Could The Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity win the console war for Xbox?

Console Monster writes: "During Microsoft’s conference at Gamescom 2014, it was announced that Square Enix’s The Rise of the Tomb Raider will be exclusive to Xbox when it’s released in “Holiday 2015”.

The announcement was greeted with outrage from PlayStation and PC gamers, who were eagerly awaiting the return of Lara Croft following her highly successful 2013 reboot, Tomb Raider.

However, despite Microsoft repeatedly reassuring that The Rise of the Tomb Raider is exclusive to Xbox (whether that means Xbox 360 and Xbox One is currently unclear); there was still confusion as to whether the title would arrive on other platforms at a later date. Even the Square Enix press release tiptoed around the subject."

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sinncross1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

I dont think TR is going to be the game to change the tide.

MightyNoX1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

Seriously. If Titanfall, with a marketing budget that rivaled GTA V, couldn't do it...this 'writer' expects a timed exclusive to do that?

Did Ben Kuchera write this piece?

Wriggy1138d ago

Titanfall was competing in an already cluttered market (with the likes of Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, Gears of War, etc.).

Tomb Raider is more or less in a league of its own on the Xbox, whereas PlayStation has Uncharted.

iamnsuperman1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

Titanfall is but it also came out at a better time. I think the fact it was a new untested ip was the real reason

I would agree with you about tomb Raider except Microsoft does have story driven games comming (quantum break) and that is really what Uncharted is about. Uncharted built its fandom through a light hearted story driven game similar to a film which grew over time in popularity (nate and sully became an unlikely buddy cop type of pairing).

Tomb Raider doesn't really do that not separate itself from other story driven games. Tomb Raider is a bit dark. It is also releasing at a horrible time the main reason Tomb Raider sold so well was the time period it released in. I feel Halo sales will swallow this game up. To link back to the article will it "win the console war" definitely not. Tomb Raider is a long established franchise but it will not hold up against Halo (which is something that is going to push units) let alone the third party games

vishmarx1138d ago

seriously why are we even discussing this anymore?
a timed exclusive doesnt win a war

Ezz20131138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

***Could The Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity win the console war for Xbox?****

FriedGoat1137d ago

First time a title on n4g actually made me laugh out loud.

svoulis1137d ago

@ Wriggy

Excuse me, the release windows were completely different for TitanFall and Call of Duty. That is not an excuse. The real excuse is that it came out on the 360 as well. How could TitanFall be a system seller, if it wasn't just on that platform?

There is no way that a Timed exclusive being Tomb Raider would shift a 3 to 1 ratio, I am sorry its just not possible. What it really comes down to is how gamers fell betrayed by Microsoft. They have good reason to as well. Granted Phil Spencer is doing his best to steer the ship out of danger, its still got some leaks.

For example the fact that DR3 and Ryse are no longer "exclusive" to the platform people dropped 500$ on just for those games.

I was one of those people.

Boody-Bandit1137d ago (Edited 1137d ago )

I will show you just how ridiculous the premise of this article is. Not EVEN flat out buying the exclusive rights to Call of Duty would pull MS ahead of Sony. It's not just a game issue. It's a consumer confidence issue, extreme greed business practices and sacrificing system architecture for a stupid gimmick (camera).

Their entire vision for the XBOX ONE was an atrocity that blew up in their face. MS would have to start practically given away XBOX ONE consoles to pull ahead of Sony.

Sony is closing in on a 2 to 1 advantage worldwide (they may already be there) in less than one year since launch. The gap is widening week after week. They are averaging a 3 to 1 disparity in sales right now over MS worldwide and have been for months.

With that said MS need to first focus on trying to catch up to Nintendo. They are 2 million units behind Nintendo which is also out selling them worldwide. Yet this author thinks Tomb Raider will have a big impact?

Let me tell you something Mr. Author. Tomb Raider wont cause a dent. I would be surprised if it boosted sales 0.001% for MS.

MS needs their own games and not purchasing others and trying to make them their own. Purchasing TR as a "timed" exclusive wreaks of desperation and them simply throwing what ever they can at the wall praying something, anything will stick. TR will slide down faster than water hitting oil. It will have NO impact at all.

MS need to make up their minds once and for all. You either want to be in this industry or you don't. If you do start supporting studios that will create your own stable of games instead of relying on cheap parlor tricks given the illusion that you're doing so. Sorry MS but we know Milo is having his strings pulled by a person in the other room. AKA Wizard of Oz. When will you guys learn we are smarter than you give us credit for and you are only kidding yourselves.

TomShoe1137d ago

Uncharted does everything Tomb Raider does, just better.

bouzebbal1137d ago

so TR weighs waaaaay more than Titanfall and Kinectless SKU combined?

PONTIAC08G8GT1137d ago

I still don't know why this is such a big deal. It's Tomb Raider for god's sake. If Sony lost Little Big Planet, Uncharted, something like that, yea it's a big deal. But it's TR, it's not a major title that you line up outside and wait in line in sub zero temperatures for. Let's get over it already.

GiggMan1137d ago

Seriously? Even the most delusional fanboys wouldn't agree with that. Win the console war? People are digging too much into this. Just let it go.

InTheLab1137d ago

The author says there's only a 2 million sales gap in this "article" despite Ms shipping 5m and Sony selling through 10m.

The guy can't even be bothered to do simple math let alone speculation of whether one game can a war that's well out of reach.

MysticStrummer1137d ago

"Tomb Raider is more or less in a league of its own on the Xbox, whereas PlayStation has Uncharted."

The last TR sold the least on XB platforms.

Boody-Bandit1137d ago

I really should've just dropped the mic after my 1st comment and walked away but I can't.

quoted from the article:
"It’s no secret that the PlayStation 4 has got off to the better start, selling two million more units than the Xbox One (according to current figures)."

