Microsoft has snagged a gaming coup, with the announcement that
Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to 2013’s
well-received reboot of Lara Croft, will be exclusive to Xbox
Speaking at the Xbox press conference at Gamescom in Cologne,
Germany, the head of development studio Crystal Dynamics, Darrell
Gallagher, revealed the new game will be coming to the console in
the holiday 2015 release window.
“We are pushing to deliver a game that defines ‘survival
action’,” Gallagher said. “You’ll explore huge areas in some of the
most beautifully hostile places on Earth, you’ll conquer bigger,
better, more challenging tombs, you’ll have the thrills of some
unforgettable action moments, and we will continue to bring you the
best combat bow in gaming.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider was first revealed at E3
earlier this year, and centres on Lara overcoming the emotional
turmoil following her escape from the hellish island of Yamatai.
One of the few survivors of a doomed archaeological expedition,
Lara was forced to survive off the land and learn to defend
herself. As well as the action Gallagher promises, the sequel will
also delve into the psychological trauma of her experience,
treading rare ground for mainstream games, while continuing this
younger version of Lara’s development into the more familiar
heroine of the classic games.
“We’re incredibly excited to have Rise of the Tomb
Raider come to our platform exclusively,” said Microsoft’s
corporate Vice President, Phil Harrison. “It’s a franchise I’ve
admired for over 18 years, and I can’t wait for Xbox One gamers to
play the game next year.”
The first game in this reboot series sold more than a million
copies in its launch weekend, and became the highest selling
Tomb Raider game to date. Once seen as a PlayStation icon,
Microsoft’s signing of the character as an exclusive is likely to
help shift more than a few Xbox One consoles.