PS4 faithfuls, the wait is over. On October 11, you can play Rise of the Tomb Raider in a new 20 Year Celebration edition. This version will also include “a completely new story chapter entitled Blood Ties.”
In addition, there will be a new co-op mode in Endurance, PlayStation VR in Blood Ties, all the DLC up to the release date, new outfits, weapons, and Expedition Cards. A limited edition art book will also be included in the “Artbook Edition” of the game.
If you already own the season pass on Xbox One or PC, you’ll get all the new content for free. However, there is no VR support. The season pass will be updated to reflect this.
[Crystal Dynamics] 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 the studio. “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.
According to a press release received from Square Enix, PS VR support will “unlock the mysteries of Croft Manor in first-person, while the new co-op Endurance mode lets fans team-up in the wilderness.”
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.
In keeping with the subtitle, a re-envisioned version of the cold weather outfit and Hailstorm pistol Lara used in Tomb Raider III will be available in the aforementioned mode. A card pack that’s included will let players play as various versions of Lara, including the original model used in her debut game.
For all the sadists out there, the game will include the Extreme Survivor difficulty:”This new difficulty level takes the toughness of Survivor and ratchets it up several notches starting with all checkpoints being stripped out of the game. The only way to save the game is forage enough resources to light campfires.”
Check out the image below for what you get.
My Take: This is pretty cool. There was honestly no better way to do this, in my mind. Sure, the PS VR exclusive Blood Ties not having HTC Vive or Oculus Rift support is a bit of a bummer, but it’s nothing that “you have to play in VR”, from my understanding.
As an Xbox One owner, I’m looking forward to playing this on PS4 and maybe even PS VR when the 20 Year Celebration launches October 11.