To celebrate Rise of the Tomb Raider finally coming to Playstation 4, Square Enix are adding a host of new tweaks, features and modes to really flesch out the experience. Not least of which, an exclusive VR mode.
Releasing October 11th, Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 year Celebration includes a brand new story chapter called Blood Ties which lets players explore the Croft Mansion. Apparently Lara’s uncle wants to contest the ownership of the Manor, so Lara must find clues and proof that she is the rightful heir.
Lara’s mansion can also be explored using Playstation VR, so there’s that as well.
But as if that wasn’t enough, you’ll have to defend the mansion against a zombie invasion in Lara’s Nightmare! This seems similar in style to the Call of Duty Zombie modes.
Then there’s a first for the series – an online co-op expansion for Endurance Mode which lets you quest together to raid tombs, contending against the elements as well as enemies, and a new Extreme Survivor Difficulty mode which doesn’t include checkpoints.
On top of that, you’ll get pre-existing DLC – Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch and Cold Darkness Awakened.
Rise of the Tomb Raider has also had some slight tweaks, and you’ll get some cosmetics such as a new cold-weather outfit and weapon for Lara inspired by Tomb Raider 3, and a classic Lara card pack which lets you play Expedition Modes with a vintage Lara look.
Did I mention that if you log into the game during week one you’ll get 100,000 in-game credits no matter which format you play on and these can be spent on Expedition Card Packs?
There’s even going to be a Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Challenge which pits 12 Internet Icons against each other in a bid to become the ultimate Tomb Raider and raise money for charity.
Basically, this package seems worth checking out even if you already owned the game previously and more than makes up for the overly long exclusivity period!