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Reaction: Why Lara Croft Will Still Raid PS4 in Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Reading between the lines

Kudos to Microsoft, it actually dropped a press conference megaton. While we’d argue that Jack Tretton’s corporate beatdown at E3 2013 was a memorable media briefing moment, it wasn’t exactly a huge surprise – in fact, those are becoming rarer as the major industry players all merge into a similar entity. The fact that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an honest, genuine Xbox One exclusive was a shock, however. But will it really?

The firm from Redmond certainly wants you to believe that it is, and it’s succeeded in selling that story. Visit any number of other gaming websites right now and you’ll see the sequel to last year’s multiformat Tomb Raider reboot being paraded as an ‘Only on Xbox’ title. However, we picked up on some clever wording during the press conference that suggests that you shouldn’t take everything that you read at face value.

For example, Xbox chief Phil Harrison was keen to emphasise that the title will be “exclusive in 2015” and that “Xbox One will be the only platform that you’ll be able to play the game on next year”. That suggests to us that some kind of 2016 release is on the cards for other systems. There’s some similarly awkward wording in Square Enix’s explanation and faux apology post. In fact, developer Crystal Dynamics even stresses that it’s “not walking away from PlayStation”.

So, what’s going on? Well, assuming that we’re not reading into things too deeply, we get the impression that publisher Square Enix has agreed a period of timed exclusivity with Microsoft, which would presumably prevent it from fully disclosing its long-term plans for the game. The fact of the matter is that third-party exclusives just don’t make financial sense in this day and age – especially when you’re backing a system that’s not selling as strongly as its competitor.

There’s no doubt that there are some big bucks involved here, but considering that Square Enix was famously disappointed with the numbers of the previous game, it seems absurd that it would cut off the reach of one of its biggest properties in such a big way. It’s worth remembering, after all, that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition heavily outsold the Xbox One version on the PS4 – and Lara Croft, as a mascot, is closely linked to the PlayStation brand.

Of course, with the sequel due out next holiday, it provides Microsoft with a direct competitor to Nathan Drake’s latest exploits in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – and considering the similarities between the two franchises, that’s going to be an enjoyable battle to watch unfold. But does that mean that Lara Croft’s latest adventure will never appear on a PlayStation platform? At the moment, only Square Enix and Microsoft have the answer to that. We’re not convinced.


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Punished_Boss_84

#1

Punished_Boss_84 said:

It's timed exclusive for 2015, that is clever wording by MS I will give them that. Sneaky sly devils. Its big for them, but I doubt doing what they did with 360 will work this time.

I am still enjoying this announcement, I mean who announces a title as mutiplat then after receiving a truckload of money makes it exclusive to a platform not selling to expectations. Laughing almost as that Type O incident. :) I don't know how they'll get to the "top" with that type of thinking, it's done more harm than good for Square Enix and TR.

FullbringIchigo

#2

FullbringIchigo said:

I read CD artical when they said "not walking away from playstation" they are going on about the download games they are releasing

as for Rise of a Tomb Raider it is xb1 exclusive and sounds like MS actually had something to do with it's development and if that's true then the chances of it coming to ps4 are pretty slim

k_andersenStaff

#3

k_andersen said:

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sammy Barker: the fastest games writer in the west.

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#5

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

Yeah. It didn't make any sense for square enix. Ms just do anything and whatever they think is helpful but just isn't. Clueless.

KomrathDE

#6

KomrathDE said:

Well that means I'm not gonna get the new Tomb Raider :-) Not going to buy Xbox, exclusives are not my type, hate EA games, not interested in Kinnect...

THIS_SITE_SUCKS

#7

THIS_SITE_SUCKS said:

Twist it any way you want it's a blow to Sony. How's that Rockstar exclusive Agent coming along for Sony? If you want to complain about anyone misleading or not telling the whole truth look no further than that announcement.

Jazzer94

#8

Jazzer94 said:

Reaching between the lines more like at this point, it is really funny looking at these sort of announcements as a neutral videogame fan. The disbelief from PS4 owners was amazing and that quickly changed to anger. ;)

Cron_13

#9

Cron_13 said:

I think you are reading way to much into the wording - they'd have said timed exclusive if it was ever going to see PS4 - can't see it happening at all. Could potentially come to PC at some point as Dead Rising 3 and Ryse have done but it won't come out on PS4..

