Rise of the Tomb Raider Will Be Xbox Exclusive

Xbox exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider to arrive holiday 2015

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In a move that’s sure to surprise many gamers, Microsoft announced this morning that the next Tomb Raider will be an Xbox exclusive, with a holiday 2015 release window.

Announced with a poignant reveal trailer back at E3, Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 reboot of the long running series that saw its start in the early 32-bit era. Originally released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and more recently on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 as Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, it seemed safe to assume the Square Enix- published sequel would be landing would be a multiplatform title.

Interestingly enough, when Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition released earlier this year the Playstation 4 versions of the game was, well, the definitive experience, featuring true 1080p resolution and a 60fps frame rate, two things the Xbox One port lacked (but hey, at least Xbone gamers got voice commands!).

You can read Microsoft’s full announcement regarding Rise of the Tomb Raider below:

Dear Tomb Raider Community,

As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio.

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.

We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we’ll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we’re going all out to try and make something truly special – the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built.


Darrell Gallagher

Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios


So, that’s certainly a thing, isn’t it? What are your thoughts on Rise of the Tomb Raider getting the Xbox-exclusive treatment? Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below.


Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Chorus (XSX), Battlefield 2042 (XSX), Xeno Crisis (Neo Geo)

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