Spencer: Tomb Raider Deal Didn't Come From An Evil Space
Posted by Ken Barnes
Explaining the details
Last week at Gamescom, Microsoft revealed that Crystal Dynamics' upcoming title Rise of The Tomb Raider would be exclusive to Xbox platforms for the holiday season of 2015. The wording confused some people, but it has now been confirmed that the game is indeed a timed exclusive as opposed to an outright exclusive, meaning that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are free to release the game on other systems after a certain period of time.
We later found out that "exclusive to Xbox" meant that the game was also set to be released on Xbox 360 as well as Xbox One.
People don't like it.
Non Xbox-console owners don't like it.
They see it as Microsoft getting out their moneyhat and throwing wads of cash towards Square and Crystal Dynamics in exchange for exclusivity, rather than providing more funding for their own studios to create something from scratch. Eurogamer has conducted an interview with Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer, who does a good job of explaining it all without giving away any contractual details.
I knew there would be some push back when we came out. Certain people won't believe this: it doesn't come from an evil space. It comes from a space where there's an opportunity that maps really well with what we need in terms of the genre, and a partner that's looking for a partnership. Other people can do the deal, but it was a deal that fit well with us. And I think it could help the franchise in the long run and help Crystal and Square and us.
The interview is quite lengthy, so you should grab a coffee before you start reading - which is something we recommend that you do.