It seems as if 2015 has officially become the year of the console bundle. In a possible effort to prove which company is more dominant with exclusive content, Sony and Microsoft have recently added a slew of systems to the market that are packaged with games, content, and peripherals. Just last week, thanks to an exclusivity deal between Sony and Activision, a PlayStation 4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 bundle was announced. Then there’s Microsoft’s Xbox One Elite bundle that’s being released with 1 TB of memory and a freshly redesigned Xbox One Elite controller.
Furthermore, a lot of gamers quickly jumped on the Destiny: The Taken King PS4 bundle when it was released a couple of weeks ago, for it contained timed-exclusive content. And, of course, Microsoft will be vying for the hearts of Master Chief fans when the Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One goes on sale in October.
Now, in an attempt to capitalize on their timed-exclusivity rights to Rise of the Tomb Raider, Microsoft has divulged the release of console bundle that incorporates a ton of Lara Croft related content. Today, the tech firm has announced a packaging for Square Enix’s and Crystal Dynamics’ properties that will contain an Xbox One with 1 TB of memory, digital copies of Tomb Raider Definitive Edition and Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as the Tactical Survival Kit pack (consisting of an outfit and weapon skin) for RotTR.
Unlike the systems in several other Xbox One bundles, the console’s design will remain unchanged and is the standard black version. Additionally, the Tomb Raider bundle comes with a price tag of $399, which is exactly the same cost of a 1 TB Xbox One that contains no games. Once it’s available on November 3, 2015 – a week before the official release date of Rise of the Tomb Raider – the package will be purchasable through the Microsoft Store and Best Buy.
Making the Tomb Raider bundle available before the official release of the forthcoming title in the franchise is a strange move on Microsoft‘s part. Perhaps the company won’t make Rise of the Tomb Raider playable and keep all of its content locked until it certifiably drops the next week like it will be doing with the aforementioned Halo 5: Guardians bundle.
Should Microsoft fans be looking for some other solid deals in order to make an upgrade, there’s also the Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition 1 TB Xbox One bundle for $399, as well as the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition 500 GB console package for $349. However, in terms of sheer content in relation to price, it seems as if the Tomb Raider bundle is the best offer thus far.
As previously mentioned, the Xbox One bundle will hit stores on November 3, 2015, a week before Rise of the Tomb Raider releases on November 10, 2015.