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Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Only A ‘Timed’ Xbox Exclusive

Yesterday, during Microsoft’s Gamescom presser, the company shockingly announced that Square Enix’s and Crystal Dynamic’s upcoming sequel to Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, is an Xbox exclusive. This bit of news, unsurprisingly, angered plenty of fans who don’t own an Xbox system. There was also confusion as to just how “exclusive” this upcoming game really is?

Well, during an interview with Eurogamer, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider is indeed only a timed exclusive on Xbox One and Xbox 360. “Yes, the deal has a duration,” he said. “I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise.”

Spencer couldn’t comment on the longevity of this exclusivity deal, as it is between Microsoft and Square Enix, but he did compare it to both Dead Rising 3 and Ryse – both games which were once Xbox exclusives, are now available on PC.

Spencer also commented on the reaction he saw after his company’s announcement. “I get the reaction I see,” he said. “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.”

Rise of the Tomb Raider is scheduled to come out Holiday 2015.

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