It’s fair to say that Microsoft and Square Enix received a lot of flack due to some of the vague and confusing messaging regarding Rise of the Tomb Raider being exclusive to the Xbox One when it was announced. As we all are well aware, the term “exclusive” doesn’t quite mean what it once did, typically resulting in games or content releasing for other platforms after a certain duration of time. Companies like to hide this fact as much as possible in order to get people to buy in to their product instead of waiting for it to release elsewhere. From a business standpoint, it makes sense. From a consumer standpoint, it’s frustrating.
With this Tomb Raider sequel, we may have gotten out answer earlier this week as to it’s platform status. For you PlayStation players, the news is potentially grim.
Aaron Greenburg, head of games marketing over at Microsoft, confirmed via tweet that they are publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider. Not only that, Square Enix also confirmed that publishing is being handed by Microsoft who will also help market, promote, and support development efforts as well.
With Microsoft now fully involved with the game, it’s quite unlikely that Rise of the Tomb Raider will see the light of day on a Sony console. Best case scenario that I see is the same fate as Ryse: Son of Rome and Dead Rising 3 in that it releases on PC six months to a year after release.
Don’t feel too bad about the news PlayStation fans as Nathan Drake would like to invite you to his adventure next year. The good news is that you’ll definitely get your treasure hunting fix if you need one.