Microsoft’s media briefing ahead of Gamescom 2014 came the shock announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an “Xbox exclusive”. As the follow-up game to the successful Tomb Raider reboot and Lara Croft’s latest adventure, this is a major coup for Microsoft and puts Sony on the back foot.
It has been confirmed by the game’s developer, Crystal Dynamics, that Rise of the Tomb Raider will not be available for PS4 or PC. Needless to say, there has been an outcry from fans.
Speaking to MCV about the news, head of studio Darrell Gallagher, said, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
This will come as little comfort to PS4 and PC owners – they’ll have to settle for Nathan Drake.
Now, all eyes turn to Sony’s press conference, which starts at 6 pm (GMT).