Despite what was said at Microsoft's Gamescom Xbox briefing yesterday, and by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix executives following the event, Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't an exclusive in the sense that it will never ever appear on any other platforms. According to what Microsoft's Phil Spencer tells Eurogamer, the game's exclusivity has an expiration date. Spencer also confirmed that the game would be coming to the Xbox 360 next year as well.
"It's not because I'm trying to be a head fake on anybody," Spencer told Eurogamer. "It's a deal between us and the partner. People ask me how much did we pay. There are certain things I'm just not going to talk about because it's a business deal between us and them. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn't buy the IP in perpetuity."
"I get the reaction I see," Spencer continued. "If I'm a PlayStation person all of a sudden I feel like, the franchise has gone. I didn't buy the IP. I didn't buy the studio. It's not mine. Where this thing will go over time, just like Dead Rising or Ryse, we'll see what happens with the game. I don't own every iteration of Tomb Raider."
Spencer went on to say that he would not get into the specifics of the Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity deal.
The real question that has yet to be answered is how long the deal will last and when – and if – Square Enix/Eidos/Crystal Dynamics will bring it to other platforms…