Square Enix and Microsoft’s Xbox exclusive deal for Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming title, Rise of the Tomb Raider has a duration, according to Microsoft’s Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.
Spencer declined to talk about how long the Xbox exclusive period will last, but when it ends, the game will be released on other platforms.
Speaking with Eurogamer at gamescom, He said, “When people want me to say, can you tell us when or if it’s coming to other platforms, it’s not my job. My job is not to talk about games I don’t own.
I have a certain relationship on this version of Tomb Raider, which we announced, and I feel really good about our long term relationship with Crystal and Square.
I get the reaction I see. If I’m a PlayStation person all of a sudden I feel like, the franchise has gone. I didn’t buy the IP. I didn’t buy the studio. It’s not mine. Where this thing will go over time, just like Dead Rising or Ryse, we’ll see what happens with the game. I don’t own every iteration of Tomb Raider.
I don’t own them building Tomb Raider on other platforms. I can’t talk about the franchise that way. I can talk about the deal I have.”
He adds, “I have Tomb Raider shipping next holiday exclusively on Xbox. It is Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I’m not trying to fake anybody out in terms of where this thing is.
What they do with the franchise in the long run is not mine. I don’t control it. So all I can talk about is the deal I have. I don’t know where else Tomb Raider goes.”
When asked about the exclusivity period duration, he said “Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise.”
However, he refused to say how long the game would be exclusive to Xbox, stating that the deal is “between us and the partner. People ask me how much did we pay.
There are certain things I’m just not going to talk about because it’s a business deal between us and then. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn’t buy the IP in perpetuity.”
Microsoft announced yesterday during their Gamescom press conference that Rise of the Tomb Raider would launch in Holiday 2015 exclusively on Xbox and Crystal Dynamics head of studios, Darrell Gallagher’s follow up response to the announcement failed to clear things up about the Xbox exclusive deal.
Hopefully, Xbox exclusivity period won’t be a long one. what do you think about Phil Spencer’s statement? let us know in the comments below.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is due for holiday 2015 release.
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