Tomb Raider made splashes with its 2013 reboot, and is already making headlines with its controversial timed exclusivity deal for its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, but we may only be 2/3 of the way done with Lara Croft’s adventures.
Phil Rogers, CEO of Square Enix Americas referred to the Tomb Raider series as a “trilogy,” signaling that a third game for the Lara Croft reboot is planned. Rogers referred to the series as a trilogy when discussing the upcoming title’s exclusivity with Microsoft at Gamescom.
“We believe first and foremost this is the right thing to do with Tomb Raider right now,” Rogers said about Rise of The Tomb Raider coming to Xbox first. “What it’s done for the sake of the studio and the next beat with the Tomb Raider trilogy… But the backlash is–we’ve watched carefully and we believe it’s the right thing to do.”
PlayStation fans don’t have to worry – Square Enix doesn’t plan to make Tomb Raider an Xbox exclusive IP.
“We don’t see this over time becoming an Xbox IP,” Rogers said about Tomb Raider. “This is a story and we’ll look back over the Tomb Raider franchise and history, and it will be a chapter where it was a timed-exclusive with Xbox.”
Neither Square Enix nor developer Crystal Dynamics has confirmed a third title at this time, but prior to the release of the first game in 2013, previous global brand director Karl Stewart said studio Crystal Dynamics would require multiple games to complete Lara Croft’s story.
Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on November 10 on Xbox One and Xbox 360 and comes to PC and PlayStation 4 in 2016.