Microsoft paid $100 million for Tomb Raider exclusivity


By Aron Gerencser August 31, 2021

Ever wondered how much it would cost to keep a gaming legend exclusive to your platform?

In the case of Lara Croft, it's a nice round $100 million.

Microsoft thought the deal worth it to ensure Tomb Raider's exclusivity back when the game was rebooted.

It isn't often that the financial side of exclusivity deals are revealed to the public.

The figure was referred to on the LinkedIn profile of a former Square Enix executive.

Courtesy of current CREY Games CEO Fabien Rossini, we now know that the Tomb Raider reboot's exclusivity deal was valued at $100 million.

This deal ensured that Rise of the Tomb Raider would spend one year just on Xbox before making a delayed release on PlayStation.

The foundation of this timed exclusivity deal was laid back when Tomb Raider (2013) was in development.

Publisher Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics clashed internally regarding the project.

Microsoft supported the vision for the reboot and was instrumental in turning it into reality.

If you ever want to secure an exclusivity deal for Tomb Raider, you now know what kind of ballpark number to save up.

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