It’s no secret that Rise of the Tomb Raider, the upcoming Lara Croft sequel is launching this fall as an Xbox One exclusive. PC and PS4 gamers are going to have to wait until sometime at the end of 2016 to play it. I’d like to say that this is a complete middle finger to Tomb Raider fans along with all gamers in general.
Crystal Dynamics, the studio releasing the game, thinks that by explaining why they’re delaying these versions makes a difference. You can check out the full write up here:
"As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio."
"Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft."
Let me sum this up: because Xbox was a bigger supporter of the original Tomb Raider reboot, they’re letting the sequel be exclusive on that platform for one year. “Screw you”, Crystal Dynamics. Your fans have nothing to do with either the “interoffice politics” of that industry or your company. Snubbing a substantial size of your market affects only one group here: your fans.
I’m not a hardcore fan of the series, and I’ll play the game once it releases for everyone. But you can believe that if a studio pulled this shit with Batman: Arkham Knight, this post would be a hell of a lot longer.