Looks like Rise of the Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive after all. In an interview with Eurogamer, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that Microsoft’s exclusivity deal for Lara Croft’s next adventure “has a duration.”

During its Gamescom 2014 press conference, Microsoft and Square Enix announced Rise of the Tomb Raider as releasing exclusively on Xbox (both the 360 and One) during the 2015 holiday season. The wording left people wondering if the title would see release on other platforms and resulted in community backlash.

“When people want me to say, can you tell us when or if it’s coming to other platforms, it’s not my job,” Spencer responded when asked about Rise of the Tomb Raider releasing on PlayStation consoles and PC. “My job is not to talk about games I don’t own. I have a certain relationship on this version of Tomb Raider, which we announced, and I feel really good about our long term relationship with Crystal and Square.”

“I don’t own them building Tomb Raider on other platforms. I can’t talk about the franchise that way. I can talk about the deal I have,” he added, comparing the deal with Square Enix to Xbox One titles like Dead Rising 3 and Ryse, which are both heading to PC.

“Yes, the deal has a duration. I didn’t buy it. I don’t own the franchise,” he answered when asked if there was a time limit on the deal. Spencer didn’t comment on how long the duration is exactly, but if past instances are any sort of clue, Rise of the Tomb Raider could head to other platforms within a year of the Xbox release.

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