Microsoft wrapped up their Gamescom briefing about a half hour ago and boy was it a good one. Microsoft continues to present the just games front as they continue to overcome the initial negativity surrounding the Xbox One reveal.

Everyone heard them loud and clear today when Microsoft exec Phil Harrison and Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher announced Rise of the Tomb Raider as a Xbox exclusive. This is a huge win for Microsoft. The Tomb Raider reboot was well received by critics and fans alike. Hopefully, Crystal Dynamics improves on the tomb raiding aspect of the game in their next release.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will hit Xbox One during the 2015 holiday season.

Here’s Gallagher talking about the move to Xbox One only.

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

Today’s announcement is a big surprise. The PS4 is outselling the Xbox One by a fair margin. The moves shows Microsoft is getting serious as it looks to close the sales gap. It will be interesting to see exactly what this exclusive means. Will it be something like Dead Rising 3 and Ryse where we see it a year later on another platform? Still, a major coup for Microsoft.

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Let us know what you think of the announcement in the comments below. Would this exclusive bring you over to the Xbox One?

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