Hi everyone! We just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will launch on PlayStation 4 on 11th October 2016. We are thrilled to share this news with you.
When we were planning the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, our very first imperative was to out-do anything we’d done before; such as our definitive editions. A mere “Game of the Year” wouldn’t satisfy us or our fans. We knew that the PlayStation community both deserved and demanded more than that. So we’re working with our long-time partner Nixxes Software to make this release truly special.
First, whenever we ask you what DLC you’re interested in, “new story” is number one on the wish list. Talking it over with our Franchise Creative Director, Noah Hughes, he immediately turned to a franchise favorite, Croft Manor.
While shown previously only in cut-scenes in the campaign of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the Manor represents more than just a place. It is Lara’s legacy, and in our new telling her birthright as well as a connection to her past. It’s an incredibly important part of her story and the franchise, and like many of you we have fond memories of it from the classic games. So we’re excited to introduce the all-new “Blood Ties” chapter, which will let you explore Croft Manor and unlock its mysteries in a new story mode; then defend it against an undead invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare”.
The Manor also offered a great opportunity for us to investigate the possibilities with cutting edge VR technology. So for the first time in franchise history, you’ll be able to play “Blood Ties” in first-person through Lara’s eyes!
Next, we’re adding a new online co-op expansion to Endurance mode. You and a friend can team up to raid tombs and battle for the longest survival run to stay at the top of the leaderboards.
To celebrate Tomb Raider releases through the years, you can outfit Lara with a re-envisioned version of the cold-weather outfit and the Hailstorm pistol that was featured in Tomb Raider III. In addition, a special card pack will allow you to replay the main story with five classic Lara models. You won’t believe your eyes when you see the original low-poly Lara model in glorious high fidelity Rise of the Tomb Raider cut-scenes.
For our hardcore fans, we’ve added a brutal new “Extreme Survivor” setting, which increases the difficulty and strips out all of the checkpoints. The only way to save your game is to forage enough resources to light campfires and survive from one to the next!
Finally, along with Endurance mode, all previously released DLC will be included, such as the three hour story addition Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, and the Cold Darkness Awakened pack which forces you to combat waves of infected predators. Not to mention all of the outfits, all of the weapons, and a tonne of Expedition Cards. You receive everything in one package!
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate with all Tomb Raider fans, and to thank you for being on Lara’s 20 year journey with us. We’re excited to share more details on the new content in the coming months as we gear up for the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration on 11th October!
See you online in Endurance mode!