How much did the marriage between Lara Croft and Xbox cost in 2015? (Spoiler: a fortune)

For a number of lengthy years now, Sony and Microsoft haven’t hesitated to spend astronomical sums, and even to purchase many improvement studios, to make sure the exclusivity of sure video games on PlayStation and Xbox. On the Microsoft facet, we hit onerous a number of months in the past with the acquisition of Bethesda, and its many prestigious licenses. However based on latest rumors, Microsoft would have spent an insane sum of money to afford exclusivity on a sport from 2015 …

A really (very) costly momentary exclusivity for Microsoft?

Certainly, after a wonderful reboot launched in 2013 by Crystal Dynamics and Sq.-Enix, the Tomb Raider saga returned to the fore on the finish of 2015, with a sure Rise of the Tomb Raider. That is clearly the sequel to the sport launched two beforehand on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, however to players’ shock, this second installment is on the market solely on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.

If the PC model arrives at first of 2016, PlayStation gamers needed to wait till October 2016 to lastly make the most of the continuation of Lara Croft’s new adventures. A short lived exclusivity for use for the advantage of Xbox subsequently, however which might have price Microsoft at least $ 100 million.

That is certainly what Fabien Rossini, previously on the helm at Sq.-Enix, stated on his LinkedIn profile. The latter explains having “negotiated a number of offers, together with Tomb Raider exclusivity on Xbox for $ 100 million“.

In January 2016, a number of weeks after its launch on Xbox consoles, Rise of the Tomb Raider handed the milestone of 1 million copies offered. The sport then launched on PS4 in November of the identical yr and hit the 7 million gross sales mark on the finish of the next yr. It’s rumored that this exclusivity was initially negotiated by Microsoft with a view to counter the offensive of Sony, which ought to have launched a sure Uncharted 4: A Thief’s Finish on the finish of 2015, a sport which can lastly be launched in Might. 2016.