"Dear Tomb Raider Community,

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."

http://tombraider.tumblr.com/post/94529480860/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-update

Good steal for M$, I thought the last Tomb Raider game was excellent. Agree with Jazzer, some of the comments are hilarious - if people get that mad over a video game then there is something seriously wrong in their life!

get2sammybAdmin

#10

get2sammyb said:

I may be wrong, no doubt. You can bet I'll be linking the heck out of this article when it turns out I'm right, though. ;)

AhabSpampurse

#11

AhabSpampurse said:

@Jazzer94 I think it's justified though, I'm bloody furious. You can spin it any way you want, but MS are bullying people to buy an Xbox One by limiting their options. I was actually considering getting one recently, but I'm reluctant to condone and encourage this type of behaviour. That, and I'm a stubborn b*stard.

professorhat

#12

professorhat said:

Actually, your comment on Uncharted 4 going against it makes even more sense. The developer / publisher gets paid to have it as a timed exclusive on Xbox One whilst Uncharted 4 is cleaning up on PS4. Xbox Ones probably sell a few more units as a result. Then, after a few months and everyone has played Uncharted 4 to death, Tomb Raider is released on PS4 and sells loads of copies. Win for everyone.

DualWielding

#13

DualWielding said:

I guess we will know soon enough if its truly 100% exclusive forever, Microsoft would be quick to quash any rumours of timed exclusivity... If they remain silent then its clear it'll come at the least to pc in 2016

Gemuarto

#14

Gemuarto said:

WOW, this is so nice way to say thank you for buying so many copies of Tomb Raider:DE to PS crowd.

Jazzer94

#17

Jazzer94 said:

@AhabSpampurse All that advertising PS4 owners did for Tomb Raider Definitive Edition about 1080p 60fps and look how they've been treated kicked to the curb for a check it really is quite funny in hindsight.

Demi_God

#18

Demi_God said:

@voodoo341 Why is it a blow to Sony? This is actually more of a blow to Square/Enix and also Microsoft. If MS keeps on throwing money yet again, it doesn't matter if they can afford, they will be right back at the round table with a meeting that you are not going to like. someone got screwed on this deal and it wasn't Sony. It was either MS or SE.

Ash_uk1

#20

Ash_uk1 said:

@Jazzer94 maybe that's why Microsoft did this. It sold more on the ps4, so maybe this is Microsofts way of getting at least some of those people to xbox.

SteveButler2210

#21

SteveButler2210 said:

I really want to believe this is true, but the official announcement doesn't give me much confidence. However, from a purely financial standpoint for a company who have relied so heavily primarily on this (and also FFXIV:ARR) to keep afloat, permanent exclusivity just wouldn't seem to make any sense!

As far as SE go, this is either a very clever move, or a very stupid move. As for MS, who must have waved a fair wad of cash under their noses (because I highly doubt SE would've made the decision based solely on their confidence in XB1's selling power), this is just a very sly and underhanded move.

SteveButler2210

#22

SteveButler2210 said:

Thinking on it though, there could be a simpler way they're planning on going about it - throw some graphics tweaks and a bit of added content at it, stick it in a PS4 case and call it a "Definitive Edition".

The first DE's were technically a separate game, so why not here too. Either way, still wouldn't expect it until 2016 though. But here's hoping one of us is right!

N711

#23

N711 said:

We all know it will come at least to PC .. From there all is possible

Dohv

#24

Dohv said:

And get comes MS with that same bullsh*t from last gen throwing loads of money to keep a game from other platforms. Sony you're going to have to do better than showing a bunch of indies.

Demi_God

#25

Demi_God said:

I still don't understand this move though. Even after I said what it is I said, thinking about this more, it doesn't make any sense. All that is going through my head at this point is that Square/Enix are the ones that screwed themselves or Microsoft forked over an amount that covers the sales that would potentially be on the PS4. I thinking SE are getting screwed though and this could hurt them.

What if the game isn't reviewed as good as it could be, well that just screwed the potential money they could have gotten on launch on the PS4. which means that if it is timed exclusives, those future sales once it comes out on the PS4 will be dodged completely and they'll lose even more money.

From a business standpoint, none of this makes any sense. MS is doing the same stuff as they did with the 360 and that didn't even work as the PS3 picked up a lot of speed later on in it's life and that speed has increased greatly with the PS4.

