10 million dollars. That’s a lot of money. You could buy houses and flash cars with that. Or you could pay for exclusivity for a game that shouldn’t have been exclusive in the first place. I talk about it here all the time, about whether or not Xbox Live Gold and Playstation Plus is worth it for the consumers because ultimately you want to be paying for a better experience in the way that you play, not to lock others out of content that has been on both systems for years. Let’s talk about why I’m not a fan of this strategy.
I’ll start off by saying that the 10 million dollar figure is rather speculative, but it has been thrown around in conversation so we are going to assume it’s true for the purpose of this article. Now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about why this is pulling the industry and the consoles further apart rather than building them up as a great place to play regardless. The Tomb Raider games have always been great experiences, and Lara Croft a memorable character. More importantly is that it has pretty much always been available on both platforms and we certainly haven’t seen any paid exclusivity deals within this franchise before. I’m also surprised that the publisher didn’t red flag this deal as soon as it was proposed, but that’s another matter.
I have an issue with this in the gaming space as a whole but this just serves as a means to talk about it. When you deny access to other gamers to make your console look better (especially on a beloved franchise) you look like the villain, not the hero who has saved this game from the evil clutches of the other party. Secondly, and this also leads on from the first point, elevate your console by using the exclusivity money to invest into a new game, much like Microsoft and Xbox have done before with the Halo franchise. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I don’t care about exclusivity for a year, I’d rather everyone had a great experience at the same time and that Microsoft would have put some of the money we pay for Xbox Live Gold into other endeavours that better benefit the consumers.
What do you guys think about this? Are you a PS4 owner who wants to play Tomb Raider but can’t because of exclusivity? Are any of you going to be buying an Xbox One exclusively for this game? Leave us a comment down below.