Square Enix Has A Stupid Defence For Rise Of The Tomb Raider Exclusivity
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe Square Enix are a bunch of morons, even if I stated that they may have made a good financial decision with Rise of the Tomb Raider’s timed exclusivity on Xbox One and Xbox 360. It’s really nice to have your beliefs validated, especially when said validation leads to disappointment. That’s the best feeling.
Obviously I’m trolling, but Square Enix undeniably have tried to remind us they’ve gone off the deep end of rationality with a really shit defence for Rise of the Tomb Raider’s exclusivity. And when I say that, I mean their defence doesn’t actually make sense.
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In a Q&A posted on the game’s official blog, Square Enix does its expected PR in saying that the decision to sign on the dotted line for the exclusivity deal was not one made lightly. I know, it became infinitely more difficult with a fat stack of cash being waved in front of your face, am I right Square Enix?
“Of course [the fans were considered when making this decision],” said the firm. “We did not make this decision lightly. 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.”
Are you kidding me? Square Enix reminds me of that really awkward and often stupid member of your group, that you wish one day someone would record the things he or she said and play it back to them in the faint hope that it will open his or her eyes to what the rest of the world is hearing.
I’m sorry, but you didn’t ‘consider’ the fans when making this exclusivity deal. You considered your financial position, Square Enix. That’s one. Two, exclusivity in the case of Tomb Raider has nothing to do with building the best game possible. You’re just getting great financial benefit. It’s a business decision.
Square Enix then went on to say that it “didn’t intend to cause any confusion with the announcement”, and the vague messaging that followed it. “The Microsoft Gamescom stage was a great place to make the initial announcement, but not necessarily to go into details,” it said.
“Our deal with Microsoft has a duration,” Square Enix said, reiterating claims made by Microsoft’s Phil Spencer. “We aren’t discussing details of the deal, and are focused on delivering a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360.”
You didn’t intend to confuse people so you just decided not to reveal any details upfront about the deal and confuse people? Sounds legit, Square Enix.
In other past news not relating to Square Enix and their comedic idiocy, Phil Spencer has basically said that the Xbox exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider is like having an answer to Sony’s Uncharted franchise, which is a game Spencer really admires.
“I’m a big fan of Uncharted and I wish we had an action adventure game of that ilk. We’ve started some, and we’ve looked at them. But we don’t have one today of that quality. This is an opportunity,” he said.