Rise of the Tomb Raider is a confirmed Xbox One and Xbox 360 exclusive for Microsoft, though this does have an unknown timeframe. A release date for the game has still not been released, but the 2nd Tomb Raider in the rebooted series has its story in place!
Seeing as the success, both critically and commercially, was so big for Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix with Tomb Raider, it's no surprise that we'll be revisiting this new kind of Lara Croft once more. Though this time round, we've been promised that this game is going to bring the Tomb back into Tomb Raider!
Lara Croft's 2nd Adventure in Rise of the Tomb Raider
The game has garnered a great deal of controversy after its announcement that PC and Playstation owners would not be getting the opportunity to play this title on their systems. Though the deal isn't forever. Spencer's comments confirm Square Enix, owner of Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics, is free to do whatever it wants with the game and the franchise after the exclusivity deal ends, including releasing it on other platforms.
But the question remains: when is the exclusivity deal at an end? After this one game? If so, maybe we'll see the game rerelease in 2017 or something on the PS4 and PC. Who knows? The first game was so popular that it'd be sad to see it stay an Xbox exclusive. Though Playstation are hitting back with Street Fighter 5 being their own. In any case, let's see what Lara will be up to in Tomb Raider 2!
Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to be based off of the novel, [Tomb Raider](movie:203307): The Ten Thousand Immortals by Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent. The novel has an intriguing plot anyway, and I'm sure that Microsoft are trying to make this the Uncharted of the Xbox One. Can they pull it off?
Croft's best friend, Sam, is dying from a toxic overdose of some kind, and it's up to her to save Sam's life. She hears of an ancient artefact that, legend has it, could heal her friend — and explain the supernatural nature of Yamatai. Croft sets out on a globe-spanning race against time, as well as a shadowy organisation that will stop at nothing to find the relic first.
Sounds like an intriguing plot, let's hope that they can make the combat as engaging as it was previously, especially now that Lara has got her dual wielding pistols back. We're all up for a Tomb Raider title that goes back to the golden days of the franchise, one that focuses on the survival aspect of the original games.
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