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Microsoft Will Publish Rise of the Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics is still making the game, but Microsoft's getting deeply involved.

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There's been some confusion over Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity status, but Microsoft revealed today it's actually publishing the damn game.

News first broke when Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg responded to a fan on Twitter who was asking about how the game's publishing was being handled.

Here's what Greenberg said:

Square Enix later released a more clarifying statement to several outlets:

"Yes, Microsoft will be publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox. Microsoft has always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and they will get behind this game with more support across development, marketing and retail than ever before, which we believe will be a step in continuing to build the Tomb Raider franchise as one of the biggest in gaming."

This certainly seems to suggest we'll only be seeing Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One (and possibly PC), even though previous reports left wiggle room for the sequel to show up down the line.

Of course, all of that could still happen. But in a world where Microsoft is publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider and Sony's locked up Street Fighter V, this generation of hardware might only be getting weirder.

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