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Tomb Raider Follow Up Is Xbox One Exclusive

People buy different consoles for various reasons, but one of the biggest is the exclusive games you can only get by buying a particular console. Other factors exist, but it’s fair to say that is one of the biggest. Microsoft landed a huge coup in that department by announcing that Crystal Dynamic’s follow-up to their successful Tomb Raider reboot will be an Xbox One exclusive.

Announced at the Gamescom conference, Crystal Dynamics didn’t go into detail about what exactly that means, simply that the title is “exclusive to Xbox One”. There was no mention of a timed exclusivity window, or of a PC version. A Tumblr post released by Crystal Dynamics clears some of it up, and gives some insight as to why they chose to go that route.

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“, the post says. The wording in the post strongly suggests that this is not a timed thing, although PS4 users can still get their Tomb Raider fix with the upcoming Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.

Microsoft has been making a strong push with their exclusive content, but this may be their biggest get yet.  Rise of the Tomb Raider is currently slated for a holiday 2015 release, and it will be interesting to see if Sony has something in mind to counter this acquisition. If nothing else, it makes for an interesting Uncharted versus Tomb Raider debate. Personally, of those two, I’m taking Crash Bandicoot.