Square Enix Weighs in on Rumored Rise of the Tomb Raider Sequel

"We're always thinking about the future of the franchise."

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Yesterday at Gamescom, Sqaure Enix revealed that the story arc that began with 2013's Tomb Raider reboot and continues with this year's Rise of the Tomb Raider will carry on with a third game as part of a trilogy. The quote came from Square Enix Americas and Europe CEO Phil Rogers, and it appears to have come too early, as a follow-up to Rise of the Tomb Raider had not been previously announced.

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Now, Square Enix has weighed in on the matter with a new statement sent to GameSpot.

"We're always thinking about the future of the franchise, but right now we're focused on the upcoming release of Rise of the Tomb Raider," the company said.

A follow-up to Rise of the Tomb Raider wouldn't be altogether surprising, however. Back in 2012, before the release of the Tomb Raider reboot, then-global brand director Karl Stewart said Crystal Dynamics would need multiple games to tell Lara Croft's new story.

"You have to look at the future, you have to look at where…It's not just one game," Stewart said at the time. "I have to be careful because I know exactly where she's going."

Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on November 10 as a timed-exclusive for Xbox One and Xbox 360. It will be released for PC and PlayStation 4 in 2016. The game's exclusivity arrangement with Microsoft has ruffled some feathers, but Square Enix stresses that Tomb Raider is not becoming an Xbox-only franchise.

We learned and saw a lot more of Rise of the Tomb Raider this week at Gamescom. Check out some of the top stories and previews below.

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No TR CAN'T go against Fallout 4 TR offers a 10 to 15 hours play experience whereas Fallout 4 offers over 400 hours of play expereince along with mods and Falluot 4 will come out to all platforms giving it a much larger audience. Fallout 4 has a huge fanbase who've been waitng for years for a new game. TR problems don't end there In addtion to having to face Fallout 4 it has to go up against Star Wars Battlefront anouther heavy hitter with a huge fanbase which comes out on ....yep you guess it Nov 10th. TR is DOOMED !

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"We're always thinking about ways of milking more money out of a tired franchise."

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@Sgt-Damain: No that;s Uncharted

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Are you also thinking about big fat paychecks being given for betraying half your fans?

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I am not fucking interested in Tomb Raider any more. I am no longer supporting the Tomb Raider franchise. greedy Square Enix Americas and Europe CEO Phil Rogers Has killed my passion and commitment to Tomb Raider by accepting a large some of money from Microsoft to exclude PlayStation and PC, so that Microsoft's lineup for 2015 looks "great" I am not happy with it at all and the more they say about as to why the decision to go with the timed exclusivity deal with Microsoft that it's for the good of Tomb Raider franchise the more pissed off it makes me. I am not buying Rise Of The Tomb Raider, and I am not buying none of Square Enix published games. The GREEDY publisher it dead to me.

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@jdtikleish1: I would say what Square Enix has done to Tomb Raider is for even stronger words for money grabbing. The greedy publisher accepting Microsoft's money plus the combined sells of 8.5 million copies of the previous instalment of Tomb Raider, witch was maltiplatform, and say to fans and committed gamers of tomb Raider that with the sequel to Tomb Raider 2013 would be exclusive to the Xbox, and say to fans of Tomb Raider that going with the timed exclusive is the right thing to do, so Phil Spencer can say "having Rise Of The Tomb Raider in Microsoft's 2015 lineup looks great". Phil Rogers Of Square Enix talked about Microsoft "passion and commitment to Tomb Raider" is laughable PR corporate bullshit, the passion and commitment comes from passionate and committed gamers. gaming industry like Microsoft and Sony are going to use the power of money to buy third party exclusives. but we have the power to put an end to third party exclusives by not buying. Third party Exclusives hurts gamers.

