Rise of the Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics Explains Why Rise of Tomb Raider is an XBox One Exclusive By Giving No Reason At All

It was recently announced that Rise of the Tomb Raiderwas going to be an XBox One exclusive.  As expected, this was met with backlash from gamers that currently don’t have an XBox One and may not plan to ever have one.  Darrell Gallagher,  Crystal Dynamics studio head, tried to smooth over the situation by “explaining” why the new Tomb Raider game is going to be an XBox One Exclusive.

“We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal,” he said. “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.” – David Gallagher, Crystal Dynamics

Is it just me, or is there no explanation given here at all.  I could see if they were going to use some Microsoft exclusive technology or maybe announced some type of bundle or outside the box promotion deal with Microsoft, but this is not the case thus far.  Also, throwing a bone in the form of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris to gamers who were excited to BUY a new full-fledged Tomb Raider game isn’t really going to smooth things over.  It probably made things a little worse, actually.



Jarret is Executive Director as well as one of the founding members of Mash Those Buttons. He plays all types of games, but tends to lean more toward FPS, Stealth, and Racing Games. Currently too involved in Overwatch.

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