Sorry, but all that is going through my mind is that someone from SE is going to lose their job. I just have this feeling that someone is out of a job. LOL

BloodyBill

#26

BloodyBill said:

Doesn't matter to me I have a XB1 but not sure i will buy the game anyway.
MS must of paid a fortune for this timed exclusive. With all the PS4's sold SE is really limiting their chance at making sales.

Dodoo

#27

Dodoo said:

I hope it comes to PS4 in 2016 as I'm not buying an Xbone just to play this!

Tbh the amount that the original has sold on Sony platforms compared to MS must mean it'll be coming to PS4. Either than or Square Enix just made a very bad business decision a la Crytek with Ryse!

tanookisuit

#28

tanookisuit said:

I'd like to go in and say screw MS and clearly Square-Enix hasn't learned anything about losing money doing dumb stuff, but this actually works out well most likely. I think Uncharted pops at the same time this would, so Square won't lose any Sony dollars as Uncharted would smoke them in sales on PS4. Then you have the game come out the following year when the pomp and fluff of Uncharted 4 has well died off and they'll have smoother sales for those who own the PS4 and aren't into buying every console out there (which is a lot, and most would own a WiiU+ one or the other if anything.) It makes sense if this is just a 2016 release to avoid taking a pasting. Perhaps MS is paying SE enough money to cover what they assumed they'd have made given it went to PS4 too in 2015 so it would be a risk vs reward setup that works in their favor. Tomb Raider is fantastic but Uncharted clocks it entirely across the board still.

Jaz007

#29

Jaz007 said:

With Uncharted coming against it, and a big wad of cash from MS. This does make sense, but it'll come to PS4. It reminds me of when Sony made FFXV and KH3 being multiplat confusing and unclear as possible.

Gamer83

#30

Gamer83 said:

It'll come to PS4 eventually, just like Tomb Raider Legend did, but whether it's just a 6-month deal or one year or whatever, I'm not waiting around to play (I'll the have Xbox One so why not get the game as soon as possible if I have the machine to play it), and I'd imagine a lot of other Tomb Raider fans wouldn't wait either, and if SE keeps insisting it's a 'true' Xbox One exclusive, even if it isn't, that's going to get some sales from the fence sitters. At the end of the day, a shrewd move by MS but another insistence where it'll at least pay for them, just like Titanfall. Eventhough that game wasn't as big as it seemed like it could've been it still benefitted MS (didn't benefit EA or Respawn at all) because it did move more Xbox Ones than would've been sold had it also been available on PS4.

reddog

#32

reddog said:

These third parties need to wise up, I'm 40 and have grown up with PlayStation and tombraider , I only have a ps4 so no tombraider for me next year, oh well , guess I will give it a miss, if all PS people did this third party exclusives would surely go the way of the dodo, good news for all I think

Demi_God

#33

Demi_God said:

While I like commenting on things like this, I doubt any of this is really going to impact anything. the sales for past tomb raider games haven't been that good on the PS3 or Xbox 360 and all of sudden the game hits Xbox One exclusive and now people are making a big deal, like it's a game that sells over 15 million copies and far from it. Look at how long it took the game to sell 6m and that's only because it came out on the PS4 and Xbox One with a definitive Edition and it still sold more on the PS4.

I have to be honest, this really isn't as big of a deal as some are making it out to be. Also, this game is coming out in the holiday of 2015, by that time this series is going to be buried by all the other games, just like it has been in the past. Don't get me wrong, there are Tomb Raider fans, but all of sudden the Tomb Raider fans spike in numbers magically? I don't believe it. I think people are making a big deal because of the IDEA of this game being on the Xbox One only, it's the IDEA of it all, in reality, I doubt that more than half would even have bought the game.

While the series is known, the game itself has been questionable to say the least. I'm actually more into the uncharted series as the Tomb Raider series is extremely stale.

Cyrso

#34

Cyrso said:

Well spotted Sammy Barker, I noticed the same thing, and when Dead Rising 3 was announced to be coming to PC and published by Capcom, I also looked at the original press release announcement and it said "coming exclusively on Xbox One this holiday season".

