Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition Announced for Xbox One

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When Rise of the Tomb Raider launches later this year, it will be one of the grandest adventures that Lara Croft has ever embarked on. After the horrific events on the island of Yamatai, this time around, the British adventurer is headed to Siberia to uncover the lost city of ‘Kitezh’. Not only is developer Crystal Dynamics doubling down on tombs but Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s explorable areas will around three times as large as those in Tomb Raider (2013).

While this info alone could make the game a must-buy for Lara Croft fans, publisher Square Enix is really intent on getting fans to go giddy, having now announced the Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition for Xbox One. Read the full list of what it includes, after the break.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: Square Enix Knew Xbox Exclusivity Would ‘Disappoint’ Fans

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. After Tomb Raider (2013)‘s fantastic (but flawed) reboot of Lara Croft’s epic, globetrotting adventures, fans were ecstatic when it was announced that a sequel would be released in 2015.

But right after that initial excitement came a huge announcement that upset many fans, and even caused some irate players to threaten to boycott the game; Rise of the Tomb Raider would be an Xbox exclusive. Publisher Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics did explain that it was only a timed exclusive on Xbox 360 and Xbox One (meaning that it would eventually be out on PC and PS4 at a later date) but some fans were still unhappy.

Last week, however, Square Enix revealed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016. And following that release date announcement, Square Enix Americas CEO Phil Rogers, has revealed that the company knew that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s Xbox exclusivity would disappoint fans.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Coming to PC and PS4 in 2016

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is easily one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. In Lara Croft’s new adventure she’ll be heading to Siberia, looking for the secret of immortality. There will be supernatural animal guardians, a sinister organisation (named Trinity) most importantly, it will have even more tombs to raid than Tomb Raider (2013).

It’s just a shame then, that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s most exciting bits have been greatly overshadowed by the fact that it will be exclusive to Xbox 360 and Xbox One when it launches later this year. PC and PlayStation fans were angry as they have supported Tomb Raider for many years – good news then, that Square Enix has just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016.

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E3 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider Gameplay Trailer, Release Date

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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.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Gets New Cinematic Trailer

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Rise of the Tomb Raider has been a very much talked about game since it was announced at E3 last year. But the game, which stars Lara Croft as she recovers from the traumatic events on Yamatai in Tomb Raider (2013), hasn’t necessarily been talked about for the right reasons. Instead, much of the conversation surrounding the game has regarded the timed exclusivity deal with Microsoft in which Rise of the Tomb Raider will only be available on Xbox One for a certain amount of time.

Because of that, most of Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s gameplay and story aspects have been swept under the rug, such as the fact that there will be supernatural ‘guardian’ creatures which Lara will have to defeat before she gets into tombs. But in this new Rise of the Tomb Raider cinematic, that exclusivity deal will be the very last thing on your mind.

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MMORPG ‘Dragon of Legends’ Joins Square Enix Collective

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The Square Enix Collective is a pretty handy way for developers to get feedback and marketing support for their game and to find out if people would put pledges towards a crowdfunding campaign. A good many games have signed up already including 4X space game Halcyon 6 and horror mystery game Tokyo Dark. The latest game to join them is MMORPG Dragon of Legends, which is in development at Thrive Games.

Dragon of Legends focuses on two alliances vying to take control of a region called Hávamál, while an evil force tries to destroy them. We’ll be able to choose our faction and whether we’ll let the world burn or protect Hávamál with our lives and, in typical MMORPG fashion, we’ll embark on a “mystery, danger, and countless adventure”. Find out more after the break.

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Classic Game Remakes: Great Reminders of the Past or Shackles of the Future?

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In the last decade, the games industry as we know it has changed drastically. Thanks to massive technology improvements, the smartphones of today are as powerful (if not more) than the computers of five years ago, our PS4s and Xbox Ones are approximately 15 times more powerful than their predecessors and the rise of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have allowed even the wackiest games to get made.

And in turn, this has given us access to bolder and better looking games as well as games that would never be funded by a publisher. It also means that we are now seeing a lot of classic game remakes as developers realise that it’s been just long enough without [insert classic game franchise] that it’s time to revive it. But is this a good thing? And is the remake revolution harming the games industry of the future?

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Tokyo Dark Launches Kickstarter, Hits Goal In 14 Hours

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Side-scrolling mystery Tokyo Dark could be the most sinister thing you play all year. In the upcoming game from Cherrymochi, a developer based in Tokyo, we play as Detective Itō, a woman on the hunt for her missing partner. The spook factor is thanks to the game’s lore, as Tokyo Dark is based around a Japanese urban legend that there is a hidden door beneath Tokyo’s streets and if you enter it, you’ll disappear forever.

We can expect some supernatural elements in this one, along with some heavy topics like child idols, sexism, suicide, nationalism and mental health concerns as the people around Detective Itō start to think that she’s going insane. Tokyo Dark is a huge risk then, but it’s one that’s paying off as the game has quickly passed its goal on Kickstarter.

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Sci-Fi Survival Game ‘Halcyon 6’ Reaches Kickstarter Goal In Under 48 Hours

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The humans in Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander are a brave lot. When a Mean and Nasty alien race threatens to come knocking on Earth’s door, they don’t cower under a desk and cross their fingers really hard (as I would, if I’m honest), they hightail it to an “ancient, derelict space station” called Halcyon 6 in an attempt to “harness its mysterious power”.

As you’d expect, they’re the only ones in the entire galaxy who can save the world! We’ve heard that story more than enough times before but with alien battling, crew management, resource gathering and exploration, the game’s familiar plot is backed up by (what will surely be) some highly addictive gameplay. Halcyon 6 has just blitzed through its Kickstarter goal and you can find out more after the break.

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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition PS4 Gameplay Footage Punches, Zooms Its Way Online

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Remember a few months ago when Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition was announced? And Square Enix revealed that Detective Wei Shen would be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in all of his face mashing, sometimes-law abiding, pork bun scoffing glory? After a so-so 101 trailer that told new fans or returning players everything we needed to know about the console leap, Square Enix is actually proving those claims of updated visuals and bigger crowds having now released several Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition PS4 gameplay videos to show off how the game looks on Sony’s new machine. Watch them after the break.

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