Microsoft's agreement to act as publisher likely means it will handle marketing and distribution costs; which possibly could be a responsibility it has taken to help broker the exclusivity deal in the first place.

The deal also suggests how deep the agreement between the two companies has become, as well as how much of the publishing costs Microsoft is willing to shoulder in order to seal an exclusivity agreement. That also, in turn, suggests how far into the future the exclusivity period could last.

Currently, both Microsoft and Square Enix are only saying The Rise of the Tomb Raider is a "holiday 2015" exclusive.

A representative for Square Enix has told GameSpot that Microsoft is providing support across the entire development and publishing pipeline for Rise of the Tomb Raider. The publisher has not yet commented on whether this affects plans for a PlayStation 4 version.

“Yes, Microsoft will be publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox," Square Enix's statement read.

"Microsoft has always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and they will get behind this game with more support across development, marketing and retail than ever before, which we believe will be a step in continuing to build the Tomb Raider franchise as one of the biggest in gaming.”

Microsoft turned heads in August when it revealed that Lara Croft's latest adventure would only be available on Xbox One for a limited time.

In December, Sony revealed it had a major third-party exclusive of its own with Street Fighter V, which will be a PS4 and PC exclusive.

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Wait for the PC "port" that will be released three to six months later--4K/60 FTW.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yippee!! I'm so proud of myself for being a master race dude.

We get all the goodies yeesssss!!!

Take that you console peasants!!

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Lol pc mustard race amiright

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Lol pc mustard race

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"Coming Holiday 2015" What does this mean exactly? is it coming out Newyears Day? Maybe Valentines Day? and then there's memorial day and Independence day. Holiday is a very broad term, be more specific and say "Christmas"


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"Microsoft has always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and they will get behind this game with more support across development, marketing and retail than ever before, which we believe will be a step in continuing to build the Tomb Raider franchise as one of the biggest in gaming.”( all lies ) Yeah right! only there is two things wrong with this statement what about the Tomb Raider fanbase that supported the franchise form that first Tomb Raider released in 1969. Tomb Raider has seen it's ups and downs, but there was the Tomb Raider fanbase to keep the Tomb Raider franchise alive and going. Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics can say anything they want about Microsoft support ( Microsoft only sees potential in Tomb Raider when it gives Microsoft a competitive edge ) with-out Tomb Raider fanbase support there would be no Tomb Raider. if Rise Of The Tomb Raider comes to the PlayStation/PC This will be the only Tomb Raider I am not buying,

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 1969?????????????????????????? Bit later than that. ;o))))

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This is not true Microsoft is not publishing Rise of The Tomb Raider. Rise Of The Tomb Raider is not owned by Microsoft. Microsoft does not own the franchise. Publishing is Square Enix responsibly they own the franchise. Microsoft is only paying for the timed exclusivity that is all anything else is intended to mislead.

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“Yes, Microsoft will be publishing << LINK REMOVED >> on Xbox," Square Enix's statement read.

“And, yes, Sony will be publishing << LINK REMOVED >> on Playstation," Square Enix's statement read.



Marketing speech is duuuuumb.

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Realy sad to see fanboys being so happy and like selfish brats over this, and at the same time call themselves gamers.

Buying a console is a choice, and should be. Some can buy one, some can buy both. Can't you be happy and wishful for every gamer regardless of their 'console-of-choice' and stop supporting these stupid business tactics from both of these organizations? All this is doing is hurting the industry, and the gamers, but no .. keep arguing.

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I hope Xbox keeps this as an exclusive. PS4 got SFV, We get this.

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by the time they release on other platform, the game will be in "goty" or something edition so.... i rather wait and get a good price drop deal for a complete package.



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I get the business angle of exclusives, the idea being that you'll sell enough additional consoles to offset the loss of sales by not distributing widely (or cost of the exclusivity contract as the case may be), I'm just dissapointed because the previous Tomb Raider was an absolutely incredible pleasure and an amazing game and I would have liked to have played it, but I'm not at this time looking for a console..

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For those all who b*tch about exclusives needs to stop because it is all business deal or they own the studio they are making the game. Plus exclusives are the true way to test a console's power.

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The last Tomb Raider was extremely short and easy with zero reply value, but I can't complain since I purchased it for $30 brand new in May. I don't blame Microsoft for wanting to compete with Uncharted 4 even though Rise of the Tomb Raider will come up extremely short in doing so.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> There's a right way and then there's the sleazy way. Get your own studio and release an original IP that can compete instead of buying your way into an existing multiplat decades old franchise with your boatload of Windows $$.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Right way or sleazy way?... You mean just like the deal that Sony struck with Activision over Destiny. Forbidding Microsoft to even advertise Destiny as that isn't a petulant attitude at all.

