PC gamers will not be offered the chance to upgrade their copies of Tomb Raider to the upcoming Definitive Edition version of the game.
Some gamers had hoped that the publisher would repeat the offer it laid out for owners of Deus Ex: Human Revolution on PC in allowing them to upgrade to the Director’s Cut version of the game for a small fee.
However, speaking in an official FAQ the publisher has confirmed this will not be the case.
“Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was designed and rebuilt from the ground up for next-generation consoles,” it said. “At this time a PC update is not planned.”
Xbox 360 and PS3 owners will not be offered a discounted upgrade, either.
“Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is not participating in an upgrade program,” it added. “Save data from current-gen versions of Tomb Raider is not compatible with the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – meaning achievements/trophies, multiplayer ranks, and so forth will not transfer over.”
It did stress, however, that the upgrades in this new release go beyond simply a new lick of paint.
Added the FAQ: “You can see the sweat, mud, and blood on Lara. Her eyes are much more expressive and her hair realistic. We also improved gear movement in Definitive Edition – her axe will sway and necklace will react to movement as Lara traverses the island. The Endurance crew has been spruced up, too.
“As for the island, we’ve added weather and lighting effects, extra vegetation, improved physics, reactive water surfaces, and more. Yamatai is now alive with motion. When Lara stops, the world keeps moving. We didn’t just improve the rain; we reworked it until it felt torrential – like another enemy out to get Lara.”