Yesterday, Microsoft announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be coming exclusively to Xbox platforms. Today, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed for Eurogamer that the exclusivity deal is only for a limited time.
Spencer said the deal had limited duration, but declined to say for how long the exclusivity had been secured.
"It's not because I'm trying to be a headfake on anybody," Spencer said. "It's a deal between us and the partner. People ask me how much did we pay. There are certain things I'm just not going to talk about because it's a business deal between us and them. Obviously the deal does have a duration. I didn't buy the IP in perpetuity."
Beyond that, Spencer also acknowledged the backlash the news received among Tomb Raider fans in the PlayStation community.
"I get the reaction I see," Spencer said. "If I'm a PlayStation person all of a sudden I feel like, the franchise has gone. I didn't buy the IP. I didn't buy the studio. It's not mine. Where this thing will go over time, just like Dead Rising or Ryse, we'll see what happens with the game. I don't own every iteration of Tomb Raider."
Rise of the Tomb Raider is set for a holiday 2015 release on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.