Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida spoke of his surprise that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be exclusive to Xbox and suggested that Square Enix would have had to be significantly compensated by Microsoft to cover the profits they could have made from the PlayStation 4’s substantial user base. He also said he hoped the game would eventually come to PS4.
In a wide-ranging interview with Eurogamer Yoshida said “we [Sony] didn’t anticipate something like this would happen.” Eurogamer ask him “when Tomb Raider was announced at E3 it was suggested it was for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.” He replies “That’s why i’m surprised.”
When asked if he thinks the game will eventually come to PS4 he said “That question has to be asked to Square Enix and Microsoft. I hope the game will come out eventually on PS4. But how can I tell? Other than that cryptic message by Phil Spencer.”
At Gamescom Sony revealed they have now sold 10 million PS4s. Yoshida commented on why Square Enix with the release of the new Tomb Raider are ignoring the PlayStation user base and he suggested it was for financial compensation. “If you’re a marketing person at Square Enix and projecting your sales for the game, if it doesn’t come out on PS4, it must be lots of units that have to be covered by some means.” Eurogamer ask him “Microsoft will make it worth their while, I’m sure.” And he responds “Yeah. It’s amazing.”