Although most will admit that Crystal Dynamics’ original pitch for Tomb Raider didn’t do much to inspire excitement, that certainly changed once gamers actually played the game. The reboot may have reimagined Lara Croft in a modern context, but it’s strong storytelling, solid gameplay, and gorgeous design helped Tomb Raider earn plenty of Game of the Year considerations.
As a result, Rise of the Tomb Raider enters the fray with anticipation firmly locked in the positive position. Gamers want to see and know more about the game, even if the Xbox exclusivity is somewhat of a bummer.
It’s good, then, that Game Informer has secured a cover story exclusive for Rise of the Tomb Raider so that gamers can start to uncover more about the game. The promotional tour is on for Crystal Dynamics’ highly anticipated sequel and it begins with a few story and gameplay details.
Following the events of Tomb Raider, Rise will see Lara on the hunt for a mythical city called Kitezh, which may hold the secret to immortality. Kitzeh also represents a change of scenery for Croft, as she trades the seaside jungle for the frozen tundra of Siberia.
But more than just a new locale, Rise of the Tomb Raider will offer players new survival gear to work with and larger tomb puzzles to solve. While the first game in the reboot series may have been titled Tomb Raider, the actual raiding of tombs and puzzle solving was kept to a minimum. For Rise of the Tomb Raider, however, Crystal Dynamics promised to get back to the series' roots, or at least deliver more of the familiar gameplay fans expect.
Alongside a new story, new setting, and new gameplay, Rise of the Tomb Raider will also put Lara up against some new foes, including a secret society that has been lying in wait. However, if the cover is any indication this mysterious society won’t be the only enemies Ms. Croft will encounter along the way. Yes, she’s battling wildlife and not the friendly kind
So far, it appears that Crystal Dynamics is ready to build on the success of Tomb Raider while also taking fan feedback into account. Fans wanted more tombs and so CD is looking to deliver more tombs, albeit with a major change of scenery. Look for more details on Rise of the Tomb Raider as the month goes on.
What are your hopes for Rise of the Tomb Raider? Do you like Crystal Dynamics’ approach to the sequel?
Rise of the Tomb Raider is slated to release later this year for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer