Rise of the Tomb Raider is easily one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. In Lara Croft’s new adventure she’ll be heading to Siberia, looking for the secret of immortality. There will be supernatural animal guardians, a sinister organisation (named Trinity) most importantly, it will have even more tombs to raid than Tomb Raider (2013).
It’s just a shame then, that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s most exciting bits have been greatly overshadowed by the fact that it will be exclusive to Xbox 360 and Xbox One when it launches later this year. PC and PlayStation fans were angry as they have supported Tomb Raider for many years – good news then, that Square Enix has just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016.
Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC and PS4
In Square Enix’s announcement, the publisher stated that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be available on Windows 10 and Steam in early 2016 and it would be out on PS4 in holiday 2016. They also reminded everyone that the game will “premiere first” on Xbox 360 and Xbox One when it’s released on November 10, 2015.
Overall, many would agree that this is a smart move from Square Enix as Tomb Raider (2013) sold far more copies on PC and PS4 than it did on Xbox consoles and so they risked losing out on many potential Rise of the Tomb Raider sales here. Plus, the early 2016 release date on PC means the publisher can capitalise on the release of (PS4 exclusive) Uncharted 4, with PC players perhaps buying RotTR as an alternative. Meanwhile, the late 2016 PS4 release date means they won’t have to compete with that blockbuster.
Some have questioned Square Enix’s timing, though. Although both Square and Crystal Dynamics have stated that Rise of the Tomb Raider is a ‘timed exclusive’ several times, few expected them to announced a PC and PS4 release date for the game so soon. We’ll have to wait and see if this will impact the sales of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One version.
Which platform will you be playing Rise of the Tomb Raider on? Do you think that Square Enix should have waited to announce Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s PC and PS4 release date? Leave a comment and let us know.