Rise of the Tomb Raider an Xbox One Exclusive

Seriously? Not that smart of a move on behalf of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics. Reports are coming in from everywhere that the PS4 is out selling the Xbox one 3 to 1, so what’s the first thing you do? Give your next state of the art Tomb Raider game exclusively to the losing company. That makes no sense coming from a third party company who previously released the first reboot of this franchise to all consoles.

This sudden surge of third party companies giving exclusives to certain consoles makes no sense to me what so ever. As a third party company why would you want to limit who you sell your game to? I can understand both Playstation and Xbox having exclusive games from first party companies because of ownership. I would never expect games like Uncharted or The Last of Us be available on Xbox One.

By doing this you not only limit who you sell your game to but you limit the amount of money you’ll be making. Do you guys just not like money? Or have enough of it that you can say “Fuck it, we’ll only give our game to half of the people that want it.” This is just plain stupid. Why make less money when you can make more?

Also, do you not care about your already existing fan base that plays Tomb Raider on Playstation? How can you say that these fans no longer matter to you and if they want to play your game they’ll have to bow down and buy and Xbox One. I’m usually not pissed when games like Titan Fall get to be Xbox One exclusives, and do you know why? Because it’s a new IP. I’ve never played it before and I’m not going to get disappointed that I can’t play it now since it’s new. I am pissed however that Tomb Raider now gets to be an Xbox One exclusive because it’s something that I’ve been playing on Playstation for the longest time. Like many people out there I’ve played every single Tomb Raider game that was available all the way back to my PS1 days.

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With this new era of the Tomb Raider franchise and Lara Croft, I was super excited. It gave me a chance to play something familiar yet new at the same time. I actually enjoyed the most recent Tomb Raider game in the franchise and enjoyed learning of Lara’s origins. When Rise of the Tomb Raider was first announced at E3, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Now? Now I’m just disappointed.

So now I’ll say thank you Tomb Raider for all the very fond memories that you’ve brought me over the years. I hope you guys at Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics know what your doing because you just lost not only a hell of a lot of sales, but a big majority of your fan base. I for one will not be getting an Xbox One just to get this game and I know many other people won’t be doing this either.

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2 Comments

  1. Well time for some good news than.
    And yes as a Lara Croft/Tomb Raider fan i was also pissed off 😡
    (can’t you blame me)
    BUT here is the good news, (and maybe you know this to by the time i write this.)
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is a “timed exclusive” but they dont want still not releasing how long that period lasts. 🙂

    Source:
    http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/08/13/microsoft-clarifies-rise-of-the-tomb-raiders-exclusivity-the-deal-has-a-duration/

    But if it was real and a full exclusive only for Xbox One, than wow.. 😮
    I just imagine now that people are going to riot in de streets, lol !
    Well ok, maybe it’s a little dramatic huh, i think more of a petition.

    But it would be a strange move and a weak one by Microsoft and the publishers,
    Tomb Raider has become big on the Playstation 1, Sega Saturn & PC. And finally when the franchise is back on track with the awesomely reboot of Tomb Raider in 2013 they make the next one (with maybe a bigger fanbase) excl… :/
    That’s a very easy way to shoot down the (fans) franchise in óne blow.

    It’s also ironic dont you think?!
    First they are whining about the fact that they did not sell enough games
    of Tomb Raider, (2013) it was 6 or 7 million copies, anyway it was not enough
    (correct me if i’m wrong)
    So yes what you said, that the Playstation is out selling the other systems is sooo true! :b

    Oo Microsoft what are you doing, instead of making things excl for your own console
    (Sony does this (dirty trick) also) invest your money in Indies or the smaller gaming companies that needs a helping hand, or BETTER make your own exclusive games instead of buying
    (timed exclusive) multiplatform games.

    But it’s has fortunately not come this far, (this time) and we can all play Tomb Raider on
    New-Gen systems and PC in 2016
    (my future prediction)

    BTW awesome (rant) blog, i had fun reading this!
    And yes, i also agree with your points. 😉

    • I’ve also heard that this is going to be a “timed exclusive“, but it’s still a dick move on behalf of Microsoft. This isn’t the first time they’ve done this either especially since all of the Call of Duty content is always first on Xbox as well as now the Dragon Age Inquisition content will be first on Xbox.

      I also think this decision was ironic on behalf of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics because they were totally complaining how the first one didn’t sell as well as they thought it would so then they made Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition which did fairly well on the PS4. That was also why that announcement made absolutely no sense.

      I don’t think that Sony investing their money in Indie game companies along with smaller game companies is a dirty trick though. They’re helping these company make some pretty great games that wouldn‘t have been able to be made without that helping hand from Sony. Sure they’re for Playstion only, but rightfully so because Sony is the one putting the investment in for these games to get made. I do agree that instead of wasting their money by buying timed exclusives and having extra content first on Xbox that Microsoft should also follow in Sony’s footsteps and buy some Indie game companies and some smaller game companies.

      Thanks for reading!

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