This is “The Year of Tomb Raider”, as 2016 marks 20 years since the first Tomb Raider game. The milestone offered the perfect opportunity to build new content celebrating the impact Lara has made on gaming and the entertainment industry. When we first started planning the new downloadable content for the Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass our first thought was of Croft Manor, as it’s such an important part of Lara’s heritage.
Players were able to glimpse Lara’s manor during a cinematic in the main campaign, but will now be able to fully explore Lara’s childhood home as part of the new “Blood Ties” DLC, which features over an hour of new story. In it, Lara must reclaim her legacy and prove that she is the rightful heir in the wake of her father’s death. “Blood Ties” also includes “Lara’s Nightmare” mode in which hordes of the undead overrun her childhood home. Test your zombie-killing skills in this replayable mode, featuring a haunted Croft Manor filled with new challenges as you fight to rid the Manor of an evil presence.
And that’s not all – we’ve expanded “Endurance Mode” to include co-op support that will let you and a friend raid tombs in the harsh wilderness together for the very first time. Two players must team up to survive the harsh elements by day, as well as lethal threats from enemies by night. Fire takes fuel, food restores health, and every resource must be hunted, collected, or crafted. Battle to the top of the leaderboards, as others try to beat your longest survival run. We’ve also added an “Extreme Survivor’ difficulty that will test the most seasoned Tomb Raider players! Checkpoints are confined to basecamps and supplies are limited – only the smart and resourceful will survive. Last but not least, we’ve added five classic Lara Croft skins as well as a reimagined outfit inspired by Tomb Raider III.
All of this content will be added to the Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass on October 11 and players who already own Season Pass receive all of the new content for free. The Season Pass also includes the critically acclaimed single player story expansion, “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch”, as well as “Cold Darkness: Awakened”, where players combat waves of infected predators in the Siberian wilderness.
We think this content is the perfect way to celebrate 20 years of the iconic Lara Croft, and hope you do as well. See you online in co-op Endurance mode!
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