Square Enix finally let the cat out of the bag regarding when Rise of the Tomb Raider would be released on PS4. We have a date and it’s part of the 20 year celebration of 10/11 and will feature an entirely new chapter that also includes VR support on PS4.
Current Rise of the Tomb Raider season pass holders on Xbox One and PC will receive this new content for free. The season pass will be updated to include this content going forward. A season pass does not exist for PS4 as all the extra content is included in the new version of the game. Below is the official press release:
“Crystal Dynamics 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 the studio. “The team has packed in surprises, new story, and the top-requested special features into this 20 Year Celebration edition.
“Blood Ties, a new premium DLC, beckons players to explore Croft Manor in a new story mode; then defend 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.”
According to a press release, the PlayStation VR support lets players “unlock the mysteries of Croft Manor in first-person, while the new co-op Endurance mode lets fans team-up in the wilderness.
“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.”
To celebrate the history of Tomb Raider, a re-envisoned version of the cold-weather outfit and the Hailstorm pistol Lara used in Tomb Raider 3 will be available in the mode. A classic Lara card pack will let players play as various iterations of the character from over the years, including the original Lara model that started it all in 1996.
Finally, the game will have a new Extreme Survivor difficulty: “This new difficulty level takes the toughness of Survivor and ratchets it up several notches starting with all checkpoints being stripped out of the game. The only way to save the game is forage enough resources to light campfires.”