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Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 in October

Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 in October

This year marks the 20th birthday of Lara Croft and to celebrate this, Square Enix will release on October 11 the latest game from Crystal Dynamics through a special edition. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration features "Blood Ties", a new story chapter with PlayStation VR support but also all the DLC, more outfits, weapons, Expedition Cards and new co-op Endurance gameplay. A Limited Edition wil also feature a limited art book.


Ultimate Rise of the Tomb Raider Experience Features New Story Chapter, New Co-Op Endurance, Limited Edition Art Book, and In-Game Content Honoring Classic Lara Croft Games

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (July 19, 2016) – Crystal Dynamics® and Square Enix® continue to celebrate 20 years of Lara Croft®, the gaming world’s iconic heroine, with fans around the world by announcing today that Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration™ will launch on PlayStation®4 on Oct. 11, 2016. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will include the award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider® game, a completely new story chapter entitled “Blood Ties”, new co-op Endurance gameplay, PlayStation VR support for “Blood Ties”, all of the previously released DLC, more outfits, weapons, and Expedition Cards. The Limited Edition of the game will also feature a limited edition art book.

With the exception of VR support, all of the new content in Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will also be available for Xbox One and PC players. Current Season Pass owners on Xbox One and PC will automatically receive the content for free, and moving forward the existing Season Pass will be updated to include the new content. There is no Season Pass on PlayStation 4, as all of the content is included in the initial release.

“The studio is celebrating with all Tomb Raider® fans, thanking them for being on Lara’s 20 year journey with us,” said Scot Amos, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “The team has packed in surprises, new story, and the top-requested special features into this 20 Year Celebration edition.”

“Blood Ties,” a new premium DLC, beckons players to explore Croft Manor in a new story mode; then defend it against a zombie invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare”. When Lara’s uncle contests ownership of the Manor, Lara must explore the estate to find proof that she is the rightful heir, or lose her birthright and father’s secrets for good. Players can then test their zombie-killing skills in the replayable “Lara’s Nightmare” mode: a haunted Croft Manor where players have new challenges and must rid the Manor of an evil presence.

Additionally, support for PlayStation VR empowers players to unlock the mysteries of Croft Manor in first person.

“This year we celebrate 20 years of the iconic Lara Croft,” said Ron Rosenberg, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “This provided the perfect opportunity for us to deliver a new Tomb Raider experience. With the addition of PlayStation VR support, you can play the world through Lara’s eyes for the first time in franchise history.”

In addition, for the first time in a Tomb Raider game, a new online co-op expansion to Endurance mode lets fans raid tombs in a brutal wilderness together. Two players must team up to survive the harsh elements by day, as well as lethal threats from enemies by night. Fire takes fuel, food restores health, and every resource must be hunted, collected, or crafted. Battle to the top of the leaderboards, as others try to beat your longest survival run.

Working with long-time partner Nixxes Software, the development team has also created a number of additions that celebrate Tomb Raider releases through the years, including a re-envisioned version of the cold-weather outfit and the Hailstorm pistol that Lara donned in “Tomb Raider III”. A special classic Lara card pack will allow fans to replay the game with five classic Lara models from the games over the years, including the original Lara model that started it all in 1996.

At the special request of hardcore fans, the main game becomes even grittier with a brutal new “Extreme Survivor” setting. This new difficulty level takes the toughness of Survivor and ratchets it up several notches starting with all checkpoints being stripped out of the game. The only way to save the game is forage enough resources to light campfires.

All previously released DLC will be included, including the three hour story addition Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, Cold Darkness Awakened in which players must combat waves of infected predators, 12 DLC outfits, 7 DLC weapons, over 35 Expedition Cards, and more.

Square Enix is also introducing a new scavenger hunt promotion that will allow fans to use their wits and skill to bring home prizes. Rise of the Tomb Raider: Scavenger Hunt is a website for PC and mobile; the program offers new trivia, photo, and social challenges every week. Complete the challenges and earn points to unlock Rise of the Tomb Raider Expedition Cards. Your points also earn you sweepstake entries for amazing prizes like an ATV, Rise of the Tomb Raider skinned PS4 consoles, and the grand prize, an epic Arctic adventure! Pre-order today exclusively at GameStop in the U.S. and at other participating retailers in Canada to gain entry into the experience.*

Rise of the Tomb Raider, currently available for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, is one of the most celebrated games of the past year. The game was nominated for more than 75 awards, winning 27. Rise of the Tomb Raider was also nominated for nine DICE Awards, more than any other title in 2015.

