Those of us with the DualShock 4 close to our hearts rejoiced this morning when Square Enix finally announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider is really making its way to the PS4.

But don’t get your joysticks in a twist. It won’t be until holiday 2016.

Sure, we knew it wasn’t going to be any time relatively soon (though PC users are getting it in “early 2016”), but why did Square Enix choose now to reveal the date before it got its exclusive first appearance on Xbox? Not set to release until November 10, why did the company decide against waiting until after it released to drop the news?

Perhaps preorder sales so far for the title are not up to Square’s liking. While Lara faces some stiff competition on her big day, Square has previously expressed disappointment when the original Tomb Raider reboot sold 3.4 million in its first month after release.

Those of us who have the luxury of owning both a PS4 and an Xbox One may have not thought twice about Lara’s latest adventure, cautiously waiting to see what would become of the exclusivity deal Microsoft and Square agreed upon. However, now seeing as the title won’t be Sony’s until the end of 2016, Square’s motive may be to finally push some gamers to take the plunge this year and get the game on the Xbox One now.

On the other hand, it’s possible the date for Rise of the Tomb Raider’s PS4 release has only recently been finalized. Since its reveal at E3 last year, seemingly every gaming event has had ambiguous statements where both Square and Microsoft failed to comment on what kind of exclusivity the title would have, something that we are now fully aware of. Maybe they didn’t truly know themselves until now, and maybe it was part of the agreement that they had to announce it before Rise of the Tomb Raider released on Xbox One. After all, Square clearly wants to sell as many copies as they can.

But with such a jam-packed fall up ahead, could this new reveal actually hurt Rise of the Tomb Raider selling on Xbox One?

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With so much to play already from September on, some gamers may decide a year is actually not that long in the scheme of things, and will just decide to play Fallout 4, Battlefront, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate instead this holiday season, simply waiting another year until Rise of the Tomb Raider arrives on PS4 to tackle another tomb or two.

It may be up to time to tell for the answer to this one, but let us know below what your theory behind Square Enix revealing Rise of the Tomb Raider’s PS4 release date is.

  • Sweetbrandigirl2004

    I was thinking the very same thing WHY announce now ! I mean letting the cat out of the bag before holiday 2015 HURTS Microsofts sales. So I’m very surprised that Microsoft didn’t have some type of clause in the contract forbidding the announcement of the PS 4 copy until 1/1/2016. This kills any chance of getting those 360 players who are on the fence about which new console to buy. Now the choice is obvious they’ve be buying PS4 this holiday season as they get to play both ROTTR and Uncharted 4 along with the Nathan Drake Collection in 1080p and @60fps.

    • Mike Nitroy

      Exactly. While Square clearly just wants to sell copies and it doesn’t particularly matter to them what platform, it still doesn’t bode well for them this season, so I don’t quite get it ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • PixelOmen

      I’m so not sure, anyone that cared about TR enough to buy a console for it probably doesn’t want to wait a year for it either.

      • Jecht_Sin

        Or they can crack it to preview it on their weak PCs and get the PS4 release later, even waiting a bit more for the price drops.

      • Sweetbrandigirl2004

        Sorry but I don’t think there is anyone who cares enough about TR to buy a console just to play it. Yeah it’s a ” good ” game but good games DON’T sell consoles AWESOME games do like Uncharted 4 now thats a game people will buy a console for IMO.

        • Ash

          I bought a PS4 last year, and now have been saving exclusively to buy a One for this TR game. We’re not many, true, but we do exist.

          • GotNews4Ya

            But now you don’t have too.. so.. use that money on games.

            • Ash

              Nah, I’m gonna stick with my plan. My money, after all. 🙂

    • Fweds

      Oh the fan boys and girls are hilarious and so bitter about a game, just stop.

  • Truthhurts24

    Greatly disappointed in Microsoft for allowing this to get on ps4

    • latinalover

      they already said months ago that this game is a time exclusive

      • Truthhurts24

        I thought to pc not ps4. Now tomb raider will probably not get as much sales for X1 now that the public knows this is coming to ps4 smh.

