Raising Lara for Two Whole Decades

Posted on 19 Jul 2016 by
L Coulsen

To celebrate her twentieth birthday, as of October 11th 2016, Squeenix are adding some new bits and pieces to Lara’s latest adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider. This includes a new story chapter, titled Blood Ties, and new co-op Enudrance gameplay which will be available across Xbone, PlayStation 4 and PC. The PS 4 will also be receiving VR support, though it’s inclusion in other versions of the game has yet to be confirmed. However, all of the other new tidbits will be included for any and all who have the Season Pass. Both existing and new purchasers.

The story chapter takes us back to Lara’s home, Croft Manner, where she will be tasked with fighting off a zombie horde because…of course it will. Affectionately titled Lara’s Nightmare, this section will be repeatable, whilst the Endurance add-on allows players to pair up and go plundering, ahem, excuse me, “exploring” tombs together with a friend. Perhaps indicating that the ZOMGbies may ultimately lead to a co-op experience as well. That could actually work quite nicely, but is entirely speculation on my part.

But Billy Mays quote!

There’re also a whole slew of cosmetic goodies being added in. Which include some new costumes and weapon skins, and a pack of classic Laras that allow you to wander around as, well, a classic Lara. From most of the previous titles in the entire franchise. Five in total. Full details of which five remain unclear, but Lara’s very first incarnation is confirmed as one of them.

Finally, a new difficulty setting, called Extreme Survivor, is also being added in apparently to the base game. This new mode requires one scavenge the environment to find enough materials to kindle a bonfire before allowing the player to make a save game. Each and every single time. All other checkpoints have been stripped out. Which sounds kinda’ cool, but will inevitably be a complete pain in the arse. Still, challenge accepted!

Check out the press release below for full details of when, and where, this will become available for you.

Official Press Release

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.

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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