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Commented on 2016-07-19 18:00:21
Good to see they added a lot of new stuff. If the ps4 neo rumors are true, do you think Rottr will get a neo patch? Or maybe remasters/rereleases don't count. Im wondering the same about skyrim se.
Commented on 2016-07-19 20:04:17
The additions are very little and of no real significance. I'm also disappointed that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics didn't take this opportunity to release a remaster of the first Tomb Raider from 1996 - just like the Easy Allies/GameTrailers crew talked about in one of their podcasts.

That would have been truly amazing, even though it's not one of the titles I most love in the franchise, it would be a perfect fit for its 20th anniversary. And would have added real value to this edition. Of course, they wouldn't have had time to do this in only 1 year, but it would have been nice if someone had thought of this 2-3 years back.

It's hard to say if all these small additions are worth to charge $60 for a 1 year old game, even if the game is truly excellent. Which is not to imply that a 1 year old game isn't worth full retail price, but I say this because The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release a "Game of the Year" edition in a few months and I imagine it will contain the 2 really huge expansions - Hearts of Stone, Blood and Wine - and all DLCs at $60, which is an insanely great deal.

So in comparison this 20 Year Celebration edition feels really barebones, even if most PS4 owners never played Rise of the Tomb Raider before. Though the 1 year exclusivity deal with Microsoft alienated a lot of PS4 owners, who might decide to wait another year for a price drop or just want to send a message to/screw with Square Enix.

Also, taking only PS4 into account, since most people on X360, XB1 or PC who wanted to play the game most likely already have, the release date puts it right in the beginning of the Holiday Season among titles like: The Last Guardian, Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, Mafia 3, World of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest Builders, Titanfall 2, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2, Batman: Arkham VR, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition, etc - give or take a week or two.

Plus a lot of people will probably want to save $60 for a new game coming out in November or December, rather than spending it all on a 1 year old game with no significant addition.

I love this game, but taking these things into consideration, it will be really hard for it to do well sales wise. In the end, time will tell whether this was enough or not.
Commented on 2016-07-19 20:50:59
Oh this game.
Commented on 2016-07-19 20:59:55
Certainly won't be buying this full price. But it'll be a bomba and it'll be £25 by January like it was on xbone so I'll get it then. As sdart said, its a year old and releasing full price among games i'd rather be playing. Last guardian, battlefield 1 and dishonored 2 to name a few.
Commented on 2016-07-19 22:20:48
bought it for $10 on pc. beautiful gameplay graphics and lots of replay value. The Expedition Cards provide both hard challenges and special assists for casual gamers.
good purchase whenever you decide to pick it up.
Commented on 2016-07-20 00:28:49 In reply to GunsnSwords
Posted by GunsnSwords
bought it for $10 on pc. beautiful gameplay graphics and lots of replay value. The Expedition Cards provide both hard challenges and special assists for casual gamers.
good purchase whenever you decide to pick it up.
Where did you get it for $10 :o? I would buy it for that price!! :)
Commented on 2016-07-20 00:37:19 In reply to GunsnSwords
That's quite the price, since the lowest I ever saw Rise of the Tomb Raider was around $30-35 on GMG, it was a while back though. This version should be priced at $40.
Commented on 2016-07-20 01:02:01
It was many months ago and It was though an exchange rate. it actually worked for me and for others too. not kidding around.

On India's App store page right now Tomb raider reads "₹ 1,002.00" in Rupees. which i belive = $15 USD

you can give it a shot to see if it works.
Commented on 2016-07-20 01:44:38
Wow, thanks! I do see the price, but I am not sure if its region locked. Everyone seems to say they had luck doing it. So tempted..... Either-way, thanks a lot! :)
Commented on 2016-07-20 02:02:32
sure, and good luck. If you follow the instructions carefully in the comments section of my first link it should work. anyways the game is great, even more of a steal at a cheap price.
Commented on 2016-07-20 09:46:44
Commented on 2016-07-20 11:52:50 In reply to AndreasZ94
Posted by AndreasZ94
Good to see they added a lot of new stuff. If the ps4 neo rumors are true, do you think Rottr will get a neo patch? Or maybe remasters/rereleases don't count. Im wondering the same about skyrim se.
Neo is not a rumour anymore. It's officially confirmed.
Commented on 2016-07-20 16:16:37 In reply to AndreasZ94
Posted by AndreasZ94
Good to see they added a lot of new stuff. If the ps4 neo rumors are true, do you think Rottr will get a neo patch? Or maybe remasters/rereleases don't count. Im wondering the same about skyrim se.
Hopefully, im ready to ditch the PS4 for the new NEO as soon as available and really id be hoping Neo is out in time for this! I understand Sony pulled Neo from E3 due to Scorpio but would of thought we'd know by now if the console is due out this year or not!

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