Updated 09:42 PM EST, Mon, Feb 24, 2020

'Rise of the Tomb Raider' Release Date, Gameplay & Trailer: No PS4 & PC Versions? Game Exclusive to Xbox One

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The highly-anticipated title has been announced to be an Xbox One exclusive. Mashable reported that Crystal Dynamics made the announcement Tuesday at Gamescom.

The announcement reportedly "ruffled some feathers," said Cinema Blend and now, over 9,000 people have signed an online petition against the Xbox One exclusivity.

The Change.org online petition calls on Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics to "Rescind the arrangement to publish Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusively on Xbox One." The petition, initiated by Stella lune of New York, reads:

"Since its origins in 1996, Tomb Raider has been a multi-platform franchise with fans all over the world playing on diverse systems and devices. The recent decision to release the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider  as an Xbox One exclusive alienates the majority of the fan base and will ultimately lead to the demise of the franchise.

We, the undersigned fans, urge you to reconsider this decision and bring the game out on all three major platforms--PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One--simultaneously."

That "Rise of the Tomb Raider," the sequel to 2013's "Tomb Raider," will be an Xbox One exclusive, comes as a shock for most fans. The 2013 title launched simultaneously on PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Crystal Dynamics, via the Tomb Raider blog, offered an explanation for the Xbox One exclusivity, saying that the move was "one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming."

Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics added, "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."

In the end, Gallagher said that PC and PS4 gamers will still be able to play Lara Croft in other titles also released by the game studio such as "Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris" while PS4 gamers also get "Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition."

"Rise of the Tomb Raider" is due out Fall of 2015. Check out the game's E3 trailer in the video below.

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