Tomb Raider deal “has a duration”, says Microsoft
It’s just back and forth, back and forth with these types of things, isn’t it? Nearly a full 24 hours ago, Microsoft sent the internet into a frenzy by announcing that Rise of the Tomb Raider would release exclusively on Xbox next year. But as we’ve come to realise lately, there are many ways to dance around the facts.
What we do know is that Rise of the Tomb Raider, at launch in holiday 2015, will only be on Xbox One and Xbox 360. That’s a fact. But in an interview with Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, Eurogamer discovered that the exclusivity deal has a duration. Which means that once it’s over, Rise of the Tomb Raider could release on other platforms.
In other words, Microsoft does not own the Tomb Raider IP, Square Enix still does.
Spencer said he understood the reaction from fans, but also asks the public to understand that Microsoft is there to talk about there games and not the possibility of titles on other platforms.
“I don’t own them building Tomb Raider on other platforms. I can’t talk about the franchise that way. I can talk about the deal I have.”
That deal will give Microsoft the rights to the sequel for a limited time period, after which Square Enix is free to do what ever they want. That doesn’t necessarily mean Rise of the Tomb Raider will come to other platforms, especially since there’s no word on how long the deal lasts. What it does mean is that Tomb Raider, as a franchise, is not an Xbox exclusive, which is sure to relieve every Sony fan globally.
Will Square bring Rise of the Tomb Raider to other platforms? Probably, we just have to wait and see how long after the Xbox release though.