As previously reported, according to a GameStop website leak, the release date for Rise of the Tomb Raider was expected to be on October 11. Square Enix have officially acknowledged that release date earlier today.
Along with the confirmation, the studio have also released further details. The PlayStation 4 will receive Rise of the Tomb Raider in a new 20 Year Celebration Edition. This version of the game will include a new chapter titled ‘Blood Ties’, which will obviously be free for Xbox One and PC players, provided they are in possession of a season pass. PS4 players will not need a season pass, as extra content is included in the new version of the game.
The 20 Year Celebration Edition will also include all previously released DLC, new weapons, outfits, expedition cards, and new co-op Endurance gameplay. PlayStation VR support will also be available for the ‘Blood Ties’ chapter, and finally, the newest version will come with a limited edition art book.
Here’s an infographic detailing everything included in the Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Edition:
What’s more, a classic Lara card pack will also be included, which will allow players to take control of the various renditions Lara Croft has appeared in over the years.
Co-head of Square Enix, Scot Amos says:
“Crystal Dynamics is celebrating with all Tomb Raider fans, thanking them for being on Lara’s 20 year journey with us. 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.”
The cover art for Rise of the Tomb Raider has also been released, which draws astounding similarities and inspiration from the cover art for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, the likes of which Neil Druckmann, Creative Director of Naughty Dog, acknowledged.
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