Yesterday, I wrote an opinion piece about how I felt that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s exclusivity to Xbox would be for a limited time, given the nature of the AAA games industry. In a bit of a surprise, I have already received a bit of validation to this opinion from a Phil Spencer interview conducted by Eurogamer.
In this interview, Spencer confirms that the exclusivity deal between Microsoft and Square Enix “has a duration.” The length of this duration wasn’t discussed, but when asked about the deal’s details, Spencer had this to say:
“I have Tomb Raider shipping next holiday exclusively on Xbox. It is Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I’m not trying to fake anybody out in terms of where this thing is. What they do with the franchise in the long run is not mine. I don’t control it. So all I can talk about is the deal I have. I don’t know where else Tomb Raider goes.”
So, there you have it. Although the duration may prove to be extended if this deal leads to success for both Microsoft and Square Enix, Phil Spencer is very careful to state that he does not control the Tomb Raider franchise before or after Rise of the Tomb Raider, as of right now. It is nice that Spencer came out and detailed this deal as much as he did, as it is personally more than I expected them to say on the nature of the exclusivity. Only time will tell how far said exclusivity really goes.