Slated for a Holiday 2015 release, the next major chapter in the Tomb Raider franchise will only be available on Xbox.
At Gamescom, Crystal Dynamics announced that the next major installment of the Tomb Raider franchise will launch exclusively for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One this holiday season.
This bombshell news does leave room for speculation. Both the written and verbal announcement were paired closely with the holiday season launch window, meaning this could be a timed exclusive. SquareEnix, the publisher of the game has a long standing relationship with Sony, dating back to Sony becoming a major shareholder when SquareEnix was in deep financial trouble a few years back. Recently, Sony sold back its hold of SquareEnix after the astounding financial success of the Tomb Raider reboot. Here’s hoping that this is a timed release, but I won’t hold my breath. Read Crystal Dynamics’ official statement below.
“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.
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.
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.
We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we’ll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we’re going all out to try and make something truly special – the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built.
Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios”