While the prior iteration of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider reboot was originally a financial failure, sales eventually picked up and moved enough units to become the best-selling game of the Tomb Raider franchise. Square Enix is no doubt hoping to replicate this success with the game’s sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Gameplay footage and a new trailer shown at the Xbox E3 2015 conference have shown the emotional scarring that resulted from Lara Croft’s last adventure. A new behind-the-scenes video released at Square Enix’s E3 2015 presentation has revealed more details on what Lara will experience, and the detail Crystal Dynamics has brought to her character and environment.
Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s new development video, seen above, demonstrates that Lara’s new adventure won’t be any easier on her than the one that left her emotionally fractured. Lara’s new experience will take her through snow, high climbs, imprisonment, and Crystal Dynamics has applied painstaking detail to her character model to demonstrate these hardships.
Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s behind-the-scenes development video showed off the immense detail to Lara’s character model, and how she’ll react to her environment. They demonstrated snow building up on her parka, as well as her clothes and skin becoming soiled with dirt and blood following enemy encounters. Her character model has been upgraded with fine detail, with special attention paid to Lara’s clothes, hair, and even the pores of her skin.
While the development video and trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider was fairly short, the additional details are a welcome addition. In addition to reacting to her environment, it was also announced that Lara will once again be making use of her environment in order to incapacitate enemies, and will be crafting new weaponry, including explosives.
With Rise of the Tomb Raider arriving before the holiday shopping season takes off, it’s reasonable to assume that we’ll be receiving more details regarding the game in the near future. Hopefully, Lara’s mental fortitude has increased to a point where she can withstand the physical torture she’s enduring, as this adventure doesn’t look like it’ll be any easier on her than the first one.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on November 10, 2015, for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and later to PC and PS4.