I wish they would stop being so deceptive and spin all these things. It's getting ridiculous.

thedevilsjester

#35

thedevilsjester said:

@voodoo341 Its not really a blow for Sony. The previous game did not sell anywhere near expectations (less than a million on next gen, which is where the sequel is targeted), which you can bet has made Square reconsider if the sequel is worth the money. This means that Square/CD has no confidence in their product, and they know its only going to sell maybe a million units between the two systems (the previous game had about half a million between the two) and instead of shelving it, they sold exclusivity. Sony isnt hurting in the console sales area, so has no need to buy exclusivity at all, let alone to a title that is likely to sell the same as the previous entry. So Microsoft bought a timed exclusive to a (very likely) mediocre game, probably for a pittance. Where does this hurt Sony? Sony fans will be playing Uncharted when this game launches for the Xbox, and if it comes to the PS4 a 3-6 months later (as the wording hints), it will likely come as a definitive edition, or at least bundled with all the DLC, etc...

Its a win for Sony, a waste of money for MS, and a loss for Square/CD.

THIS_SITE_SUCKS

#36

THIS_SITE_SUCKS said:

@thedevilsjester you know how you can tell it's a massive blow for Sony? By the sheer number of fans on here rubbishing the game even before they know anything about it. Tomb Raider made its name on a Sony platform. It's a massive blow for them. Well done Microsoft.

AhabSpampurse

#39

AhabSpampurse said:

@Cron_13 I'm well aware of the difference, and I'm not limiting the discussion to just one game, I'm talking about games in general. I love my wife. I love my kids. But that doesn't mean I can't love, and subsequently be passionate about my hobbies and past times. I love playing games. So yeah, I honestly feel that this announcement is ridiculous and completely understand why some people are understandably agitated by it.

Gamer83

#40

Gamer83 said:

@thedevilsjester

The last TR sold well, SE just had stupidly high expectations. They think every game they make should sell like CoD, when nothing sells like CoD except GTA and Just Dance.

eaglebob345

#41

eaglebob345 said:

Exclusives are the reasons to buy consoles in the first place, people. Stop complaining. Even if it is a timed exclusive, it is exclusive to help push XB1 sales, which is the same with Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U (albeit under different circumstances). People who complain about not getting exclusives on their platform of choice don't really like to play games, they like to argue over childish console war type things.

Personally, the only SE game that interests me is KH3, so Tomb Raider does nothing for me. At the moment I am torn between XB1 and PS4 (I would be leaning PS4 IF it was backwards compatible, but it's their loss), so really whichever of the three consoles (Wii U included, I know it shocks some people) gets KH1-3 is my choice.

SunnyShores

#42

SunnyShores said:

this is ridiculous. Tomb Raider Definitive Edition played, looked as was so much better on PS4, it sold more, so........i guess their goal is not to sell games.

banacheck

#43

banacheck said:

Get hyped, The Metal Gear Sold V: Phantom Pain release date is on October 2014 for the Ps4, Xbox One, PS3 And Xbox 360!

This will help ease the news.

ToddlerNaruto

#44

ToddlerNaruto said:

I hope this is true, otherwise I guess I'll just never play Rise of the Tomb Raider.

(I do plan on owning a XB1 eventually, but I'll never play a game on it that deserves to be on PS4 too)

Azikira

#45

Azikira said:

Well if that's the case, then Sony should be able to pick up Halo or Gears of war for the PS4 as a 'timed exclusive' if they want to keep stealing games from people.
The only reason they can afford to buy out game companies is because they sold so many faulty Xbox 360s...

Sam_Sofka

#46

Sam_Sofka said:

It will be interesting to see how this sells on the Xbox One. I for one hope it lands on the PS4 at some point.

FATHASUN

#47

FATHASUN said:

As I suspected. MS will BUY exclusivity. Not as a benefit to its players but as a detriment to the PlayStation community. I have always hated exclusivity in any platform or service. I believe that all games should be available to all players regardless of allegiance. Only exclusivity should come from the actual platform holders themselves.

I knew MS would go this route. I stated that if sales do not pick up on the 1 to expect dirty deals such as this. MS will only become more aggresive since they are backed into a corner. What will they think of next?