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@rebfaction: Street Fighter V says hi! You think Microsoft and Square Enix are the only ones who do these kind of deals? Sony has done the worse one of all by make Street Fighter V and permanent console exclusive. At least you guys are getting this game later on for PC and PS4. Perhaps you should take into consideration on what you comment instead of just commenting things like that. Don't want to buy it, fine your choice but that doesn't mean you have to go and bash all the other games in Xbox lineup. The only reason it is timed is because the 2013 game didn't meet expectations, so Microsoft stepped in and help fund the game. Just be lucky that you are getting it. Another move from Microsoft was when they bought out Mojang. They could of took off Minecraft from all Sony platforms but they didn't. Show to see who is a more greedy company. *cough Sony*cough

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@sergio_g8234: LOL!! I am so amused that some of you use Street Fighter V to say that Sony is doing the same thing Microsoft has been doing. Microsoft is known for going this shit buying up third party exclusives instead of investing their money in first party developers. Sony invest their money in first party studios.

This is so funny that you would even say what Sony has done with Street Fighter V and say nothing about Dead Rising 3. Dead Rising 2 was realised on the PlayStation 3, but Dead Rising 3 will never see the light of day on the PlayStation console thanks to Microsoft.

Microsoft bought minecraft for 2 billion they would be really stupid to take it off the PlayStation console. At the time they made the exclusivity deal announcement with Microsoft that Rise Of The Tomb Raider would be exclusive to the Xbox. Tomb Raider 2013 sold over 7 million copies. Greedy Square Enix has met and exceeded expectations with 8.5 million copies sold, and that's more then enough money to make Rise Of The Tomb Raider.

I am not bashing nothing, just the greed at Square Enix, and the PR corporate bullshit they are trying to feed fans and committed gamers. I am not buying Rise Of The Tomb Raider and I am not buying none of Square Enix published games. The GREEDY publisher is dead to me.

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@rebfaction Notice I said you PRETEND to claim Square Enix is dead to you for bring GREEDY!,I DOUBT You will ever back your words because of the games I just mention..

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@Staranime010: I don't care about any of the games you mentioned. I am not going to buy The Final Fantasy 7 remake because, The greedy publisher accepting Microsoft's money to make Rise Of The Tomb Raider a timed exclusive to Microsoft's Xbox and the money they made from the combined sales of 8.5 million copies sold of the previous instalment of Tomb Raider would make Final Fantasy 7 remake possible. Hell the remake of Final Fantasy 7 would make them a-lot more money, they would sellout Tomb Raider to Microsoft and they would get free marketing advertising and distribution for the Xbox version and in return PlayStation 4 and PC owners and fans already know about, so the greedy publisher don't have to worry about marketing advertising for the Xbox version.

I am not pretending and my claims The GREEDY publisher is dead to me is true I am so pissed off at them and me being pissed off will be nothing compared to how I am going to feel about them when Rise Of The Tomb Raider is realised later this year. I am not buying any games that are published by the GREEDY PUBLISHER SQUARE ENIX.

OOOHH "we knew we ware going to disappoint fans in the sort-term"??? , thinking that once Rise Of The Tomb Raider is realised on the PC a few months later and PlayStation 4 a year later everything is going be just fine, peachy, and dandy sweep it under the rug forgive and forget, Well I am not forgiving and I am not going to forget or sweep it under the rug like it never was just MONEY GRABBING.

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@rebfaction: Well, hopefully you will keep your order, that means you won't buy Kingdom Hearts 3,The Final Fantasy 7 remake, Final Fantasy XV and Star Ocean 5? Since you know those are Square Enix published games since you pretend to claim they are dead to you.

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what the hell! The game isn't even out yet!

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Can we please wait for games to be out before sequels are announced?

Or maybe you can sell me early access to the pre-alpha concept art.