        • Ucouldntbemorewrong

          It was very obvious it was coming to PS4 in either 6 months or a year. I’m just shocked they announced it now, and not 3 months after it was already out on XB1.

    • Jecht_Sin

      Yeah. MS should be the world leader and dictate all developers which platforms they have to develop their games for! As if what they did to the home/office computer industry with crapdos isn’t bad enough.

      SE owns the IP, mate. It would have costed MS too much money to have SE skipping the PS4 version.

    • Jose Daniel Figueroa

      no, all games not produced by first party should be multi-platformers. its just developers that are complacent and lazy.

      • Don Karam

        First-party games should be multi-platform as well. At least everything should be on PC as well since that is the most technologically advanced platform.

    • Grey Elf

      “Greatly dissapointed more people get to enjoy a game”

      Do xbots read their posts before submitting them?

  • NoNeedToArgue

    i think they did it to boost preorders. people were waiting to see how long the exclusivity would last. now they know

  • ambleThought

    Very reason I am avoiding TR period. Why? When a company sells out to a greedy desktop OS maker that is why.

    • Jecht_Sin

      That and the new Lara sucks. And not in the right way.

    • Fweds

      Square Enix put their game development costs up for grabs because the last game didn’t sell as well as they expected and it was taking to long to make a profit, MS paid but Sony did not, MS also put a development team in to help and have their reward.

      I am avoiding Streetfighter 5 because they sold out to a company that sells TV’s, smartphones and insurance and is not looking to good financially.

      • Grey Elf

        “And is not looking to good financially”

        Sony is in the black friend, and has been profiting for some time. Do some research kid.

  • Jecht_Sin

    I dunno. Technically if they wanted to push more sales on the Xbone they had to keep it secret until the first few weeks after the game launched. I believe the reveal damaged the MS effort. Much hype for it being an “Xbox exclusive” evaporated now that it is officially for PS4 as well. I don’t believe MS is happy at all about this.

    • Fweds

      Look at it like this you can’t play it on the PS4 for a year if you know about it or not, MS are happy and so am I.

      The icing on the cake will be if MS have the PC TO Xbox One streaming in place for when Sony release any titles that they paid to stop coming to Xbox One i.e Streetfighter. I will buy on PC and play them through Xbox One in the comfort of my living room.

      • Grey Elf

        Only a retard would be happy that a game is delayed on platforms he doesn’t own. The game being denied to other people has zero benefit for you.

  • psyrakan

    Now that game it’s doomed on Xbox,pc and PlayStation bravo Square enix

    • Fweds

      You do know that Square Enix announced long before the MS deal they were disappointed in the sales compared to costs on the last Tomb raider right ?.

      And you do know that Square Enix offered MS and Sony to invest in the game so they could cover costs quicker and that Sony did NOT take the offer but MS DID they also helped with development and were rewarded for it.

      Sony obviously had other plans for their money such as taking away the next Streetfighter game from all other console gamers other than those that buy their system , they also used their money on COD, Destiny, Batman etc and now they are using it by trying their damned hardest to try and stop the public from knowing that the next Star Wars game is actually multi format.

      • psyrakan

        That’s doesn’t change the fact that the game itself it’s in trouble. A little ip called Fallout 4 are getting a launch the same date Nov. 10 ,and other like Black pos 3,Halo5 ,Gears remaster, Forza 6 ect. Will be already there keeping Xbox fan base busy.

        • Fweds

          You do realize if they thought for one second they needed to move the game to another date they could right ?, they don’t care about other releases around the same time they never have.

          MS have always been happy to release their big titles close together to other releases the closer it get’s to the holiday season,
          They do this so they can list all those titles available including Fallout 4 as they push for the Christmas sales.

          It’s a business strategy that has worked well for so far, plus of course they ignore internet fan boys who use words like “in trouble” and “a little ip”etc that’s why they have billions.

