A lot of people got mad more than happy when it was revealed that the sequel to Tomb Raider, launching holiday 2015, was going to be an Xbox exclusive. However there were questions regarding the nature of the exclusivity. Was it a timed exclusive or not? Well Eurogamer has been able to get clear answers from Phil Spencer regarding this situation. Here is part of that conversation.
Spencer speaking to Eurogamer:
"When people want me to say, can you tell us when or if it's coming to other platforms, it's not my job. My job is not to talk about games I don't own. I have a certain relationship on this version of Tomb Raider, which we announced, and I feel really good about our long term relationship with Crystal and Square.”
"I get the reaction I see. If I'm a PlayStation person all of a sudden I feel like, the franchise has gone. I didn't buy the IP. I didn't buy the studio. It's not mine. Where this thing will go over time, just like Dead Rising or Ryse, we'll see what happens with the game. I don't own every iteration of Tomb Raider.
"I don't own them building Tomb Raider on other platforms. I can't talk about the franchise that way. I can talk about the deal I have."
So, what, exactly, is that deal?
"I have Tomb Raider shipping next holiday exclusively on Xbox. It is Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I'm not trying to fake anybody out in terms of where this thing is. What they do with the franchise in the long run is not mine. I don't control it. So all I can talk about is the deal I have. I don't know where else Tomb Raider goes."
Is there a time limit on the exclusivity period?
"Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn't buy it. I don't own the franchise."
Can you tell us how long the duration is?
"No. It's not because I'm trying to be a headfake on anybody. It's a deal between us and the partner. People ask me how much did we pay. There are certain things I'm just not going to talk about because it's a business deal between us and them. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn't buy the IP in perpetuity."
As expected many gamers were mad at Square Enix for their surprise reveal. Quite understandable considering that the players, who supported the first game on PC and PlayStation, are now being cut from the sequel till they decide to get an Xbox One. They believe that they not only sold out but also alienated PC and PlayStation users.
To this out roar Darrell Gallagher wrote on Tomb Raider tumblr,
"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."
Not really sure if he tried to defend their choice; just explaining that it was in their best interest. Well, Microsoft hopes that this will be a system seller. Hope it doesn’t turn out the other way around and people stop buying Tomb Raider as well.