When Square Enix announced Rise of the Tomb Raider at Gamescom last year, it dropped a bomb: The game would be exclusive to Xbox platforms, meaning PlayStation 4 and PC players wouldn't get to touch it. At least, not for a certain amount of time. Square Enix today confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will indeed hit PC and PS4 after a period of Xbox exclusivity: It will launch on Windows 10 and Steam in early 2016, and PS4 in late 2016. Rise of the Tomb Raider is slated to hit Xbox One and Xbox 360 this year on November 10th.
"The game will be a console exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for one year after its initial launch, coming to PlayStation 4 (PS4) in Holiday 2016," Square Enix says. "Renowned developer Crystal Dynamics, a Square Enix studio, is leading development in the latest entry in the iconic series for additional platforms."
After the announcement of Rise of the Tomb Raider's Xbox exclusivity, a vocal set of fans took to the internet to express distaste at the decision. For months after the game's reveal, Microsoft and Square Enix had to clarify the definition of an "exclusive," eventually noting that the companies' partnership had "a duration," giving a sliver of hope to Sony and PC fans everywhere. Turns out, "a duration" translates to "about a year."