Crystal Dynamics say they never intended on causing confusion over the exclusivity of Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox.
In a recent FAQ on their official Tumblr, the studio said that their decision was never intended to cause confusion and insist that consideration of fans were taken into account when finalising the deal.
“We certainly didn’t intend to cause any confusion with the announcement,” they wrote. “The Microsoft Gamescom stage was a great place to make the initial announcement, but not necessarily to go into details.”
The exclusivity of Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider sequel was the biggest news coming out of Gamescom.
When it was first announced, fans took to social media to vent their anger and disappointment with the deal, with some launching petitions, noting the title’s birth on PlayStation and much more.
Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios, Darrell Gallagher, took to Tumblr shortly after the announcement to defend the decision.
A few days later, Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed that the exclusivity was actually a timed exclusive but refused to reveal how long for.
Asked if the consideration of fans were taken into account, they replied: “Of course. We did not make this decision lightly. Our goal is to build the best game that we possibly can, and our relationship with Microsoft will help us realize our vision for the game.”
They also confirmed what Phil Spencer said previously, that the exclusivity was indeed timed but they also refused to reveal the length of time.
Speaking on their relationship with Microsoft, they added: “… We have a long history with Microsoft and they have been a very strong supporter of the franchise. They will help us grow and nurture the Tomb Raider franchise more than ever before.”
The President of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, previously said that he hopes that Rise of the Tomb Raider will come to PlayStation 4.
Unveiled during E3 in June, the title will be set following the events of Tomb Raider and follows Lara Croft as she must use her survival skills, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider.
Lara will also travel across the world, visiting locations filled with exploration spaces.
Camilla Luddington will reprise her role as Lara Croft whilst Rhianna Pratchett will also return as the writer.
It will be available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in the 2015 holidays.