Rise of the Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive for Xbox platforms.
PlayStation fans were none too happy to hear the news, especially because they know Microsoft has a long history of simply buying exclusives (timed or otherwise). As for Sony, they're holding to the same stance: They don't need to purchase exclusivity because they've got one hell of a first-party lineup of studios.
This is what PlayStation EU boss Jim Ryan reminded us of during a Gamescom interview with CVG :
"Well, you know, we've got a very large and very powerful network of studios on our own, all of whom are working on games that will be fully exclusive to PlayStation, and we feel that this on top of partnering with third parties where it makes sense. I think the partnership we have with Activision on Destiny is a good example of where it makes really good sense for them, it makes good sense for us and it benefits our consumers–when you complement those two things we think that gives us a pretty complete position in the market.
So do we feel the need to go out and buy outright exclusivity? Probably not."
Ryan added that Sony's Gamescom media briefing showed off plenty of "new, fresh things" and they're excited about that. As for the new Tomb Raider , it may be enough to generate a spike in Xbox One sales when it arrives. But at the end of the day, I think we all know that PS4 exclusives will outstrip Xbox One exclusives when the generation is over. That's just obvious, right?
Related Game(s): Rise of the Tomb Raider