Gamescom 2014 is going on right now, which means Microsoft and Playstation are once again trying to outdo each other. In this competition, Microsoft seemingly had a huge weapon in its arsenal. They announced yesterday that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be an Xbox Exclusive.
In fact, this is not the case. In an interview with Eurogamer Xbox boss Phil Spencer mentioned that,
“I have Tomb Raider shipping next holiday exclusively on Xbox. It is Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I’m not trying to fake anybody out in terms of where this thing is. What they do with the franchise in the long run is not mine. I don’t control it. So all I can talk about is the deal I have. I don’t know where else Tomb Raider goes.”
While Spencer wasn’t willing to confirm how long Rise of the Tomb Raider will be exclusive to the Xbox, this news is still good for Playstation owners.
As a colleague of mine recently pointed out in an article over at Gameskinny, making one of the few games featuring a strong female protagonist a console exclusive could have had negative ramifications for ladies in gaming as a whole. Fewer people would have been exposed to her story, and ultimately if the game sold poorly “it would contribute to the myth that female-led games just don’t sell.”
It really feels like we dodged a bullet here, and I’m happy that I can continue planning my eventual Playstation 4 purchase while still looking forward to some Lara Croft action.