BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Many people were right to doubt that Microsoft was doing a good job with the new Tomb raider game’s release, and as it turns out, it might seem like even the company is in doubts regarding whether they did the right thing. So, after some consideration, “Rise of the Tomb Raider” might see a January PC release.
Even though Microsoft claimed that by launching the title to be Xbox 1 exclusive, at least at first, as well as at the same time as Fallout 4 would make both games winners, it turns out that conforming with public opinion, “Rise of the Tomb Raider” was one of the most criminally underplayed games of the year.
However, fans of the franchise can rejoice to find out that Steam might have leaked the title’s international PC release.
PC gamers that employ Steam for their gaming needs were able to observe, starting a few days ago, that a release date appeared on the “Rise of the Tomb Raider” page, a release date much closer than anybody could hope for.
January 2016 is what Steam claims to be the release date for the new installment in the Tomb Raider franchise, although no confirmations were obtained from either Steam of Square Enix, the game’s developers.
To make things even more interesting, earlier in December, Amazon France also declared January 2016 to be the release date for the much anticipated Tomb Raider game, although they went a step further and gave the more precise date of January 29th.
Whether Steam assumed Amazon France to be correct and just used the release date stated by the website, or if both platforms actually received confirmations from the developers is of yet unknown, however one thing is certain – both the fans and the companies behind the games are anxious for the PC release.
The real tragedy of the game was its really poorly thought out launch strategy. Entering a partnership with Microsoft, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics decided to go for an initial exclusive release for the Xbox One, as well as launch the game at the same time as Fallout 4.
Of course, very few people actually bought and played the game, despite critics praising it as being much better than its predecessor and giving it overwhelmingly positive reviews.
However, a January PC launch could in fact give the title the momentum it needs to capture the interest of fans of the title’s reboot, that were disappointed by the Xbox exclusive release.
That, coupled with a probable 2016 release of the PS4 version of the title might hopefully be enough to save the franchise, as its most recent titles are examples of Triple A games at their finest, despite their not very thought out marketing.
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