          Though it won’t be happening next year though as Phil Spencer announced a change of strategy (They will also have Windows 10 coming into play) and they are now going to spread their releases throughout the year.

          • psyrakan

            Lol yes Tomb raider it’s in trouble rather you like it or not. Proof enough it the game still not out for Xbox and and it’s already announced for other systems. Plus ROTR was supposed to complete with. Uncharted 4. That game was delayed for the 1st quarter of 2016. Last time I checked square wasn’t happy with the last gen performance on 3 platforms. Then they decided to launched it on current gen of consoles. PlayStation version outperform the competition each time. And the only reason they launch still for November 10 it’s because there’s a contract. A contract that might already cost Squre some cash by announcing the game that early for other platforms. But guess what they did it anyway hoping future sales for 2016.

      • GotNews4Ya

        cry harder… Atleast our Street Fighter is Exclusive.. Your beloved Microsoft paid them money just to get it for a year early.. ROFL

        • Fweds

          Let’s look more closely at your post –

          “cry harder”, “Our”, “beloved” and “ROFL”

          Do you realize how stupid that makes you look ?.

  • lulzprime

    Meh. There’s Uncharted 4.

  • datdude

    I don’t really understand this timing either….people knew it would come to pc, but there was still some confusion/doubt as to whether the game would come to ps4….now there is no doubt. That does not help Microsoft, or Square. This announcement would have been best left for after Christmas, in my opinion.

    The 2015 fall lineup of multiplats alone is staggering, and many gamers, myself included, can wait for Lara. I currently own a ps4, 360, ps3, and pc, with an xbone slim possibly in my future when that is made available. I suppose I could buy Tomb Raider for the 360, but I have absolutely no desire to play an inferior version of the game. On top of that, there are just too many games scheduled this fall, I cannot play them all, I don’t have the time….the problem I see for this announcement is now Sony only gamers know not only is Tomb Raider coming late next year, but they will likely get the version with all the dlc included. How is that beneficial to Microsoft in this equation, at this point in time?

    In addition, with 2016 absolutely looking monstrous in the number and quality of games set for release, PS4 (PS3?) gamers may decide to overlook Tomb Raider next year entirely, especially if the Sony and Microsoft first party exclusives turn out to be as good as they look. I loved the Tomb Raider reboot, but if games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Dreams, Quantum Break, The Last Guardian, Gears 4, etc. etc. are coming in the same time frame, along with the usual fall heavy multiplat lineup (which next year also includes Mass Effect Andromeda)….Lara will be in trouble all over again next year.

  • The only people buying this game on Xbox One were people who only own an Xbox One anyways… this announcement should have zero effect on that. If you own a PS4 and an Xbox One, you were probably (smartly) waiting for the PS4 version (which everyone knew was coming) anyway. This just confirms that the PS4 version will be something of a “Definitive Edition” as it will have an extra year of development time.

    • Fweds

      Lol damage control ALERT.
      The time this is released on PS4 everyone will have moved on, by then it will be stale, all the walkthrough videos, the Twitch streaming etc the game will seem very old by the time it ends up on ps4..

      • Not sure what sort of damage my comment was trying to control… Not everyone watches other people play video games on their computers. Also not sure why you’d be watching walkthroughs or videos of a game that you wouldn’t be playing for another year any ways? Not sure what you’re talking about.

  • The Rise of The Tomb Raider announcement cannot come soon enough! Its better to build anticipation months ahead of release then give little to no warning and simply release a game.

  • Nettrick Nowan

    Given that the PC date was announced and so close, chances are I’ll get it on the PC and not bother with the weaker specs on the Xbox One. My PS4 probably won’t see this title.

    • Fweds

      Given that this is 1080p on Xbox One the also weak spec PS4 will no doubt struggle to run it even at 30fps,


    The PS4 version will come with all the DLC and at a reduced price… I’ll have Battlefront and The division and Uncharted 4 to keep me busy until this releases..

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