For months Microsoft has used the promise of an Xbox exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider release to convince users to purchase its Xbox One entertainment console. From almost the moment that exclusive deal was revealed PS4 owners have wondered if or when there would be a Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 release. This morning, owners of the PS4 finally got their answer. There’ll be a Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 release, but not until we’re well into 2016.
Video game publisher Square Enix finally revealed a Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 release window today. Besides revealing details about the exclusivity deal that shut out PS4 users this calendar year, the report also indicates that PC gamers won’t have to wait nearly as long to get their hand on the much-anticipated return of Lara Croft.
The Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 release date won’t come until sometime very late in 2016, according to the report. This is because Microsoft and Square Enix signed an exclusivity deal that locks the title on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One for an entire year when compared to the PS4. The deal means that Microsoft can claim the title, which is being developed by Crystal Dynamics, as an exclusive Xbox launch.
Microsoft is hoping that having Rise of the Tomb Raider locked to its platforms will drive sales going into the holiday season. Besides Rise of the Tomb Raider, Xbox owners can expect Halo 5: Guardian and Forza Motorsport 6. Rise of the Tomb Raider goes on sale November 6th in the United States. Theoretically, the Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 release can’t happen until November 6th 2016 at the earliest. To make up for the huge difference in launch, Square Enix could offer PS4 users access to the game’s downloadable content or some choice extras.
That Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to other systems at all is definitely good news for gaming fans. While video game platform makers creating exclusive titles to get the attention of buyers isn’t unheard of, the situation with Rise of the Tomb Raider had some people very worried. Tomb Raider has been around in some form for years.
Had Microsoft successfully locked down the title, Tomb Raider would have become the first game to reverse course and become exclusive to a single platform. Most games start out on one platform then expand to more as they grow in popularity.
With the PS4 release revealed, Microsoft has to count on heavy promotion and name recognition being enough for users to flock to its platform over the PS4 this holiday season. The move could prove effective or users could just buy a PS4 and other games and sit out the Rise of the Tomb Raider release altogether.
For what it’s worth, Sony has used a similar tactic to great results. Instead of forcing delays on other platforms, the company simply makes exclusive content and promotional deals with game makers. Sony rode the Batman Arkham Knight launch to a first place sales position in the United States last month. The Xbox One version of the game launched on the same day, but heavy promotions and a dedicated PS4 bundle that included the game were too much for the Xbox One to overcome.
Sony is set to pull the same trick again when EA’s Star Wars Battlefront arrives on store shelves. An Xbox One version is due out at the same time, but Sony is heavily featured in the game’s promotion. In fact, the game was only available at Sony’s both during this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.