Tomb Raider reboot developer Crystal Dynamics made a splash at this week's Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany by announcing some surprising release details for the sequel. Rise of the Tomb Raider is planned for a holiday 2015 launch, and is "coming exclusively to Xbox."
As you might have noticed, the announcement doesn't specify Xbox One or Xbox 360, so it could mean Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to both. We'll have to wait to find out more on that, but for now Crystal Dynamics put up a blog post by studio head Darrel Gallagher to explain the exclusivity.
Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past - we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.
Gallagher goes on to remind PlayStation and PC players that they still have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris to look forward to, and there's also the PlayStation 4 release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which came out in January.
It's currently unclear whether this will be a timed exclusive with a multi-platform release down the road, but if you want to play Rise of the Tomb Raider when it comes out you'll have to do so on a Microsoft console.