Wake up guys. You people make me glad I am not immortal so I don't have to share this planet with people like you for too long.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Lol, overdramatic much? If you're already thinking about death, you definitely have suicidal tendencies.


I never took a console side anywhere in my comment "Scott." If Sony is doing a similar thing, like with Street Fighter, that is wrong too. The whole point was breaking long established multiplat IP's and paying extra money to have new entries be exclusive. The new corporate business decisions is what I'm attacking. Get it through your head now or don't, I'm glad you gave me the chance to show you the idiocy of your basic reading comprehension.

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This will be XBox One/PC only just like SFV will be PS4/PC only. It will be a 10-12 months before it hits the PC. It's great to be a true gamer and own all the systems.

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WIll come to PC, not PS4 imo. I'm thinking about why they made this game for the old gen too. 2015 should really be moving forward.

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CONSOLES WONT DO THIS GAME JUSTICE, MICROSHAFT HAVEN'T LEARN ANYTHING FROM ALL THE COMPANIES THAT SAID FK TO PC ? THEY ALL EVENTUALLY FILE BANKRUPTCY. THE CURRENT COMPANY HURTING AND PERFECT EXAMPLE IS CRYENGINE.

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sony and Microsoft making all the games exclusive reminds me of an old mafia saying : its just business , nothing personal :D

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It is just business

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Think you can forget about this game coming to PS4. PC it will I bet.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's what's best for business.

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Will her boobs be small though? This is the real question. They have to be small in order for the character to feel empowered. Otherwise it's not empowerment. If men like it, it's not empowerment.


How am I expected to identify with an unempowered woman?

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I still don't get why MS is so hell bent on taking tomb raider. It sold better last gen on PlayStation and this gen. They even had exclusive dlc last gen on underworld on 360 yet ps3 versions sold better...


Also the Definitive edition runs and looks so much better on PS4...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think you answered your own question. lol!! It won't look or run better on the PS4 anymore. lol!! After DX12 hits, the party is over.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Gosh.. stop being such a fanboy/girl for once.


He's is just upset on losing a multi-platform IP he's a fan of, and is rightfully questioning Square's move on depriving their PS fans of it.

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Still don't like the new botox face, the original one was much better.


Hope SE knows whats it's doing, MS money doesn't come cheap, especially something they don't own.

MS pumped money into and advised Dreamcast to learn the console business.

MS payed to observe yahoo search engine codex now they run it as well as there own engine.

MS publish NG2, others got an inferior port.

TR has one of the best looking multi-plat of late last gen.

This case it must be the dev engine MS is interested in.

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"Tomb Raider" was sold more on a PS platform.

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Does this mean it's not timed anymore and is a pure exclusive?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Could be. Dead Rising 3 was published by Microsoft and hasn't been ported yet.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Unless you are only talking about PS4, you are wrong about Dead Rising 3 not being ported to another platform (like PC). See also Ryse: Son of Rome for another example


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On the other hand, you would be correct to assume that it probably will not be on PS4 any time soon, if at all.

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None said it wasn't timed, lol. Pretty sure TR will stay a timed exclusive. They surely wanna make people think it's a full exclusive, as it's better for them (to sell consoles). Still, if it would be full exclusive, they would say it, just like they did with Titanfall. 1st titanfall was timed exclusive, but it was a big game, and M$ understood they needed the game to be full exclusive. After some talks, M$ said the game is full exclusive and will never come on PS4 (only the next ones will be able to, like titanfall 2 or wathever). If they had secured TR, they would brag about it instead of talking about who publishes it, lol.

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Hey Microsoft, remember Windows? That OTHER platform you had? The one you said you would be doing more for?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Words spoken by Microsoft when they thought they had this console generation in the bag. Plans change, they gotta' sell them X1's!

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“Our partnership with Microsoft on ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ does have a duration, but we aren’t discussing those details at this time and are focused on collaborating to deliver a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360,” a Square Enix representative told us via email. For those of you on PC and PlayStation systems, your hope of playing Rise of the Tomb Raider on other systems lives on.


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<< LINK REMOVED >> dah, they would say it if they owned it. They said it for titanfall (1st it was timed, than M$ paid more to get it full exclusive, and than they bragged about it), there is no way they would be vague for TR, if they had it, they would say it clearly. Since they only say "we publish it on xbox one", it means the game will get on PS4, but not right now, and not published by them. I would be supprised it's not exactly that lol.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Saying nope doesn't make it true little one.

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Capcom needed the development support Microsoft just doing this out sheer spite. SE didn't need the it, Microsoft being some buttholes.

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is it still coming out for xbox 360?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> whaat? Then it's lame. Cross generation games doesn't use the potential of next gen... I'm sad now.

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