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    Games New tomb raider to be xbox only

    "The recent decision to release the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider as an Xbox One exclusive alienates the majority of the fan base and will ultimately lead to the demise of the franchise. "For a vocal group of fans it's not just a business move, but a killing blow. Microsoft's claim to Rise of the Tomb Raider, as an Xbox-only game for Holiday 2015, is incurring the sort of backlash and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] flurry (seen above) that's well known to veterans of the infamous console wars. And it's not even the first time a Tomb Raider sequel has been through this – just ask Sega Saturn owners who had to get a PC or PlayStation if they wanted to a keep their streak of unearthed relics.

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    The fallout comes from a good place: Long-time raiders have grown up with Lara Croft and her tomb-trashing style of archeology, still fondly recalling their first encounter with a Tyrannosaurus Rex, or the fatal result of a badly judged swan dive. Those moments belong to them, stored in a box that runs regardless of which console sits beneath the TV.

    But you buy a console for the games, and Rise of the Tomb Raider is a good thing to have if you're in the business of selling consoles. That means Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.

    "Our focus, of course, our job, is to provide a bunch of value for the Xbox customers," says Mike Nichols, Corporate VP of Marketing for Xbox. "And Tomb Raider is a great way to do that, so we're very excited about the announcement and that they came out on stage and had made that decision."

    Speaking to me during Gamescom in Germany, Nichols says Crystal Dynamics, the Californian developer that revitalized Tomb Raider twice over since it left the hands of Core Design in 2003, has been a standout partner to Microsoft for years.

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    "We've been working with them for several years since Tomb Raider was announced, I think back in like E3 2011, you know," Nichols says. "So we've had a really tight partnership with them since then, and we're pumped about the decision they made. Our focus is making Xbox the best place to play. We think that helps with that argument."

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    The argument against it paints the deal as removing something from those who can only afford one system. Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to a popular multi-platform game, and it wasn't part of the equation if you were choosing between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The reduction, Nichols says in response, is likely to benefit Rise of the Tomb Raider.

    "We hope people are going to react well to it in the end. Once things roll out and people get a chance to see – we're excited to see what [Crystal Dynamics] can do with the game, and what they can do especially on Xbox, so we'll see how it goes from there."

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    Meanwhile, Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studios at Crystal Dynamics had this to share on the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]:

    "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."

    Gallagher spells out the big benefit: Tomb Raider will reach the developer's benchmark, landing "on top of action adventure gaming," with the "help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft." If you could boil this down to an exchange, it would be trading Rise of the Tomb Raider – a strong player in a genre the Xbox One needs – for support from a marketing behemoth.

    Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics aren't saying how long exclusivity will hold, but nothing stays the same forever. As her greatest fans can confirm, Lara Croft's been killed, buried, resurrected and rebooted in all her years of formative work. The sobering ascent in games, however, is becoming a product of your time – good enough to sell consoles.
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    Default Re: New tomb raider to be xbox only

    Pretty rubbish this for a third party dev at least it is only a timed exclusive so will be able to play at some point on the PS4/PC

    Considering the upscaled Tomb Raider out recently sold loads more on the PS4 than it did on the Xbox One and that Tomb Raider has always been on the Sony consoles seems a strange decision I guess MS have paid a whole lot of money for this - which again seems strange not like it is a game that anyone would be buying a console just to play?


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    Womb raider!!! I'd buy that for a dollar

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    I really wish they would stop doing these exclusives, I get the reason for them but for the average consumer we just want to be able to play the game and not get involved in fan boy nonsense or have to buy a second console as x or y can only be played on it.

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    Default Re: New tomb raider to be xbox only

    Desperation from m$ as other than Halo, they have nothing else to really offer that beats ps.

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    Default Re: New tomb raider to be xbox only

    Quote Originally Posted by Shotgunjim View Post
    Desperation from m$ as other than Halo, they have nothing else to really offer that beats ps.
    just a sony owner by any chance ? its a good business move, nothing more, please dont drag fan boy shit into this

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    Default Re: New tomb raider to be xbox only

    I have both but I see this as a cheap move. Proprietary titles do sell a small number of consoles but to stop a long running title from releasing to 3 out of 4 platforms just to try an sell a couple of thousand consoles annoys me. I would be saying the same thing (in principle) if it was $ony making this move...

    Ironically i have the last TR on PC and loved it. I thought it was a great game. I personally prefer FPS and some 3rd person to be on PC but I want to have that choice to make...

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    Default Re: New tomb raider to be xbox only

    I have to get the Xbox One, my son said, but this decision is a kick in the face to all those who play TR! Funny thing is it sold better on the PS3 than it did on the Xbox360 so does make you wonder the sense behind this decison? It must have been some amount of money to get this deal done! Some are saying its a timed exclusive, I hope it is as it will take away alot of the distain but if its a full exclusive they deserve whatever they get!

    Uncharted is slowly taking over and if they ever go the all console route it will take over! Naughty Dog develop for Sony so I cant see them wanting to upset the apple cart anytime soon though!

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