Speaking only for Myself, as someone who is not in any pressing need for a new Tomb Raider game in it's rebooted universe, the big deal is that for those who have been waiting for the next installment, a majority of them are now being forced to wait a lot longer than they'd planned....and it's being framed by some that the only way they'll actually get to play the game is if they buy an Xbox One, despite the mention of timed exclusivity. The bigger deal is that no matter how long the exclusivity deal lasts, for the majority, it's going to feel like an eternity....and given that apparently no solid numbers have been given on when the deal ends....that's going to be quite the eternity, and possibly enough that a lot of folks are simply going to shrug their shoulders and say: "Lara who?".
It is Microsoft's hubris and smug attitude from the start of the console pre-release press that blinded them to the notion that they need something to compete with Uncharted series on Sony...and since they squandered that time with first pissing off gamers with their strict drm policies, and then recanted, they did not take the time to develop their own first party IP...and now they're desperately trying to play catch up by greasing the palms of Squeenix and CD to turn their backs on the majority of folk who have played this title on PS or PC platforms. They're banking a lot on the notion that Tomb Raider could be a console seller. I, for one, honestly don't see it happening.
Microsoft has no interest in making a better, bigger, badder Tomb Raider for all to eventually enjoy. That would just be bad business for them as far as they are concerned. They are only interested in selling their failing and flailing console....and are taking desperate steps to do so, by eniticing a move that they know is going to piss off a majority of TR gamers.
People might think that MS is being benevolent by being the ones to announce that the exclusivity deal is limited duration....but unfortunately, all they're coming across as is the naughty little boy who keeps getting his hand caught in the cookie jar, and then looking all cute and winsome and saying: "oh, gee golly willikers, I swear, sir and/or ma'am, I'll never do that again.". And then everyome gets warm fuzzies, and everyone just wants to hug the little fella, while the little is grinning, figuring out simply how to get away with his transgressions next time.
That's the rub, I'd dare say, Valenka. And that's probably why the subject is not going to go away....for a long time.
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