During Microsoft’s GamesCom press conference, they dropped some unexpected news; Rise of the Tomb Raider would be exclusive to Xbox. They didn’t say “timed exclusive” or “console exclusive” like they usually do, just “exclusive.” Does this mean that Rise of the Tomb Raider won’t see the light of day on PC or PlayStation, time will tell.
Crystal Dynamics took to their Tublr page almost immediately after the announcement to state their side of the decision to go to Xbox
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.
They acknowledge they aren’t going platform exclusive entirely and will continue releasing games on PC and PlayStation starting with Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
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.
You can read Crystal Dynamic’s post in full on their Tumblr page.