Following all the craziness yesterday where it appeared as though Rise of the Tomb Raider was going to be an Xbox One exclusive when it launches holiday 2015, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer spoke with Eurogamer, confirming that “yes, the deal has a duration [on Xbox]. I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise.”
Exactly how long that deal lasts, Spencer wouldn’t say:
No [I can’t tell you]. It’s not because I’m trying to be a headfake on anybody. 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 then. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn’t buy the IP in perpetuity.
Also during the interview, Spencer confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider is a cross-gen title, launching on Xbox One and Xbox 360. So, if it does come to PlayStation, there’s a good chance it will be on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
Spencer concluded by talking about the deal:
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.
When any details about Rise of the Tomb Raider coming to PlayStation are revealed, we’ll let you know.