In what it can be considered a shocking turn of events, Microsoft has announced that the sequel to 2013's Tomb Raider will be released exclusively on Xbox One. The game was announced back at E3 2014, but at the time, it was stated that the game would be released for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Darrell Gallagher, Crystal Dynamics' boss, has already confirmed that Ryse of the Tomb Raider will be entirely exclusive on Xbox One, which means it won't be timed exclusive. "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," said Gallagher.
"Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. 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."
"This doesn't mean that we're walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4."
Ryse of the Tomb Raider will be release on Xbox One in late 2015. Players on PS4 and PC can still enjoy Lara Croft's next adventure, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, which is scheduled to release this December.