Man, things are getting really out of hand. A couple of hours ago, Square Enix and Microsoft announced that Tomb Raider will be coming exclusively on X360 and Xbox One. And as you’d expect, fans decided to express their feelings about that announcement in, somehow, extreme ways.
The official TR tunbler is currently filled with lots of angry comments from fans that have been enjoying Tomb Raider on other platforms than X360 and Xbox One. Some of them accuse Square Enix for simply prefering Microsoft’s money over its fans, while others are a bit more harsh toward the publisher.
The official Tomb Raider Twitter account is also filled with ‘salty’ comments. ‘I think you consider the money Microsoft gave you the lifeblood, not the fans.‘ wrote one fan while another one wrote ‘way to fuck over your fans. This is a disgrace to players that have played the games for a long time.’
Naturally, even the FB page of Tomb Raider is filled with comments like ‘ARE YOU FUC*ING SERIOUS??? Xbox exlusive? Tomb Raider ALWAYS was on PS and PC. Bring it back or all TR community will boycot new Rise of Tomb Raider.’ and ‘I’m extremely disappointed. I never imagined you’d disrespect an entire fan base on a console that supported the game for decades like this.’
Voice actress ‘Camilla Luddington’ (the voice of Lara Croft) has also received numerous tweets, asking her why the game has been ‘limited’ to only two platforms. Of course fans should not ask such questions to voice actresses as they don’t have a say in what platforms the game will appear.
Some developers are even starting avoiding Twitter in order to protect themselves. One of them is Andrew Dovichi, level designer at Crystal Dynamics, who said that it’s perhaps ‘time to shut off Twitter before I get myself into trouble, perhaps in a couple of weeks I can talk more about this stuff.’
And if that wasn’t enough, a petition – that has almost reached 1000 people – has been launched, in which fans demand Square Enix to rescind the arrangement to publish Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusively on Xbox One.
All in all, it’s obvious that fans are not happy with Square Enix’s decision. It remains to be seen whether this incident will benefit Square Enix and Microsoft or not.
And here is something interesting. According to industry insider ‘CBOAT‘, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be timed exclusive, despite the fact that the game was announced as a 100% exclusive for Microsoft’s platforms.
As always, take this with a grain of salt but such an exclusivity deal would make sense.