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Microsoft Opens Up On Xbox Exclusivity Of ‘Rise Of The Tomb Raider’

Following Microsoft's announcement in Gamescom 2014 about the exclusive release of "Rise of the Tomb Raider" for the Xbox consoles, the company faced public outcry from the massive gaming community.

In an attempt to clarify the issue, Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division, came forward and explained the company's move in an interview with Eurogamer.

According to the executive, Microsoft's partnership between the game's respective developer and publisher, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, is not a way to deprive rival consoles such as Sony's PlayStation.

 "I knew there would be some pushback when we came out," Spencer said. "Certain people won't believe this: [the acquisition] doesn't come from an evil space."

"It comes from a space where there's an opportunity that maps really well with what we need in terms of the genre, and a partner that's looking for a partnership," he added. "Other people can do the deal, but it was a deal that fit well with us."

Spencer then explained that the deal was made by the three companies to foster a stronger business relationship while building a better "Tomb Raider" franchise.

"I think it could help the franchise in the long run and help Crystal and Square and us," he said.

Spencer's statements seem to coincide with what Darrell Gallagher of Crystal Dynamics previously said regarding the issue, IGN reported.

"We believe this will be a step forging the 'Tomb Raider' brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft," he said.

Gallagher then eased gamers by mentioning that the company is working on other "Tomb Raider" games for various platforms.

"This doesn't mean that we're walking away from our fans who play on PlayStation or on PC," he said. "Those are great systems, with great partners and amazing communities."

"We have 'Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris' coming to those platforms this December, and 'Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition' is available on PS4," he continued.

Although Microsoft announced that "Rise of the Tomb Raider" will be released exclusively for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Spencer noted that the company did not purchase the rights to the game, according to Gamespot.

This means the exclusivity of the new "Tomb Raider" is only temporary and gamers of other consoles can enjoy the game in the future.  

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