Rise of the Tomb Raider was a huge coup for Microsoft when it was revealed that the Square Enix-published title would be available as a timed exclusive for the Xbox One. As such, it was no surprise when it was revealed that the title, which is a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Tomb Raider reboot, would feature during Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference. Many fans of the Tomb Raider series were hoping to get a first look at gameplay footage for the highly-anticipated title.
Thankfully, gamers were not to be disappointed, as the conference included a six-minute look at the game in action. Giving would-be players an initial glimpse at how Rise of the Tomb Raider runs, the gameplay video showed Lara and fellow adventurer Jonah travelling through the dangerous terrain of a snow-covered mountain. As the cliff face begins to fall apart, Lara must struggle to escape – and survive.
Escaping from the avalanche and mountainous debris by the skin of her teeth, viewers are then greeted by a number of teasing scenes. Lara is seen taken to a dingy jail, before escaping into jungle ruins following a mysterious marker. With every moment looking like a real struggle for survival, in the face of dangerous animals, villainous human enemies and the environment itself, it seems as though Rise of the Tomb Raider is going to continue the intensity of the initial reboot title.
That was not the only news released about Rise of the Tomb Raider, either. The E3 gameplay trailer also revealed that the game is going to see a holiday 2015 release for the Xbox One, or more specifically on November 10, 2015. This pushes the game’s release date forward three days from the previously-leaked date, which expected the title to be set to launch on November 13.
The gameplay trailer shown at this year’s press conference followed on from the previously-released teaser trailer for the Crystal Dynamics-developed title, which also showcased a wintery location. Nonetheless, it seems as though Rise of the Tomb Raider is going to take place in a number of varied locations – no doubt each more dangerous than the last.
It remains to be seen just whether Rise of the Tomb Raider will continue the successes of the previous game in the franchise. The initial reboot was a huge critical success, and although sales were initially slow, the title ended up being the bestselling game in the Tomb Raider series. Given all the signs so far, it looks as though Rise of the Tomb Raider is going to be an extremely polished action-adventure title.
What do you make of the gameplay trailer? Does Rise of the Tomb Raider look set to be even more of a triumph than its predecessor? Or do you think the title could have had more success if it was set to hit a wider variety of platforms at launch? Let us know in the comments below!