When Rise of the Tomb Raider was announced at Gamescom last year by Square Enix, it was revealed that Lara Croft’s next adventure in her rebooted series would be an Xbox exclusive title. The world went mad. We did too. Eventually it became an internet hot topic about its future distribution, with many believing it will be a timed exclusive deal. Now it has been confirmed.
This week, Square Enix revealed that the Crystal Dynamics developed title will be making its way to PlayStation and PC platforms in 2016, following its November release date on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
“The game will be a console exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for one year after its initial launch, coming to PlayStation 4 (PS4) in Holiday 2016,” Square Enix says. “Renowned developer Crystal Dynamics, a Square Enix studio, is leading development in the latest entry in the iconic series for additional platforms.”
The PC version will arrive in ‘early 2016’ for Window 10. While a whole year between releases is a bit far-fetched in our books, a confirmed release for Rise of the Tomb Raider on other platforms is still good to hear, but really, these third-party console exclusives just need to stop. There’s no chance that the game will remain unspoiled over the course of a year, with many media outlets, and people playing the game, bound to post stories about it and tell their friends about it. First party exclusives are one thing, but games that were initially on other platforms already (Tomb Raider) before a sequel comes along, is wrong in our eyes.