For a while, Rise of the Tomb Raider’s fate was a bit grey. With the announcement that Microsoft would be the publisher for Rise of the Tomb Raider, fans were bracing themselves for the almost-inevitable announcement that the Tomb Raider series would begin its Xbox One exclusivity with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Then Crystal Dynamics vaguely assured Playstation owners that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be released on other systems, stating, “We’re focusing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 here at Crystal, and that’s what we’re focused on right now. And anything beyond? We’ll come back to at a later date.”
A recent photo taken from a screen shot of a phone, however, threw the new title back into Xbox One exclusivity. Xbox Australia stated in a comment on one of their photos that “Rise of the Tomb Raider will be Xbox exclusive. Not timed exclusive but exclusive.” While many thought E3 might bring better answers to Lara Croft’s fate, a tweet made by Phil Spencer states that Rise of the Tomb Raider is, in fact, a timed exclusive.
Microsoft has since apologized for the incorrect comment made by Microsoft Australia’s Facebook page. As well, Crystal Dynamics has stated on the official Tomb Raider forums that, “For clarification, as we’ve previously announced Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed exclusive.” How long Rise of the Tomb Raider will remain exclusive to the Xbox One, however, is yet to be revealed. Hopefully E3 will provide more insight into Lara Croft’s future.