As we're all aware, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed exclusive title for the Xbox One in 2015. Aside from Halo 5, this is Microsoft's biggest release of 2015, that is unless E3 has some really great surprises for us all! Fallout 4 anyone?!?! Rise of the Tomb Raider looks to take everything that Crystal Dynamics learned with 2013's fantastic reboot and make it even more...well...dynamic!
They've promised to expand upon the tomb raiding sections of the game, not only limiting tough puzzles to side locations, but keeping them as an integral element of the game. Naturally, for fans of the franchise this is some exciting news and I can't wait to see if they show some of them off at E3.
For Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider was initially not a very successful game. Square Enix had predicted much higher sales figures and I'm sure they were all a bit disappointed. However, it was amazing to see how Tomb Raider would become this remarkable slow burner. As of now the game has managed to sell over 8 million copies since its release date.
Square Enix may adjust their predictions based on these figures from last time, but I'm sure they're also taking into account that they've dropped a huge portion of their potential audience on the game's initial release date: the PS4 crowd. Having Rise of the Tomb Raider be an exclusive for Microsoft on the XBOX One and Xbox 360 (strange to see such a big game still getting a release on last generation consoles) is going to make Rise of the Tomb Raider another slow burner. But they know it has potential on the PS4, so when can we expect to see it?
Rise of the Tomb Raider & its Release Date for the PS4
Microsoft must have paid a hell of a lot of money in order to get in on the publishing rights alongside Square Enix. They would have had to convince them that the game would sell well on the Xbox One, but Square were obviously not willing to keep it as an exclusive title. Therefore, it is timed, but how long can we expect Microsoft to hold Rise of the Tomb Raider back from us Playstation owners?
Timed exclusivity is a ridiculous notion, a ploy for Microsoft and Sony to get players to buy their console who are desperate to give certain games a try. They're only temporarily restricting other gamers and Microsoft handled the announcement terribly. However, according to a source on Reddit, the exclusivity of the game is timed for only a year. How long did it take for Mass Effect to arrive on the PS3 does anyone know? Perhaps that would be a good indication.
Anonymous sources are always dangerous and I don't really take it too seriously, but a year feels like the perfect amount of time. It'll give Microsoft a long while to get any desperate players over to their side with the purchase of one of their consoles - they have a lot of crazy good sales on them too. After a year, they may as well relinquish Rise of the Tomb Raider, any longer than that and its a bit of a joke.
But how do you feel about the notion of timed exclusivity and the fact that Rise of the Tomb Raider won't be available for the PS4 on its release date? Be sure to let us know what you think of the idea in the comments and whether you liked the previous Tomb Raider game!