– Tom Heath
After much confusion during the game’s initial announcement, Rise of the Tomb Raider has been confirmed as a timed exclusive to Xbox platforms. Rise was already confirmed to be launching for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 10 this year, but this new announcement from publisher Square Enix states the exclusivity only covers a 12 month period.
The Playstation 4 release has been scheduled for “Holiday 2016”, which is American for “near Christmas” and meaning we’ll see the game around November that year. However, the PC release is quite a bit sooner, as Windows is another Microsoft platform and not bound by the 12 month rule, and is set for “early 2016”.
So the dates are still pretty vague, but closure is closure and it’s great to finally have firm news of Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s release status. Securing franchise sequels as console exclusives is one thing, but vaguely-kinda-might-be-don’t-want-to-say “exclusives”? They’re just annoying.
While Rise is coming to Xbox 360, there is still no word on a Playstation 3 version of the game as yet. LoadScreen has reached out to Square Enix for confirmation and will report back should we hear anything.
UPDATE: A Square Enix representative has confirmed to us that they currently “only have plans to release Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms.” No PS3 version is a little surprising given they’re producing a last-gen build for Xbox 360. Might be time to upgrade for Tomb Raider fans.
While hardly to be considered a “tomb”, Tom got his head stuck in a cave once. He might tell you about on Twitter: @tomdheath. LoadScreen might also have some awesome cave stories too, you can hear about them here: @load_screen.