Crystal Dynamics has now further explained how their partnership with Microsoft came to be, and how this has helped them develop Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Crystal Dynamics boss Darrell Gallagher revealed more about this business decision during an interview with Game Informer.
Gallagher actually revealed that Crystal Dynamic’s relationship with Microsoft didn’t happen overnight. It was a “long partnership” that occurred way back in 2008. Back then, they had some exclusive DLC for Xbox 360 owners of Tomb Raider Underworld.
Gallagher then admitted that Microsoft helped Crystal Dynamics “achieve what we want with Rise of the Tomb Raider“. Although he did say the game could have existed without Microsoft’s help, mainly because the Tomb Raider franchise has existed for over 20 years and is still a popular brand.
However, he said Microsoft’s marketing push for Rise of the Tomb Raider will be beneficial. Even though the game is a timed exclusive, Microsoft will heavily advertise the game like if it was a first-party game.
He was still hesitant to fully admit when Rise of the Tomb Raider will be coming to other platforms. He gave the standard answer that “we’re focusing on Xbox One and Xbox 360” right now. The door is still open for the game to come out on other platforms, but Crystal Dynamics is keeping quiet on this topic right now. We’ll just have to wait for an announcement in the future.