Although Rise of the Tomb Raider is currently a Microsoft timed-exclusive for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, a listing for the title on Amazon France’s website shows a release date of January 29, 2016, and displays the box art of the PC port with its compatible versions of Windows listed in its description. Should the time and month be official — as of writing, neither Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s publisher Square Enix nor its developer Crystal Dynamics have confirmed that it’s dropping in January — the PC release would come out alongside the action-adventure game’s Baba Yaga DLC.
The news comes after Square Enix’s announcement several months ago that its PS4 and PC versions would not be purchasable until next year. Of course, many Rise of the Tomb Raider fans who don’t own any Xbox products were understandably miffed, as the lack of a concurrent release would force them to wait longer than necessary to play the game.
Allowing Rise of the Tomb Raider to be playable by more people with a PC release is a good decision, and one that should have been implemented from its launch day. As it happens, Square Enix’s CEO admitted its exclusivity would disappoint fans, but went still ahead with the strategy anyway, despite the fact that it would alienate a lot of people.
In truth, timed-exclusive content is a bad idea that negatively affects fans and companies alike. It’s kind of like going to a restaurant and having a server only cater to one particular table for an undetermined amount of time, while promising other diners that their orders will be taken soon enough. Sure, those who implement the business model create the possibility for massive success on a specific platform, but in doing so, publishers and developers also run the risk of damaging relationships with other customers.
To put it bluntly, Square Enix delaying Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s inevitable availability on other platforms could have hurt the title’s sales overall. Hopefully, though, the positive reviews for the Xbox port will provide fans with enough incentive to pick it up once it drops on PC and PS4.
What do you think about Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s PC version releasing at the end of January 2016? Will you be buying it once it becomes available, or has waiting too long for its availability caused its appeal to wear off? Let us know in the comments below.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is available now as a timed-exclusive for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with its PC port releasing on January 29, 2016, and its PlayStation 4 version coming at the end of 2016.
Source: Amazon France (via IGN)