Known for her prowess in scaling cliff sides, ancient ruins, and her capabilities as an archaeologist have become known around the world over her 20 year reign. Lara Croft has become one of the most iconic heroines in the history of gaming and one that proceeds to remain so even today. To celebrate the 20 year anniversary – Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20th Celebration has officially been announced for PlayStation 4 on Oct. 11th, 2016. This new version of Rise of the Tomb Raider features a completely new story chapter named “Blood Ties”. The game will also feature a new co-op Endurance gameplay mode, PlayStation VR will be supported for “Blood Ties”. The title will include all previously released DLC, more outfits, weapons, and Expedition Cards for players to find. A Limited Edition has been announced and will feature a Limited Edition art book.
The newly announced Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will also be available for PC and Xbox One. Own the season pass? Square Enix has announced that all PC and Xbox One Season Pass owners will get the content for free, but with the exception of VR support. Moving Forward the Season Pass will be updated with new content that is upcoming. As for the PlayStation 4 version? All the content will be included with this versions upcoming release on launch. So there will be no need for fans to download post-release DLC at this time,.
“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.”
For a bit of background on the DLC “Blood Ties,” Square Enix has released a bit of background about the new story more, which takes place in the famed Croft Manor. In this new story mode, Lara Croft must fight against a zombie invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare”. This story gets underway with Lara’s uncle contesting for ownership of the Manor, and forces Lara to explore the estate in order to find the proof that she is the rightful heir. As she fights for the proof of the mansion, players must fight swarms of zombies as she attempts to hold onto her birthright and father’s secrets for good. Want to replay the mission to find all the secrets? You can re-test Lara’s zombie-killing skills in the “Lara’s Nightmare” mode, which forces her to fight her way through the haunted Croft manor in order to rid it of the evil presence holding onto it. This can all be done in support with the PlayStation VR so that players can explore and 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.”
With all the new content, Square Enix has also announced that the game will come with a first-time experience for the franchise: a new online co-op expansion. The Endurance Mode will allow fans to raid tombs in the games brutal wilderness together.This mode will allow two players to team up in order to survive the harsh elements by day while fighting off against enemies by night. Players will gather fuel for fire, food to restore health, and even more as all resources will be hunted, collected, and or crafted. All of this will be recorded on the leaderboards for players to show off their longest survival run.
Additionally, in partnership with long-time partner Nixxes Software, the development team also created a numerous about of new additions in order to celebrate Tomb Raider over the years. This includes a re-envisioned version of Lara’s cold-weather outfit and the Hailstorm pistol from “Tomb Raider III”. Also, classic character models of Lara will be available for play when the game launches, including classic Lara from 1996. With the request of fans, the game will have an “Extreme Survivor” setting, which causes the game to get even more difficult, brutal, and will test players with their skills as all checkpoints will be removed from the game. This means saving is only available for those with campfires being lit – if you have the resources.
Square Enix, in order to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Lara Croft, has also announced a new “Scavenger Hunt Promotion” that will launch and allow fans to use their wits and skill to obtain some awesome prices. The Scavenger Hunt is a website for PC and Mobil, which allows fans to enjoy a photo, trivia, and social media challenges every week. Accomplishing these will allow fans to earn points to unlock in Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Expedition Cards. Players can also earn sweepstake entries for prices such as ATV’s, Rise of the Tomb Raider skinned PS4 consoles, and an epic grand prize that’ll take fans to the Artic for an adventure. Players can Pre-order today exclusively at GameStop’s int he United States and 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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