As we near the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Square Enix is ramping up its promotional train with gameplay trailers to whet people’s appetites. The first trailer came from Gamescom last week, and showed off the familiar upgrade system seen in the Tomb Raider reboot, as well as the various ways Lara can deal with the enemies she’ll encounters throughout the sequel.
Today’s video, however, is a more extended look at Rise of the Tomb Raider, and one of the longest ones yet. Unlike the last trailer, this one takes place in an entirely different location – the Prophet’s Tomb – and features more of the puzzle-solving and tomb exploration fans have requested. In fact, this is the full demo that was only shown to Gamescom Gamescom 2015 attendees, though now Microsoft has decided to release the whole thing for everyone to see.
Clocking in at 13 minutes, the demo shows Lara traveling through Syria, before stumbling into the tomb itself. After she navigates her way through the tomb and overcomes several obstacles (including some dangerous traps), we’re treated to more of the game’s action before things come to a close.
It doesn’t seem like much, but for those that were sorely missing the tomb raiding aspect, or simply wanted more to do between the gunfights, there’s plenty of it to see in the Gamescom demo. Combine that with our own time with the game at E3 2015, though, and it’s probably safe to say that this will be another solid entry in the series. That’s, of course, assuming that what we’ve seen in demos and trailers is representative of the finished product.
The good news is that Lara Croft’s upcoming adventure will be much larger than her previous outing, with the game’s director, Brian Horton, claiming that it’s three times larger than the last game. And similar to the Uncharted series, Tomb Raider 2 won’t have any of those pesky loading screens to interrupt the action once players get started – perfect for those who don’t want to stop once the game really gets going.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to release on November 10, 2015 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Fans were, as expected, displeased with the game’s Xbox-exclusivity, but Square Enix has since confirmed the game is coming to the PC, alongside the news that it won’t come to the PS4 until late 2016. It’s just a matter of being patient, at this point.