Shaolin

#48

Shaolin said:

I'm actually going to assume that it won't come to PS4 and that way it'll be a nice bonus if it ever does. Whilst Tomb Raider is a very nice IP, I certainly shan't be having any sleepless nights over this because there are so many great games coming to PS4. I wish my Xbox gaming brethren all the best of enjoyment of Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Gamer83

#49

Gamer83 said:

@FATHASUN

MS is just trying to win a competition. When I played sports I didn't purposely compete to a lesser degree to benefit my competition. MS has the money and it obviously made a money-play. If you have a problem with somebody take it up with SE and CD, the moneyhat didn't have to be accepted but it was. It's SE who screwed the PS fans, not MS. Only point I would agree on is that when MS states 'we're all in this together, trying to grow the industry,' then does stuff like this. It kind of negates that statement. Sony, MS and whether Nintendo wants to admit it or not, they're all competitors and the goal is to smother the competition.

Wunters

#50

Wunters said:

I know the first game was good (other than the rather weak story), I thoroughly enjoyed it, but am I missing something here? It was hardly the best game I've ever played, Microsoft must surely be a little deluded if they think this will be a system seller?! Or am I missing something?

JMC

#52

JMC said:

I, for one, am a lot more inclined to get a X1 than a PS4 now. I love Tomb Raider and, IMHO, I think it's better than Uncharted. If X1 was backwards compatible, I'd probably have one now as I didn't have a X360.

TasukiStaff

#53

Tasuki said:

So now the Sony fanboys hate Square Soft (or Square Enix or Squniex or whatever you want to call it) yet when Sony did the exact same thing to Nintendo years ago with Final Fantasy 7 it was ok. This just proves more then ever that Square doesn't care about gamers it just cares about money and really goes with whoever backs up the biggest dump truck of money to their front door.

Still it does sound like a time exclusive kinda like the GTA games back during the PS2 era how Sony would get them first then six months to a year later Xbox and PC would get them. Hopefully that is right and we do see it come to PS4 at some point. I guess this just means I dont have to worry about getting this game now anytime soon.

Gamer83

#54

Gamer83 said:

@Tasuki

I thought it was ok when Square brought FF to PSone instead of N64 but maybe that was because even as a big Nintendo guy at the time, I never cared for FF. Things were different then, I truly believe the only exclusive content should come from first parties, unless we're looking at a case like Bayonetta 2, and maybe even Dead Rising 3 (I've seen it implied at other places before that MS brought the idea to Capcom), where the game wouldn't exist unless one of the big 3 picked up the tab. But since MS wants to play the moneyhat game, it's time Sony play it back. And yeah, I've been mindf'ed, 110%.

artemisthemp

#55

artemisthemp said:

Rise of Tomb Raider will be coming to PS4 since, Square Enix will lose huge on not selling the game on PC and PS4 and I really doubt Microsoft have the money to pay for that but then again, Hideo never released Tales of Vesperia for PS3 but, Square Enix release a better version of Lost Hope for PS3

ReigningSemtex

#56

ReigningSemtex said:

I think it's definitely going to be a timed exclusive because nothing stays exclusive these days. I just bought a xbox one today though so I can add it to my list of games to get

thedevilsjester

#57

thedevilsjester said:

@voodoo341 I think you are reading into this what you want to read into it, and its not even close. Yes, this announcement angered many Sony fans, but its the fact that they are choosing the console that isnt selling as well, that didnt sell nearly as many copies of the previous game, that leads many to believe that the sequel is probably garbage. You dont sign a historically multi-platform game, that sold more on console A to exclusivity on console B, if you are confident that it will be a big seller. Square was pretty vocal about their disappointment in the sales of the previous game (even though it got great reviews), its unlikely that they think this game will sell any more than the previous one did (which was hardly a huge success), and is definitely not a system seller.

Regardless, its still not a (real) loss for Sony, since Sony has Uncharted, which will more than fill the (relatively small) void left by the lack of this game, and since its very likely that Sony will get it in 2016 (likely bundled with extras, so thats a win as far as I am concerned).

If anything, I think Microsoft is the one losing on this one, because its a desperate move, and its obvious that they are trying to salvage their position and not fall further behind. Also if this game does come to other platforms in 2016, not only will that cause people to take "Microsoft Exclusive" announcements with more of a grain of salt than they already do, but as with nearly every game that hit Xbox first, the PlayStation got a better, more complete version.

