A former Eidos Montreal employee misses the amount of the settlement between Square Enix and Microsoft.
How much do platforms pay for a temporary exclusive? In general, video game studios and publishers do not publish the amount of these types of agreements, although that does not prevent them from being leaked on more than one occasion. For example, thanks to the trial between Epic Games and Apple we learned what the Fortnite company paid for the first EGS exclusives . And now, a former Eidos Montreal employee has missed the amount of money Microsoft paid to get Rise of the Tomb Raider released before anyone else.
We remember that Lara Croft’s adventure was first released on Xbox consoles , available in 2015 for Xbox One and Xbox 360, to debut a year later on PC and PS4. Well, Fabien Rossini , a former manager at Eidos Montreal and Square Enix, recently updated his LinkedIn profile to detail some of his work accomplishments to date. Achievements including “the negotiation of multiple agreements, including the exclusivity of Tomb Raider with Xbox, worth 100 million dollars .”
A statement that leaves little doubt about the money Microsoft had to pay for the game. If you go to the employee’s LinkedIn profile now, you will not find any reference to the agreement, since he has already edited his resume to eliminate what, by all accounts, was a piece of information that should not be made public . Even so, users like Timur222, from Twitter, managed to take a screenshot of the profile before removing the reference.
An exclusivity that earned Rise of the Tomb Raider to sell more than 1 million games on Xbox , in its first quarter. Things have changed a lot since 2015, with models like Xbox Game Pass to which, by the way, you can subscribe for 1 euro the first month . And with recent Square Enix games, like Outriders, which has debuted at launch on the service, the question that comes to us now is this. How much will Xbox have paid for the premiere of Outriders? We’ll see if a Square worker breaks the news to us one of these days.