Rise of the Tomb Raider An Xbox One Exclusive Coming In Holiday 2015, Developers Explain Decision

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Aug 12, 2014 11:37 AM EDT

Microsoft revealed today that Rise of the Tomb Raider, the next entry in the famous franchise from Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, will be an Xbox One exclusive.

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The game is now set for release in the 2015 holiday season, and it's unclear for how long (or if permanently) the Xbox One exclusivity will last. As Polygon reports, Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher took to Tumblr to address the series' fans.

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"Dear Tomb Raider Community,

"As you may have seen, we've just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I'd like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we're creating at the studio.

"Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today's announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming.

"Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past - we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft."

Gallagher goes on to say the studio won't be abandoning PlayStation and PC gamers and mentions other Tomb Raider properties for those systems such as Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, but doesn't mention Rise of the Tomb Raider in relation to those platforms.

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