Tomb Raider (2013) was a great game but it certainly wasn’t perfect. Its boss battles left something to be desired and with just a handful of tombs to explore and loot, it was barely befitting of that ‘Tomb Raider‘ title. So with the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, fans have their fingers crossed that developer Crystal Dynamics can do much better.
Up until this point we’ve had no idea of whether or not Rise of the Tomb Raider will be any good as we’ve mostly been fed story details (Lara is forcefully trying to get over what happened on Yamatai) and for several months everybody just argued about the game’s Xbox exclusivity. Thankfully, at Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference Crystal Dynamics had much more to show, so check out the first Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay trailer after the break.
Rise of the Tomb Raider Release Date Gameplay
The first thing you’ll be glad to know is that Crystal Dynamics has heard our complaints and Rise of the Tomb Raider will be doubling down on the actual raiding of tombs. In a press release, the developer has said that “tombs are back, and they’re bigger and better than ever. In “Rise of the Tomb Raider” you’ll explore huge, awe-inspiring ancient spaces littered with deadly traps, solve dramatic environmental puzzles, and decipher ancient texts to reveal crypts as you take on a world filled with secrets to discover.”
As for non-tomb raiding activities, Lara will spend most of the game looking for the Lost City of Kitezh, a place in Siberia that is also known as the ‘Russian Atlantis’. But Lara isn’t the only one looking for Kitezh as a “ruthless organization known as Trinity” is also in on the action and they will stop at nothing to find the city before her, which perhaps explains why that trailer shows Lara in jail. There’s no word on who else (other than Jonah) is joining Lara on this daring expedition either, though it would be nice to see a return of Lara’s best friend Sam, given that she is a fan favourite who played such a big role in Tomb Raider (2013).
Crystal Dynamics says that we can expect to traverse the environment in new ways as in addition to icy cliff faces, we’ll be able to scale trees and go underwater to “avoid or takedown enemies”. Hunting and crafting also make a return in Rise of the Tomb Raider, as we’ll be able to hunt animals and “scavenge for rare resources in densely populated ecosystems”, before using the gathered materials to upgrade and configure our weapons and ammo, and we can even make explosives too.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on November 10, 2015 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The game is a timed Xbox exclusive and may be released on PC and PS4 at some point in the future.