Microsoft has confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider is not an Xbox exclusive but, in fact, a timed exclusive.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer answered the lingering 'Is it an exclusive?' question with, "Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn't buy it. I don't own the franchise." This finally opens the door for PlayStation owners feeling left out after supporting the franchise on their chosen franchise. This has been a very confusing couple of days, indeed.
This follows suit with other deals Microsoft has made including Titanfall and Ryse; both of which have migrated or will be migrating to other platforms soon.
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Original Story (08/12/2014):
In a surprising turn of events, Crystal Dynamics has announced that the sequel to last year's hit reboot Tomb Raider will be exclusively on the Xbox One.
The news was announced officially by the developer's Darrell Gallagher on the Tomb Raider Tumblr stating, "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." Gallagher continued saying, "This doesn't mean that we’re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4."
A move like this is actually quite odd for a company like Crystal Dynamics who have made multi-platform games for 20 years and with no exclusives since 2001's Mad Dash Racing. We really liked the last Tomb Raider and, regardless of platform, look forward to more adventures with Lara.