Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 year Celebration was announced yesterday for the PS4 and is set to arrive on October 11 2016.
The once upon a time Xbox One and PC exclusive is finally coming to the Ps4 and is bring along with it a whole bunch of extra content to make it worthwhile to Sony fans who didn’t get to experience it with Xbox and pc players when Rise of Tomb Raider was originally released about a year ago on those respective platforms, plus the user base of the ps4 needed to justify the 60$ price tag.
The 20 year Celebration will include the Rise of the Tomb Raider, a new story chapter called “Blood ties”, co-op play for “Endurance mode” all previously released DLC plus more. The Artbook Edition will also include a 28 page book showcasing official concept art and community contributions.
“Blood Ties” is new premium DLC, and will allow players to explore Croft Manor in the main 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.
In addition, for the first time in a Tomb Raider game, 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.
“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.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (PS4) includes:
- 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 byTomb 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
“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.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is the most comprehensive edition to date and will be available for the PlayStation 4 on October 11 worldwide. Existing Season Pass holders on Xbox One and PC will receive the “Blood Ties” upgrade for free.
This 20 year celebration edition sure does justify the year long wait ps4 owners have had to do ever since Rise of the Tomb Raider was released on Xbox One and PC, plus it seems there are already comparisons being made over the fact that the box art for Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 year Celebration looks eerily similar to the box art for the Nathan Drake Collection on Ps4. Coincidence? Maybe maybe not but the reboot for Tomb Raider borrowed heavily from the Uncharted franchise and the original Uncharted was inspired by Tomb Raider so it all evens out in the end.