Loyal fans of the popular gritty survival-action style game franchise Tomb Raider have reacted strongly against the decision of Square Enix to release the next installment of the iconic action series, Rise of the Tomb Raider, exclusive to Xbox One.
Devastated PlayStation users did not mince words to express their displeasure over the decision.
User Walter Halycz, asked on the official Rise of the Tomb Raider web site, "Why isn't Tomb Raider coming to the PS4?"
But Meto Nikolov was very blunt when he posted, "Tell us that we can wait for ROTTR on PC/PS4 so we don't need to buy the s----d console you made it exclusive for... I know it's a bad marketing, but you can't expect 100% of your fans on other systems to move to Xbox just because of your game."
Another user who identified herself as Georgia Loy, was less enthusiastic about the story line of Lara Croft's Rise of the Tomb Raider. She commented, "The animations in tomb raider ascension were amazing, so was the idea. Instead we got a survival game, the tombs were optional 'ffs'. Its called TOMB raider for a reason. Also, why are you dumbing down the puzzles? So you [c]an reach a wider audience so that less 'smart' people can play? So you can get more money? Sigh. Tomb Raider has been ruined. I miss the underworld franchise."
Indeed Xbox One did not miss an opportunity to harp on this latest advantage over its rival, PlayStation 4.
Xbox One posted on its web site said that in the first installment of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft was introduced to forge herself as a true survivor. But our hero wanted a deeper and more secret world.
"In the next chapter of her journey, Lara [Croft] must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider. Featuring epic, high-octane action moments, Rise of the Tomb Raider will take gamers to multiple locations around the world filled with exploration spaces that are some of the most beautifully hostile places on earth. In addition, after hearing the cry from fans loud and clear, the game will put the tombs back into Tomb Raider, all in the franchise's gritty survival-action style," Xbox One said.
But there is some good news for Play Station users, Microsoft's Xbox division head Phil Spencer hinted that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be available to other platform once the exclusive contract with Xbox One expires, reported VC Post.
"When people want me to say, can you tell us when or if it's coming to other platforms, it's not my job," Spencer said Gamescom press conference attended by Microsoft and Square Enix. He added, "My job is not to talk about games I don't own. I have a certain relationship on this version of Tomb Raider, which we announced, and I feel really good about our long term relationship with Crystal and Square. I don't own them building Tomb Raider on other platforms. I can't talk about the franchise that way."
Spender explained that he has a "certain relationship on this [Rise of the Tomb Raider] version of Tomb Raider." "What they do with the franchise in the long run is not mine. I don't control it. I don't know where else Tomb Raider goes," he continued.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available in the market this Holiday 2015 exclusively to Xbox One and Xbox 360. Square Enix has yet to decide the availability of game to other game consoles like PS4, PS3, and PC. You can also watch the trailer of Rise of the Tomb Raider here.