Two years have passed since Crystal Dynamics redefined the Tomb Raider franchise with a fantastic reboot. The 2013 Game of the Year contender has since made its way to the new console generation to keep gamers entertained until the sequel arrives. The current-gen port didn’t bring much new to the table, but it still offered the same engaging and cinematic experience that players loved the first time around and broke plenty of sales records. Gamers who completed Tomb Raider saw Lara Croft’s full transformation from young scholar to the action hero we all know and have likely been anxiously awaiting the return of the hero since we last saw her pick up that second pistol.
As promised by the official Facebook page, new details about the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, have arrived right on time. Sony unveiled the Aim Higher trailer this morning and offered some details about plans to give gamers a closer look at the upcoming Microsoft timed exclusive title.
According to the press release (and as many already predicted), gamers can expect to see the first glimpse of real gameplay footage during Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2015. The press release also included the first look at the box art for Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The trailer and the box art definitely make it clear that players will find Lara in a very different climate this time around. The reboot stranded the hero on a tropical island inhabited by psychopathic cultists, but this time around it appears that Lara will be climbing mountains and exploring tombs and caves in a much colder setting. We knew that Lara would be in a colder climate this time around, but this is the first time since the trailer preview that gamers have had a chance to see it in action.
The trailer doesn’t show anyone aside from the protagonist, so we don’t have any idea what kind of adversary the explorer will be up against this time, but we do know that wildlife will play a big role again. Some consumers may be disappointed that the game won’t be more of a globe-trotting adventure, but based on the success of the previous game, it seems like the safe play for Crystal Dynamics to stick to a singular location The first game had a great mix of being mostly linear, but still feeling like an open-world experience, so if the team can recreate that experience and offer a bigger map to explore and hunt down secrets on, then gamers will likely be on-board.
What did you think of the trailer? How do you feel about the change in setting? Let us know in the comments.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is due for release later this year as a timed exclusive for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.