As we're all well aware at this stage, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed exclusive title for the XBOX One and Xbox 360. PCs and the PS4 may eventually be able to join in on Lara Croft's latest adventure, though we're sure that this will be a while away from its 2015 release date.
2013's Tomb Raider was a serious success for both Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics. As a recent report outlined, the blockbuster hit has sold over 8.5 million units, and that serious accomplishment has made it the most successful title in the franchise's history. Tomb Raider had so many great attributes, though naturally we hope that a greater emphasis on puzzles and actual tomb raiding is considered for Rise of the Tomb Raider. But what about the return of Tomb Raider's multiplayer mode on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and eventually PC and the PS4?
Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft & the Return of Multiplayer
Everything that Crystal Dynamics set out to achieve with Tomb Raider in 2013, felt like it was extremely well realised by the devoted team behind the game. However, when it came to the multiplayer aspect, one could feel how pressured the developers may have been to include it by Square Enix. It can be passable and a little bit of fun for a short while, but it's most certainly a tacked-on and superfluous addition.
However, that being said, the idea of running around with bows in different factions caught the eye of a few players out there. Yes of course, the system needed a lot of work and greater variety, but that's not to say that the multiplayer mode would harm Rise of the Tomb Raider if a better version of it was to return. I for one didn't play Tomb Raider's multiplayer aside from one sitting and it had no impact on my experience with Lara Croft's fantastic singleplayer experience.
Therefore, would you like to see Rise of the Tomb Raider get a multiplayer mode on its release date? After which series could it model its presentation? A lot of people often draw comparisons between Tomb Raider and Naughty Dog's Uncharted series. If it were to be as good as Uncharted 3's multiplayer, would you like to see it feature in Rise of the Tomb Raider?
Naturally, in this hypothetical situation, the multiplayer won't impact upon the singleplayer experience and Lara Croft. Though I believe that the previous title's multiplayer mode impacted upon the release date of Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider, pushing it forward for quite a while. I'd hate to see Rise of the Tomb Raider pushed into 2016 for a lacklustre multiplayer mode, but we shall have to wait and see what the future holds!
Rise of the Tomb Raider is slated for a 2015 release date on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. A PS4 and PC version may follow one day, but until then, Lara Croft will enjoy her time in the sun once more on Microsoft's consoles!