Microsoft accidentally details the season pass for Rise of the Tomb Raider, revealing three large expansions to the game as well as some smaller DLC items for those that purchase it.
Fans should have seen this one coming, but just like most big budget games, the upcoming timed-Xbox exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider will have a season pass for DLC content. The existence of the season pass was leaked early by Amazon a few days back, but its contents have now been fully detailed.
Purchasers of the Rise of the Tomb Raider season pass, which will retail for $29.99, can expect three large expansions to the game, as well as a bevy of smaller DLC items. The first large expansion will add an Endurance Mode, though all we know at this point is that the mode will challenge players to “survive in extreme conditions.”
Secondly, there is Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, which will be a brand new tomb to raid, one that houses an “ancient evil.” And finally, Cold Darkness Awakened is the title for the final major DLC update, and it sounds like it will be a traditional Horde Mode. Perhaps the online multiplayer component that Microsoft teased before could be this co-op Horde Mode?
Beyond these three larger expansions, Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s season pass will feature some smaller items as well, including new outfits, weapons, and something Expedition Cards. We’re not exactly sure what Expedition Cards are or what they do, but one theory is that they are a microtransaction based item.
Season passes are certainly nothing new in the gaming industry, but people tend to get irritated when the season pass is detailed well before the game has even released. While many developers and publishers claim that nothing is cut from the development of the core game when creating this content, detailing a season pass this far in advance can make that hard to believe.
That being said, at least the season pass isn’t being announced with no details. As some may recall, when the pricey season pass for Batman: Arkham Knight was announced, Rocksteady wasn’t even telling people what they were buying. This caused quite a stir, and ultimately resulted in Rocksteady detailing the season pass shortly thereafter their announcement
Season pass or not, Rise of the Tomb Raider is definitely shaping up to be a potentially compelling experience, with the recent “Descent Into Legend” trailer teasing a harrowing journey ahead for protagonist Lara Croft. Considering the game is said to be three times bigger than the previous Tomb Raider, fans should be able to get their money’s worth without feeling compelled to drop any additional cash on the season pass.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available on November 10th for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game is also set to launch on PC in early 2016, and PS4 in late 2016.
Source: Game Informer