Rise of the Tomb Raider will release on PC in early 2016 with PlayStation 4 owners having to wait a full year after the game’s Xbox One November 10 launch, Square Enix has announced.
First shown at last year’s Gamescom, Rise of the Tomb Raider created an uproar over the murky details of its alleged console exclusivity. Developed in close partnership Microsoft, many fans were afraid the game would never arrive to the PlayStation 4. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer’s initial wording certainly didn’t help either until it was revealed to Eurogamer that yes, the deal “has a duration.”
Now that the timing of the deal has been disclosed to the public, PC and PS4 gamers can plan a purchase or playthrough accordingly. For the full announcement, click here to be directed the official Tomb Raider blog.
Author’s Note: It’s nice to finally have a solid release date for Rise of the Tomb Raider on non-Xbox platforms. Many had been speculating that the console exclusivity deal would last months and not an entire year. Such a deal largely guarantees that the game will sell best on Xbox One, especially if Microsoft continues its aggressive marketing and decides to bundle the game in with its hardware. How many PS4 owners will bother waiting a year to play a game that will undoubtedly release alongside other heavy hitters, and how many more will escape having the game spoiled for them? All told, the deal favors Microsoft in a very big way. It will be interesting to see how it carries Rise of the Tomb Raider through the following year.