Gamers will be able to play as the classic Lara Croft in Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration once the game hits the PlayStation 4 on October 11. In addition to including all the content currently available to Xbox One and PC versions of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the edition will also include a new story chapter called “Blood Ties” with PlayStation VR support, a new co-op Endurance mode, more outfits, weapons, Expedition Cards, and a special classic Lara card pack. The card pack will allow fans to replay the game with five classic Lara models from the games over the years, including the original Lara model that started it all in 1996.
All the new content will also be available to Xbox One and PC Season Pass owners at no additional cost, and the existing Season Pass will be updated to include the new content. The new premium DLC, “Blood Ties,” has players exploring Croft Manor in a new story mode before defending 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.
“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.”
A new online co-op expansion will add Endurance mode which allows two players to team up to survive the harsh elements by day and threats from enemies at night. Endurance mode requires you to hunt, collect, or craft every resource that you can as fire will take fuel, and food is required to restore health. A new difficulty level — Extreme Survivor — is also being added. Not only is it more difficult than Survivor difficulty, but the only way to save the game is to find enough resources to light campfires. That’s right, all of the regular checkpoints are being stripped out of the game.
A Limited Edition version of the game will also be available which features a limited edition art book.
What are you looking forward to most about Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration? Are you excited to finally being able to play it on the PlayStation 4, the new Endurance mode, or being able to play with classic Lara Croft skins? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.