A lot of hell has been raised about Rise of the Tomb Raider’s timed exclusivity to Xbox One and Xbox 360. PS4 and PC fans have been extremely angry with developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix for making a deal with Microsoft, but the deal may go deeper than just money. All three parties are very weary about a PS4 game called Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has a tentative release date of Q4 2015, meaning that it will go head-to-head with Halo 5: Guardians and, most importantly, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Both games are very similar with the Tomb Raider reboot being heavily compared with Sony’s highly popular Action-Adventure franchise. In an interview with Eurogamer, Xbox Head Phil Spencer revealed that he hopes Rise of the Tomb Raider will be Xbox’s answer to PlayStation’s Uncharted.
“Totally. I’m a big fan of Uncharted and I wish we had an action adventure game of that ilk. We’ve started some, and we’ve looked at them. But we don’t have one today of that quality. This is an opportunity.”
The looming threat of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End could have been the catalyst for this deal. By not releasing Rise of the Tomb Raider on PlayStation formats during Holiday 2015, Square Enix no longer has to compete with Uncharted 4 and risk losing sales, and Microsoft gets a title in the same genre as Uncharted. Still, its not really an ideal situation for any fan of Tomb Raider.