I can just about see how Microsoft might theoretically benefit from this...even if it performs badly enough according to SE's own criteria that the money hat visibly ends up falling on its sword a bit. Microsoft have the seemingly infinitely deep pockets here. But one has to wonder though, how much SE needed the Microsoft cheque. I thought they were largely out of the woods (or is it just the Japanese side that's doing well at the moment?), so it puzzles me why they would resort to such a short-term gain at the sacrifice of the longer-term prospects of the Tomb Raider IP.