Rise of the Tomb Raider was released in November of 2015 for the Xbox One and 360. Square Enix called it a “timed exclusive,” but gave no concrete news as to when this exclusivity would expire. Today that changes.
The sequel to 2013’s Tomb Raider continues the story of Lara Croft one year after that game’s events. The first game in the franchise reboot offered a gritty retelling of the heroine’s evolution into a proper Tomb Raider. It pitted her against not only humans out to kill her, but a threatening environment that showed no mercy. Failure to survive either often ended in grisly death scenes.
Rise of the Tomb Raider promises to build on the premise set forth by the first game with a more seasoned Lara. The PS4 edition will come packaged with all the games previous DLCs. It will also come with a brand new “premium dlc” entitled “Blood Ties.” It seems like no game’s protagonist is safe from zombies anymore:
“Blood Ties” is new premium DLC, and will allow players to explore Croft Manor in the main story mode, then defend it against a zombie invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare”.
PS4 owners will receive “Blood Ties” for free where as Xbox and PC players will have to buy it, assuming they don’t have the season pass. Here is a full list of features promised in the PS4 edition:
- Award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Brutal new “Extreme Survivor” difficulty mode (no checkpoints)
- “Blood Ties” & “Lara’s Nightmare” premium DLC
- Co-op support for “Endurance Mode”, challenging players to survive extreme conditions with a friend
- Re-envisioned cold-weather outfit and weapon for Lara inspired byTomb Raider III
- Classic Lara card pack which will allow fans to play “Expedition Modes” using one of several classic Lara models
- All existing DLC including “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch” and “Cold Darkness Awakened”, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, 35 Expedition Cards, and more
- Support for PlayStation VR that challenges players to unlock the mysteries of Croft Manor in first person
Rise of the Tomb Raider is scheduled to come out on October 11th for the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation VR integration sounds promising and the new difficulty modes seems like a good addition for those that may have already played this game to death.
Will you geeks be joining Lara this October to raid some tombs? Or is Nathan Drake the only treasure hunter you need?