×

‘Tomb Raider’ Versus ‘Uncharted:’ Consoles Bet on Exclusive Action Heroes

Microsoft’s Xbox is putting its money behind “Tomb Raider,” turning to the treasure hunter as it looks for a video game franchise to compete with against Sony’s popular globe-trotting adventure series “Uncharted,” both of which have ambitious new sequels launching in 2015.

“Rise of the Tomb Raider” will be released exclusively on the Xbox platform, Microsoft corporate VP Phil Harrison revealed Tuesday from the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany.

While the sequel to 2013’s “Tomb Raider” was prominently featured at Xbox’s presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, in June, it was assumed the game would be released across multiple platforms, including Sony’s PlayStation 4, when it launches in holiday 2015.

It still will: While “Rise of the Tomb Raider” will bow exclusively on Xbox One during holiday 2015, Crystal Dynamics has the option to release the game on other platforms afterward, since it still owns the property, not Microsoft.

Still the move to lock down the rights to “Tomb Raider” is clearly an effort to not only secure its own adventure franchise, but land a franchise that could help it sell more hardware, as console makers rely more on exclusives to promote the Xbox One and PS4. It worked for Microsoft in the past, with “Halo” having helped launch the Xbox and Xbox 360.

Sony has scored with Naughty Dog’s “Uncharted” franchise, exclusive to PlayStation since 2007; “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” launches next year, as well (watch the trailer below), which features an older version of the game’s hero Nathan Drake.

“Tomb Raider” and “Uncharted” have film adaptations in the works and revolve around treasure hunters.

SEE ALSO: Blockbuster Games to Battle Big-Budget Movies for Fans’ Dollars

Crystal Dynamics rebooted the “Tomb Raider” franchise in 2013, introducing a younger Croft as she goes on her first adventures. That version of the game is expected to be the basis of a new film franchise, currently in development.

Microsoft must be impressed with what they’ve seen in “Rise of the Tomb Raider” so far.

SEE ALSO: E3: Microsoft Focuses on Games to Boost Interest in the Xbox One

In a blog post, Crystal Dynamics chief Darrell Gallagher said the company is trying to make “the most ambitious ‘Tomb Raider’ game ever built” and that “our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in ‘Tomb Raider’ and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past — we believe this will be a step to really forging the ‘Tomb Raider’ brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.”

Other “Tomb Raider” games will still be released on the PlayStation and PC, including December’s “Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris” and “Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition.”

More Digital

  • Colin Kroll Dead Vine Obit

    HQ Trivia and Vine Co-Founder Colin Kroll Dies at 35

    Colin Kroll, co-founder of the Vine video app and the HQ Trivia game, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment early Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, Variety has confirmed. He was 35. New York Police Department officers responded at 12:18 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, to a call by Kroll’s girlfriend, who was concerned about [...]

  • Nick Eh 30, StoneMountain64

    CAA Signs Gaming Influencers Nick Eh 30, StoneMountain64

    CAA has signed two popular live-streaming battle royale gamers — Nicholas Amyoony, better known as Nick Eh 30, and David Steinberg, aka StoneMountain64 — for representation. CAA said it will work to create opportunities for Nick Eh 30 (above left) and StoneMountain64 (above right) in all areas, including TV, motion pictures, touring, digital distribution and [...]

  • Amazon Adds NBA League Pass to

    Amazon Adds NBA League Pass Live-Streaming Games to Prime Video Channels

    Amazon is bringing pro hoops action to Prime Video Channels: The ecommerce giant now offers NBA League Pass as part of its lineup of 150-plus subscription options for Prime members in the U.S. It’s the first U.S. live-sports subscription service on Prime Video Channels. Prime members can subscribe to NBA League Pass via Prime Video [...]

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    International Piracy Ring Stole Over 25,000 Movie and TV Digital Files, U.S. Feds Say

    A five-member international hacking crime ring stole more than 25,000 files for Hollywood movies and TV shows and illegally offered hundreds of them for sale online, according to U.S. law enforcement officials. A federal grand jury in L.A. on Wednesday (Dec. 12) indicted five men, identified as residing in the U.K., India, Dubai and Malaysia, [...]

  • Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president

    Apple to Update iPhones in China to Avoid Sales Ban

    Apple is pushing out a software update to iPhones in China to address a recent court order obtained by Qualcomm that banned the sale of certain iPhone models in the country. The update will allow the company to continue selling its phones in China, company representatives told Reuters Friday morning. The Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court [...]

  • Kevin Reilly Variety Cover

    Kevin Reilly Named Content Chief for WarnerMedia Streaming Service

    Kevin Reilly — a veteran television exec who has led programming at NBC, FX, Fox, and most recently Turner Broadcasting — has been tapped to head content strategy for the still-nascent streaming service that WarnerMedia plans to launch next year. Reilly, who has led programming at Turner brands TNT and TBS since 2015, will serve [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content