Microsoft's Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity deal may run deeper than we initially thought as it has been confirmed that the company will be publishing the title- providing marketing, funds for the project and distribution support.
Unfortunately, the messaging from both companies is still a little unclear, so it is no longer certain that we will see the game on Sony consoles. However, we will likely still see a PC release, much like we did with Dead Rising 3, which Microsoft also had a hand in.
In an email sent to Game Informer, Square Enix confirmed that Microsoft would be publishing the Tomb Raider sequel: “Yes, Microsoft will be publishing ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ on Xbox. Microsoft has always seen huge potential in ‘Tomb Raider’ and they will get behind this game with more support across development, marketing and retail than ever before, which we believe will be a step in continuing to build the ‘Tomb Raider’ franchise as one of the biggest in gaming.”
Phil Spencer previously confirmed that he hasn't outright bought the Tomb Raider IP for Microsoft but it is still unclear as to what platforms Rise of the Tomb Raider will appear on in 2016, following the exclusivity duration.
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KitGuru Says: Rise of the Tomb Raider is still a year away from launch but it would be nice if Microsoft and Square Enix could be more upfront about their plans for the game. There has been some confusion surrounding the deal ever since its announcement.