MCV looks at the next-gen update of last year's classic Tomb Raider reboot.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition comes to stores on January 31st.
Last year’s Tomb Raider reboot was a colossal success, receiving critical acclaim and fantastic sales.
For those not lucky enough to play the title last year, Tomb Raider tells the story of a younger Lara shipwrecked on the remote island of Yamatai while looking for the remains of an ancient kingdom. She and her crew must try and escape the island, and the mysterious tribe that inhabits it.
Now the title is getting a next- gen makeover, with improved graphics and an entirely rebuilt world. Lara has an all-new ‘obsessively detailed’ character model that makes the most of the new hardware with realistic hair and new effects to make the sweat, blood and mud more true to life.
Debuting amidst a barren start to the year, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is the only next-gen title to launch this month.
The reworked version of this modern classic also comes with all the original’s DLC including the bonus Tomb of the Lost Adventurer, eight multiplayer maps, six weapons and four characters for use in multiplayer.
Other new features make use of the next-gen hardware’s extra features. On Xbox One, players can use Kinect voice commands to modify weapons, while on the PS4, the controller lights up when using a torch.
Tomb Raider started life in 1996 on Sony’s original PlayStation and told the story of archaeologist Lara Croft in her bid to track down mysterious artifacts.
Core Design’s title sold over 5m copies, and since then there have been nine other entries selling over 33m units.
Core Design was replaced by Crystal Dynamics in 2006 following the poor sales of sequel Angel of Darkness. The game was originally set to be the first part in a trilogy, but this was never finished. Crystal Dynamics has handled the series ever since, including the remake of the original game called Tomb Raider Anniversary.
There have also been two films based on the Tomb Raider series, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Cradle of Life, starting Angelina Jolie. However, both were panned. An untitled third film is currently in the works.
In order to promote the updated title, Square Enix is rolling out an exclusively online marketing campaign. The publisher will be promoting the game over Facebook and other social media outlets to target existing fans of the series.
Square is also promoting the Definitive Edition with YouTube pre-roll video, as well as staging site takeovers of leading video game websites.
This is in addition to the promotion the title will be recieving across both XBLA and PSN.
The Tomb Raider series has been loved by gamers for over 15 years and we’re really excited at the hard work done by Crystal Dynamics to rebuild the title for the PS4 and Xbox One.
The new consoles have allowed the team to create an obsessively detailed Lara and a stunningly lifelike world in this hard hitting action-adventure title.
We’re expecting good things from retail. The new consoles are performing really well and releasing the title at the end of January is perfect as gamers will be looking for the next great title to add to their collection.
Everything in the world has been enhanced for added depth and realism and this is Lara Croft in unprecedented high definition detail.
Native 1080p gameplay truly showcases the beauty of Yamatai and it’s great to be able to bring this iconic franchise to the next generation of gaming.
A special edition pre-order SKU of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is available to buy at all retail outlets.
The package comes in an exclusive artbook case, and includes a Limited Edition artbook, which contains never before seen concept art. In addition, the SKU comes with the game’s soundtrack.
This is alongside the extra content available in the standard SKU, which includes a digital mini- art book and prequel comic book called The Beginning, in addition to all the DLC available from the original game.