Square Enix, and Crystlal Dynamics, have locked down Rise of the Tomb Raider, as an Microsoft exclusive. This has a lot of fans up in arms about the fact that we may never see Rise of the Tomb Raider on a Sony console.
Phil Spencer shed a lot of light on the fact, debunking a lot of speculation, and causing a little more controversy in the land of Gaming.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Spencer talked about his optimism of Rise of the Tomb Raider competing with big titles like Uncharted 4, and how he was unclear of the direction that Square Enix, and Crystal Dynamics were moving in.
Speaking on the duration of the exclusivity of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Spencer had this to say:
“It’s a deal between us and the partner. People ask me, how much did we pay? There are certain things I’m just no going to talk about because it’s a business deal between us and them.”
When asked about the nature of the exclusivity, Spencer seemed very elusive, and simultaneously blunt, on the subject.
It sounded almost as if he was certain, that Rise of the Tomb Raider would remain a Microsoft exclusive, for quite some time, in the class of Bioshock in 2007 for the Xbox 360.
“I’ll put it this way: other people could have done this deal. There was nothing about us that said, we were the only people who could do this deal. If another publisher, another platform wanted to go do this deal, it’s a business deal. There’s nothing we did somebody else could not have done.”
“Certain people say, well, nobody else would do a deal like that. Deals like this do happen. It was a great opportunity for us, and of course I’m going to take advantage of that.”
This proves to us, that Spencer knows how long the duration is speculated for, he just can’t say yet. If Spencer wants Rise of the Tomb Raider to compete with AAA titles like Uncharted 4, his team is going to have to pull off a lot of success with this title, and not rely on costume options for Hitman, and Final Fantasy for their characters.
On the other side of the spectrum, Shuhei Yoshida doesn’t seem worried about Rise of the Tomb Raider. He acknowledged that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an excellent title.
However, as many of us know, if Microsoft is relying on it to boost sales, it’ll fall far behind the finish line, as Sony has already crossed it.
“The purchase decision of consoles is a long-term investment. It’s not like a smart phone where every two years you purchase new hardware. So people hopefully are looking at a bit longer term.”
Yoshida had quite the surprising statement about Microsoft’s announcing Tomb Raider as an exclusive.
”They’re going deeper into the games already announced, you know, same kind of lineup, until they talked about Tomb Raider being exclusive. It’s very interesting the way Phil Spencer said, What we are saying is, in holiday 2015 Tomb Raider is exclusive to Xbox. So it’s open to interpretation. But still, we didn’t anticipate something like this would happen.”
He even helped to clarify what we were wondering about the exclusive details that Spencer might be holding back from us as consumers, on the competitions side.
“Other than DLC or beta or some kind of bundle. These days even marketing has exclusivity. If you’re a marketing person at Square Enix and projecting your sales for the game, if it doesn’t come out on PS4, it must be lots of units that have to be covered by some means.”
Whether Tomb Raider will come to Playstation consoles after 2015 or not, remains to be seen. For now, we can rest assured that in time Rise of the Tomb Raider will come to all consoles, and perform well.
If it will rival Uncharted 4, or any subsequent sequels, is up for debate. Square Enix, and Crystal Dynamics are putting up a lot of big guns for their newer titles, including Batman Arkham Knight, and a new Hitman property installment.
My thoughts are: Why did Microsoft feel the need to secure such a sketchy franchise? And, why is it that Sony’s executive’s aren’t concerned with Tomb Raider trying to compete with Uncharted 4, using it’s Crystal Engine? There are two possibilities:
1. Sony knows that because of their recent announcements concerning their hardware, as well as their titles: Uncharted 4, The Order, and Drive Club, they have very little to worry about.
2. If ever there was any reason or concern, it was immediately put to rest the moment Microsoft announced the exclusive lock. This shows anyone from a business standpoint that Microsoft had to buy a franchise for fear of losing more money, to the competition instead of trying to compete on the same level field
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