Even if it is a full exclusive, its not going to move consoles (even Titanfall barely moved the needle), so its not really a huge win for Microsoft. If they got the whole franchise rights, that might be a different story.

Either way, Tombraider has shoe-horned multiplayer (and thus multiplayer trophies) into recent iterations so its not a game I would ever play under any circumstances on any platform, so its actually a win for me, since its less garbage on my platform of choice.

Thats not to say that Microsoft doesn't have any wins, acquiring Sunset Overdrive was a huge win, for example, but this? A (possibly timed) exclusive to Tombraider? That series is long in the tooth, and not the asset it once was.

THIS_SITE_SUCKS

#58

THIS_SITE_SUCKS said:

@thedevilsjester I bet if the shoe was on the other foot and Sony had snatched up Tomb Raider as an exclusive you'd be singing a different tune. It's a massive move by Microsoft. While Sony were sitting all smug and arrogant signing up indie exclusives no one cares about Microsoft have blown them out of the water and shown they'll take whatever they want.

FATHASUN

#59

FATHASUN said:

@Gamer83 I dont actually hate them for this. I dont like it but I completely understand the reasoning. As I stated, I actually expected something like this. MS is very business savvy. Ive commended then many times because if this. My issue is that if they wish to enter this industry and actually gain respect from the community that they should invest in creating games versus limiting the competition. This is a dirty deal no matter how you look at it. May be possible but I dont see SE approaching MS on such an arrangment.

Businwss is business as usual.

Vader-Taters

#60

Vader-Taters said:

I really hope this is released on the PS4! It is honestly the game I looked forward to the most along with Arkham Knight! I agree completely with your points, it doesn't make since why Square Enix would make it exclusive to Xbox One when the first game's sales were disappointing to them as well as the fact the Definitive Edition sold better on PS4. I really hope we see this released on PS4 at some point!

hydeks

#61

hydeks said:

suck it up PlayStation fanboys, this game is for the Xbox fans ONLY!!!!! :-D

TorreyG

#62

TorreyG said:

I prefer PS4 over XBox One does not make me a fan boy but clearly it was about money that's why it was a time exclusive just like Mass Effect 2 was and it came with all of the dlc for the game preloaded. Not really not that big of a blow with Uncharted 4 scheduled to come out around that time exclusively for PS4. Yeah it is obvious they are trying to compete with Uncharted 4.

TorreyG

#63

TorreyG said:

@hydeks yeah for a bout a year just like Mass Effect was exclusive for 360 for a year so enjoy it while it is out will be playing Uncharted 4

thedevilsjester

#64

thedevilsjester said:

@voodoo341 I doubt it, I didn't play tombraider (any of them) before this and I wouldn't play it if Sony had it exclusive. Its definitely not a system seller on either side of the fence. If they bought the IP that would be a different story, but a (likely timed) exclusive of a single Tombraider game isn't going to affect the charts.

mitcHELLspawn

#65

mitcHELLspawn said:

People blow my mind! Do they not realize that Sony practically invented this business practice? From the days of ps1 all the way through from keeping games off of dreamcast etc paying for exclusive rights to games like gta and mgs in the past and EA franchises.. just because they haven't been doing this lately people seem to forget. This is a console WAR ladies and gentlemen and Microsoft are pulling out all the stops.. and whether people that seem to have some sort of creepy personal attachment to Sony want to admit it or not, Microsoft has a ton of awesome games coming out exclusively on their platform and are launching in a lot of new territories in September.. come December I guarantee this console war is A LOT closer. The more competition the better for gamers. I will not be missing any exclusives on either side so I'm all good ;)

Dohv

#66

Dohv said:

@hydeks Dude you can't be serious. Are you really going to stooo to that level ? We all know this is timed exclusive. Well anybody with common sense knows that at least. Just like most of MS's exclusives not named Halo Forza Gears and Fable.

Dual-shock-spok

#67

Dual-shock-spok said:

I got both. I'm not supporting under handed tactics like this by MS. 3rd party shouldn't be subjected to this crap. I'm not supporting for principle!! I don't want multiplats going exclusive to any system!! Foul play!!! No bueno!!!

