Hot off the heels of losing Street Fighter V to the PlayStation 4, Microsoft is upping its commitment to Rise of the Tomb Raider by becoming the publisher of the Crystal Dynamics developed prequel-reboot-sequel. Revealed in a tweet by Microsoft’s head of global product marketing, Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft will publish the game when it launches exclusively for the Xbox One next year.
With Microsoft assuming the lead on publishing, it is safe to conclude that they will be the primary drivers of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s marketing campaign in addition to taking the financial responsibility of producing the game. What this means for the IP holder and previous publisher Square Enix is currently unknown, but I’d guess that Microsoft showed up with a truck full of money, and pleaded Square Enix to let them take over publishing on the game.
No announcement has been made regarding any potential releases on other platforms, but I highly doubt that the Sony PlayStation 4 will see Rise of the Tomb Raider with Microsoft having so much control of the game. This should come as no surprise to Sony, who effectively did the same thing with Street Fighter V, whose exclusivity was announced this weekend. I would still guess that the game will eventually head to Windows PC.
So, shots fired, from both camps. The days of console exclusive third party titles are back, just like the days of the SNES and Genesis.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is scheduled to launch by Holiday 2015.