Many people have heard the terrifying tale of the Baba Yaga. In Slavic folklore, the Baba Yaga (who is often depicted as an old woman) flies around in a mortar and wields a pestle like a sword. Witchy and supernatural, the fictional character is known for having iron teeth and for kidnapping children.
While the story is often told to children to scare the living daylights out of them, in Rise of the Tomb Raider it’s being used as the basis for some creepy DLC. Called Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, the extra gameplay mission will be available for Rise of the Tomb Raider players early next year. A new trailer for the DLC debuted at The Game Awards 2015 and you can watch it after the break.
Rise of the Tomb Raider, Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch
Microsoft’s official description or RotTR‘s Baba Yaga DLC is as follows:
“Featuring hours of new gameplay, Baba Yaga expands the story of the main campaign with Lara facing deadly new adversaries, exploring a new puzzle filled tomb, and solving a decades old mystery, all culminating in a showdown with an ancient and mythic evil.”
Given that the game’s developer previously explained that Rise of the Tomb Raider will make up for Tomb Raider (2013)‘s small amount of tombs, plenty will welcome any new tomb-y additions to the Lara Croft title.
Others, though, have called for Crystal Dynamics to make a full game out of this sort of setting. Lara Croft’s adventures have always had some sort of supernatural element to them, say fans (Rise of the Tomb Raider is focused on the search for immortality) and so something that explores the Baba Yaga or similar lore would be greatly welcomed.
Unfortunately, while that sounds like a good idea, it’s currently unclear whether or not Rise of the Tomb Raider will get a sequel. Although Microsoft and Square Enix are ‘very happy’ with the game, some reports suggest that sales haven’t been too positive, mostly due to the fact that the game was released the same week as Fallout 4. Watch this space though, as we’ll keep you posted.