The Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison announced at Gamescon that the new installment in the popular Tomb Raider franchise will be an Xbox exclusive. There’s no word on whether things will change or stay that way. It’s slated to debut “Holiday 2015,” and if anybody knows what that means, please chime in. Last year’s Lara Croft adventure was a great success and played across wide platforms, so it’s a mystery why Microsoft would shut out loyal gamers for the sequel. Especially since the series has arguably been more associated with Playstation than any other console. Whatever the case, deals such as this one are few and far between in recent years because they do test player loyalty. Even if the status quo shifts, the damage of betrayal is done and documented. And gamers are rioting over the internet.
This is a big game and fan backlash is understandable. The creators are putting in extra long hours on this project, already touting new motion capture usage of 7000 points of reference instead of 90, among other changes like story ideas. The games creators dropped this reasoning via Tumblr earlier.
“Dear Tomb Raider Community,
As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio.
Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. 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.
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.
We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we’ll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we’re going all out to try and make something truly special – the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built.
Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios”
And here’s what fans have to say about that on Twitter.
And on Facebook…
These sentiments ring true all around the internet and it’s not pretty at all. I just added a couple snippets, it’s war out there. Whatever deal Microsoft cut with Crystal Dynamics and Enix, it’s a real “screw you” to players not on Xbox. Especially after last year’s game did so well and gamers got excited as hell for the sequel. And if FB commenter Jed’s right and this is a push for gamers to put more money into Xbox consoles, that ain’t working. If anything, these disheartened dregs will boycot. Here’s the link to petition for the release of the game onto Playstation.
Via – Tumblr