Square Enix has defended and explained its decision to enter an exclusivity deal with Microsoft for Rise of the Tomb Raider.
“We did not make this decision lightly,” Square Enix said in a Q&A on the game’s website. “Our goal is to build the best game that we possibly can, and our relationship with Microsoft will help us realize our vision for the game.”
Square Enix added that it “didn’t intend to cause any confusion with the announcement” and that the “Microsoft Gamescom stage was a great place to make the initial announcement, but not necessarily to go into details.”
The company also restates that the Microsoft deal “has a duration”, however it isn’t discussing the details of it and is instead “focused on delivering a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Shortly after the deal was announced, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that the exclusivity had a duration and that the motion for the deal came mainly from a desire to compete with Sony titles such as the Uncharted series in the action adventure genre.