PlayStation 4 fans finally have a date for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix are dubbing it the 20 Year Celebration edition with an October 11 release date.
“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.”
One of these “special features” is PlayStation VR support. Here’s how the developer describes it:
Support for PlayStation VR that challenges players to unlock the mysteries of Croft Manor in first person.
The Croft Manor is a piece of the new Blood Ties DLC. You’ll explore Croft Manor in the main story mode and then defend it against a zombie invasion. Why zombies? C’mon, developers can’t help themselves these days.
It doesn’t sound like Crystal Dynamics is going all-in with VR just yet. And I can’t say I blame them. PlayStation VR has the potential to be good, but only games specifically designed for it will be able to show off its full potential. Still, it’s cool Crystal Dynamics is giving us this much. They could have easily just brought the game over to PS4 with the existing DLC and called it a day.
PlayStation VR isn’t the only new addition to the PlayStation 4 version. Here’s what else is coming.
– Award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider – Brutal new “Extreme Survivor” difficulty mode (no checkpoints) – “Blood Ties” & “Lara’s Nightmare” premium DLC – Co-op support for “Endurance Mode”, challenging players to survive extreme conditions with a friend – Re-envisioned cold-weather outfit and weapon for Lara inspired by Tomb Raider III – Classic Lara card pack which will allow fans to play “Expedition Modes” using one of several classic Lara models – All existing DLC including “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch” and “Cold Darkness Awakened”, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, 35 Expedition Cards, and more – Support for PlayStation VR that challenges players to unlock the mysteries of Croft Manor in first person
Man, that co-op support sounds great – but it’s also such a tease.
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.
If Crystal Dynamics does another Tomb Raider, I hope they push heavier into co-op. Maybe even a map creator for the community to make their own tombs. Raiding tombs is what sells me on Tomb Raider. Not running around shooting bad guys and whatever mystical enemy Lara stumbles into.
Give us map creators like DOOM’s SnapMap or Halo 5’s Forge mode. Or, something even more complex. Imagine firing up Rise of the Tomb Raider today and knowing there are thousands of new tombs you could play. Hell, I’d probably never stop playing.
As for the new ‘Blood Ties’ DLC? Xbox One and PC season pass owners will receive it for free.