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Watch the sequel be a PS4 timed exclusive

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Glad there might be a sequel in the works. I'm looking forward to it but I'm holding out until the PS4 version. I could buy it on X1, but I played the 2013 version on PS3 and PS4 and I want it to continue on that platform (also that I am very much am displeased with the exclusivity deal). Honestly what makes this super easy is that I'm going to have Tales of Zestria, Forza 6, Fallout 4, Xenoblade Chronicles X and Halo 5 keeping me very busy. If all those weren't coming out, I would probably have cracked and picked it up on the X1 at launch.

What I hope is that it SE have reasonable sales expectations for it only being on X1 for a bit and don't go canning the sequel because it didn't sell well and realize it's because this deal was a bad choice.

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This makes me wonder if we'll ever see the 'adult' Lara ever again. Not that I don't enjoy the adventures of her younger days, but I do miss, among other things, the aristocratic demeanor she possesses in the old games.

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@reduc_ab_: I wouldn't mind seeing her older, but the character model would need an overhaul. I am a bigger fan of the realistic Laura in the reboot. If they aged her into her late 20's into 30's (i'm not really sure how old Laura was in the old games) would be fine. I get why people would want to see a more refined and proper Laura of the past.

Maybe could remake the originals with the current control scheme, thats my thing with every TR prior to Crystal Dynamics, I hate the Tank Controls.

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@blizzard2188: What is the definition of the realistic Lara in the reboot as to the Lara in the older Tomb Raider??

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"Microsoft chastised us for leaking the next game which won't be a timed-exclusive, so now we're trying to desperately keep you interested in that game you're already disinterested in"

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@jdtikleish1: I will never play this game.

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@Thanatos2k said:

"Microsoft chastised us for leaking the next game which won't be a timed-exclusive, so now we're trying to desperately keep you interested in that game you're already disinterested in"

THIS

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Yeah.....f**k this noise, How about a new Legacy of Kain ffs

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"I have to be careful because I know exactly where she's going."

Straight to XBox, amirite? :-P

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@The_Iron_Goat: Not likely.

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-follow-up-teased-not-an-xb/1100-6429504/

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Lately though, all Square Enix's thinking about is mullah....and lots of it since they're in a tight spot right now, franchise and fanbase be damned.

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@berserker66666: yeah, because their fanbase's praise and gratitude could totally keep them afloat and insure that none of their employees and their families won't end up homeless and starve to death. Greedy assholes...

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@Zeeksie: Fanbase PAYS for the product first THEN praise and show gratitude. You piss on the fanbase, they won't buy the game and Square won't get paid.

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@berserker66666 said:

Lately though, all Square Enix's thinking about is mullah....and lots of it since they're in a tight spot right now, franchise and fanbase be damned.

Forum praise doesn't pay employees.

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We need a tomb raider-uncharted crossover game

Gona be awesome

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@Monsterkillah: I was thinking about that yesterday. Nathen Drake and Lara Croft working together......EPIC.

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@berserker66666 said:

@Monsterkillah: I was thinking about that yesterday. Nathen Drake and Lara Croft working together......EPIC.

Naked..................

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@cainetao11: LOL yup.

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So they 'weiged in' by saying nothing at all lol.

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It's all about advertising and being on the spotlight.

It would be frown upon to just mention "Hey look at my company's name" and say nothing more. They need to ellaborate an article.

BUT, let's see what the gameplay will look like, who knows if it's going to be good or bad yet?

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With the exhorbitant cost of their FF games on mobile and the constant, constant remasters/rerelease/remixes, Sqenix always came across as a money grabbing company. They're doing very little to disprove that.

I'm sure some nice analysts took a look and worked out how much they'd lose on PS4 sales by releasing a year later and how much they'd gain with the exclusivity payment and said it was a good idea. What that doesn't show though is damage to the company reputation, reduced public trust and a decrease in sales across all games in future because of that.

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@mattcake: No loss in reputation... no more than taking a Sony payment for FF7 remake exclusivity would damage them.

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@TTDog: that what wrong ps4 sold a lots consles and ff7 sold a lot before came PC and will do again. Ps4 is future deal with it.

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Damage control incoming.

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