Monumental Deal Uncovered for Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider was one of Microsoft’s biggest exclusive deals back in the day, but no one was certain how much exactly it costs for the company.


Once again, it seems that Linkedin has provided a quick peek for the gaming community just how many specific monumental deals were back in the early days of the PS4 and Xbox One. While people in the past have made assumptions that might have cost a bit more than ten million dollars for the company, there was never any reliable sources or confirmation of such an amount. Well turns out the actual figure is ten times that ten million.

While Epic Games have been in the news for the past couple of years, and Xbox Game Pass news has been all the rage, there was not much insight into the early days of the PS4 and Xbox One Era. However, a job history listing from Fabien Rossini – who was Strategic Planning & Corporate Development Director for nearly ten years, shows that one of Microsoft’s exclusivity deals he negotiated, and probably the most controversial one back in the day, was for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Rise of the Tomb Raider was released in 2015 with an exclusivity deal that kept the game on Xbox’s ecosystem for a year, and the PlayStation 4 owners had to wait until this deal ended.

One year later, at least the PlayStation 4 owners could experience the full game and all the season pass content in one package. However, still, fans were not the happiest with the exclusivity deal in this case, as the previous game launched on all consoles at the same time.

According to the entry, this was one of the many high profile deals that were negotiated but the only one highlighted explicitly for this period. It cost an eye-watering one hundred million dollars for Microsoft. It begs the question of just how much Microsoft is currently spending on those Xbox Game Pass deals. Based on this, some of those high profile deals could make Microsoft throw a lot more money at Publishers than six years ago.

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Bence is a Senior Staff Writer for our site. He is an avid gamer, that enjoys all genres, from Indie to AAA games. He mostly plays on the PS4 or on the laptop (since some indies get a preview build there faster). Loves obscure Japanese games that no one else dares to review on this site.

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