Kayoss

#68

Kayoss said:

@Punished_Boss
Titanfall was the most hyped exclusive thus gen so far and it barely sold xb1 consoles. I think se and crystal dynamic will regret this decision when tomb raiders don't sell as well on x1. 6 million xb1 vs 10mllion ps4 in the wild.

hadlee73

#69

hadlee73 said:

Tomb Raider isn't a system seller, so it looks like I'll never be playing that one. Unless the Xbox One finally gets a game that actually tempts me to bye one. Or until Square Enix release this TR on the PS4 (in which case it might have been eclipsed by better games by that point).

Ricky616C

#70

Ricky616C said:

Timed it may be, but if not then SE must of got a nice sizey check from MS, and if that's the case, least i got Uncharted, Bloodborne, and Drive Club to look forward to

JaxonH

#71

JaxonH said:

It's definitely a timed exclusive. But what it does mean, at least for me, is that I'll be buying this game on Xbox and not PlayStation.

Gamer83

#72

Gamer83 said:

@JaxonH

I don't know why everybody is assuming it's timed exclusive. Everybody just a few days ago was assuming it was multiplat when literally nothing had been mentioned after E3, and we see what happened now. I'd like SE to give some clarification on the situation but I know they can't. This is a strange situation for me though. I want to play this, because the reboot was phenomenal, but I don't want to give those scumbags at SE and CD my money for this disgusting behavior. I've got an Xbox One arriving in two weeks so will definitely have access to the game upon its release but the middle finger to PS fans is pathetic. And I'd be saying the same if the situation was reversed, but Sony doesn't have the guts to be this shrewd. It's too bad, because the Xbots deserve to get a little mindf'ed.

Normski007

#73

Normski007 said:

I am still in shock. Someone needs to start a campaign letting SE know that Playstation gamers and PC gamers will be boycotting "Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris" It's the only language they will understand.

Gamer83

#74

Gamer83 said:

@Normski007

Don't need any campaigns, petitions, etc, just simply don't buy the game. I'll be avoiding that downloadable crap like the plague, and I'd recommend anybody who wanted to buy Sleeping Dogs for PS4, avoid that too. Why bother? So SE can kick you in the nuts again when MS moneyhats the sequel?

Normski007

#75

Normski007 said:

@Gamer83 Feel exactly the same. I would just love something that says 300 000 Gamers won't be buying your next release. Nothing puts the shits up a corporate better than threatening to take away their next corporate wax on their Ferrari.

Gamer83

#76

Gamer83 said:

@Normski007

They got a paycheck and I'm sure signed some sort of document, MS isn't stupid, it's going to get Rise of the Tomb Raider as an exclusive. If it backfires, it won't be MS that feels the brunt though, worst case scenario is it gambled a few million, didn't move as many consoles as hoped (similar to what happened with Titanfall) and it's business as usual looking for the next franchise to buy as an exclusive. For SE, the ill will that will have spread throughout the PS fanbase, could be very, very bad. If nothing else, I'm highly intrigued to see how this plays out.

Normski007

#77

Normski007 said:

@Gamer83 You and me both. SE have a few games coming out over the next few months and man I am hoping PC and PS gamers alike just don't buy them. Because XBOX gamers won't do for SE what MS did. Support an entire game.

FiDRoC

#78

FiDRoC said:

Typical Microsoft really in that they'd rather pay to deprive than pay to create. Can't see how they'd think this would make people warm to the idea of getting an Xbone if they already have a PS4. I'm certainly not bothered enough about Tomb Raider to make that jump

Skullworth

#79

Skullworth said:

Coming holiday 2015 Exclusively on Xbox,Very clever wording, but you're not fooling anyone.....They need to write it in stone that they mean what they say.

And CD what a pathetic sellout...
this is the same company that claimed that 2013 tomb Raider did not meet "sales expectations", and then learn that PS4 sold more copies?
What kind of strategy is this?

Who do they think they are? Rockstar?

Normski007

#80

Normski007 said:

Looks like the pressure and backlash from PC and PS gamers is forcing Microsoft and SE/CD to backtrack on the exclusive. Looks like it is infact a timed exclusive, but if you ask me. The damage is done. Whoever heads the PR over at XBOX seriously needs to get fired.

JaxonH

#81

JaxonH said:

@Normski007 Eh, Idk man. This is the nature of the beast. As long as there are three consoles, exclusives are going to hop from system to system. Both Sony and Microsoft buy exclusivity, this is just one of the higher profile games to be targeted.

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