Yesterday, Microsoft announced during its Gamescom press conference that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be releasing exclusively on Xbox in 2015. Now, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has confirmed that this exclusivity deal “has a duration.”
The careful wording of Microsoft’s announcement yesterday led many to believe that the game would eventually come to PC and PlayStation 4, but of course it still made a lot of people angry. Spencer has since confirmed that Microsoft only has exclusivity for a set duration, but wouldn’t reveal how long that was.
“I have Tomb Raider shipping next holiday exclusively on Xbox. It is Xbox 360 and Xbox One,” he told Eurogamer. 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.
“Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise,” he added.
When pushed for a number, Spencer said. “”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 then. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn’t buy the IP in perpetuity.”
Spencer went on to say that he understands why gamers on other platforms would be angry. “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.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One in holiday 2015.