Posted on August 18, 2014, Stew Shearer Xbox Boss Thinks Tomb Raider Could Counter Uncharted 4
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer believes that Rise of the Tomb Raider could be the Xbox One’s answer to Uncharted.
That, at least, was the sentiment that came across in a recent interview where Spencer, the head of Xbox, addressed Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Rise of the Tomb Raider as a Xbox One timed exclusive. When asked directly about Rise of the Tomb Raider serving as a counterpoint to Sony and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series, Spencer confirmed that he does see Tomb Raider possibly filling that role.
“Totally,” said Spencer. “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.”
Spencer would also try to assure Tomb Raider fans that Microsoft’s move to more closely connect the franchise to the Xbox One wasn’t done with any sort of malicious intent toward PlayStation customers.
“This whole thing that, like we just somehow found something that Sony fans love and said hey, if we just drop millions of dollars then they can’t go play the game, that’s not how it played out,” he said. “There’s nothing we did somebody else could not have done.”
Granted, some would still likely argue that this move is unsavory, but that does little to change the fact that PlayStation fans will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the next chapter of the rebooted Tomb Raider.