According to what figures? Sony is at or around 10 million sold "through". MS is at or around 5 million "shipped". It's at or around a 5 million gap and not 2 million.

"While the likes of Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse, Dead Rising 3 and Titanfall all received rave reviews, none of them have been a major console seller"

Rave reviews? Ryse (OA-60), Forza 5 (OA - 80) and Dead Rising 3 (OA- 78) did not receive rave reviews. All 3 of them should've been delayed. Especially Ryse. That was one of the most unpolished games I've played in years.

This article was well written. That's a bonus. But considering the author has a BA in journalism that is to be expected. The premise is lunacy. Sorry I don't mean to be so harsh but it is sheer lunacy.

Tomb Raider, not now, not ever, is a system selling AAA must purchase a console to play game. This was another in a long line of bad moves by MS this generation. They simply seem like they can't get out of their own way.

They need to focus on making XBL more enticing with their free games, discounts, early access to betas, expanding games for XBL, yes this means indies as well, and most of all bringing out new IP's and taken a risk doing so.

So far I'm not seeing anything from them now or in the future that I'm personally excited to play. The only game I'm looking forward to somewhat is SSO but I'm still on the fence as to whether I will purchase or rent it.

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Arkardo1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

This should be report immediately as the most hilarious article ever!

Man I laughed so hard that almost had a heart attack, dangerous article I tell ya.

GiggMan1137d ago (Edited 1137d ago )

Lol exactly.

I'm going to pick up a Xbox One maybe in 2015 to go along with my PS4 it won't be for Tomb Raider lol. Unless they announce a tomb raider bundle for about $300.

Where do people come up with this stuff?

Spotie1137d ago

Is it okay to laugh at this? I won't get called a fanboy, will I?

harrisk9541137d ago

Tomb Raider, while likely going to be a great game (we will see as it is still a year and a half away) it's not a huge "system seller". To be sure out will sell well amongst XB1 owner. It will also likely move some XB1s, but his many? 50,000? 100,000? 500,000? Not bloody likely. Titanfall had minimal impact. The unbundling of Kinect had minimal impact. Sunny will also have its big AAA titles or next year. it's going to take mote than timed exclusives like Tomb Raider.

harrisk9541137d ago

Oh man… lots of typos! Damn autocorrect!! :)

adventureghost1241137d ago

It's arguably going to make it worse for Microsoft, I don't see how it could really help either Microsoft or sony and its only timed as well.

Eddie201011137d ago

I doubt that it is even a console seller to begin with, Why Microsoft think this game will be is beyond me.

The real problem is that Square/Enyx allowed this to be purchased by Microsoft as an exclusive when the majority of Tomb Raider sales have always been on Playstation Platforms and PC by a large number.

Microsoft also need to come clean on what kind of exclusivity they have with the game. They are still very shifty about the whole thing.

Gamer19821137d ago

Did you know at current sales rates when Tom Raider is released Xbox will be over 10 million behind?? Do you really think by that point it will matter? It's not a console seller anyway so it not gonna help catch that 10 million.

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DarkOcelet1138d ago

Um no , because its timed and ps4 got uncharted 4 in that time .

Back-to-Back1137d ago

Uncharted 4 will be like a Tomb Raider only good.

Clogmaster1137d ago

I'm still looking for the *satire* tag in the article.

TimeSkipLuffy1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

I don't think so.
For me as a PS gamer it was a shock but if Sony does not want to pay money it is their decision to do so. They probably did something with Bungie to get some exclusive DLC. Deep pockets is one way to make your fans happy.

Xbox gamers are happy to be the first to play while PS gamers will wait and grab it when it is on sale or rightaway or on PS+ or never because they are just too angry now.

But PS gamers will be PS gamers and Xbox gamer will be Xbox gamers.

If MS would have pulled that of with games like GTA or AC or Far Cry, ... that would be a different story... well the rant would be bigger but those who haven't switched will consider the console with the games they want to play or their friends are playing on.

extermin8or1138d ago

Sony weren't offered chance to pay for tomb raider. MS went to square enix about it, Sony were apparently never part of the discussion. There was no bidding war.

TimeSkipLuffy1138d ago

I wasn't talking about a bidding war. It was Sony's decision not to go to a studio and offer money for exclusivity. It maybe not their way of business but in this world money rules.
So with money you can buy a little happiness for your customers.

We would all agree that IF SONY would have bought the exclusive right to launch this title first on PS, every PS gamer would be happy!

Septic1138d ago (Edited 1138d ago )

No chance whatsoever. This isn't even wishful thinking, its just plain deluded. Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive. Not only that, as classic as the franchise is, it is not what I would call a killer app.

If any single game were to help Xbox 'win' the console war, it would have to be a MASSIVE, ground breaking killer-app the likes of which we haven't seen since Halo or COD Modern Warfare. I'm thinking along the lines of something like Shenmue MMO or something crazy like that.

cfc781138d ago

Waste of time and money who's going to jump of the fence for a timed exclusive? why Ms keeps shooting them selves in the foot with these back alley deals and not focus on new exclusives with their cash which would be more likely to sell XB1's will remain a mystery.

LordMaim1137d ago (Edited 1137d ago )

In Microsoft's eyes, it's easier to wait until a game is nearly complete and buy it than it is to invest in a company and hope that what they produce will pay off on your investment. Have a look at Rare and their output since Microsoft bought them. They haven't released much, and what they have released hasn't broken any records. They were a prolific studio back in the day, so it seemed like a sure thing. That's $375 million dollars plus operating costs since 2002. Or, split that money up between a half dozen complete third party games that you expect to do well and it doesn't seem like such a bad investment. Of course, you don't get the same return that you would with a first party game, but it still generates interest in your console. In the short term, at least.