Microsoft is going all-in in many ways with the arrival of its next console, the Xbox One X. Billed as the “most powerful video game console ever” they’re aiming to prove just how powerful it is with numerous titles on the way. But, some of these games are “enhanced” versions of classics from the Xbox One. Including Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Today, October 11, is the day the console barrier finally falls and everybody can play Rise of the Tomb Raider on their favorite machine. Sony’s European division celebrated the PS4 launch, and Lara’s 20th birthday, in a unique way: by creating a special edition of the game that comes in an authentic PS1 jewel case.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be one of the first games to support the PS4 Pro when it launches on that system next month. Sony’s press event showed off a little footage from the enhanced version, but some more expansive footage has been released by Square.
When the Tomb Raider gaming series was rebooted in 2013, it immediately seemed like Square Enix was onto something. This was the epitome of a classic game series ideally suited to a modern reboot; the action and beauty of the franchise was always destined for what current-gen consoles are capable of.
The official Tomb Raider Youtube channel has put out a new video that takes an in-depth look at Blood Ties, the new chapter that will be available this fall in Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration on PS4, and as DLC on XBox One and PC. It appears an old friend is coming back.
Square-Enix and Crystal Dynamics haven’t announced a new Tomb Raider game yet, but they’re thinking about it. Ian Milham, formerly of development studio Visceral Games, is now joining Crystal D to direct Lara’s next adventure.
Square-Enix’s Rise of the Tomb Raider was released last fall as a timed XBox One exclusive, with the promise that a PC version would eventually exist (it does now) and that a Playstation 4 version would come out in one year. It’s been nine months since then, so we should be hearing about the PS4 version right about…..now. Mark your calendars for October 11!
Research group Superdata released its digital sales report for January 2016 today, and one of the standout figures for the month is how well Rise of the Tomb Raider did the moment it launched on PC. It managed to move over three times as many copies on the platform than it did during the same launch period on XBox One.
Square-Enix released Rise of the Tomb Raider last November for the XBox One, as a temporary exclusive. It was announced then that a bonus DLC chapter would follow it in a few months. That time has come to pass: XBox owners can play Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch starting tomorrow.
According to a report by Gamespot, Microsoft confirmed that the new story expansion for Rise of the Tomb Raider, Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, is set to launch later this month on January 26. The new expansion will feature “hours” of new gameplay content, and it pits Lara Croft against new enemies. Players will also get to explore a new tomb.
It’s not uncommon for developers to leave one studio for another, but it can be when the one they’re leaving just had a successful game under their guidance. Such is the case with Brian Horton of Crystal Dynamics, who has been revealed to have left the studio of which he was game director for the recent Rise of the Tomb Raider.
November traditionally sees plenty of big releases as publishers look to get their products out in time for Christmas. This year is no different, making it most exciting month of the year so far for gamers.