Crystal Dynamic’s – the development studio behind Rise of the Tomb Raider, has responder to comments and questions from fans regarding the debate on exclusivity to Xbox One. Having looked through the posts on several channels they collected the questions that was asked the most and compiled the following below:
What does exclusive to Xbox mean?
It means that Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming Holiday 2015 exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Does the exclusive to Xbox have a duration? Is it timed? How long is the duration? Can we expect a PlayStation 4 or PC release in the future?
Yes, our deal with Microsoft has a duration. We aren’t discussing details of the deal, and are focused on delivering a great game on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Did Crystal Dynamics know about this deal?
Yes, Crystal Dynamics is excited to be partnering with Microsoft to make the best game possible. As Darrell mentioned in his message, we have a long history with Microsoft and they have been a very strong supporter of the franchise. They will help us grow and nurture the Tomb Raider franchise more than ever before.
Were the fans considered when making this decision? Are Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix aware of the franchise history with PlayStation and on PC?
Of course. We did not make this decision lightly. Our goal is to build the best game that we possibly can, and our relationship with Microsoft will help us realize our vision for the game.
Why didn’t Microsoft, Square Enix or Crystal Dynamics say upfront it was a timed exclusive? Why all the indirect language?
We certainly didn’t intend to cause any confusion with the announcement. The Microsoft Gamescom stage was a great place to make the initial announcement, but not necessarily to go into details.
Crystal Dynamics, has today announced Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. The game will launch on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and is the sequel to the last-gen digital hit Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Featuring stunning visuals and a brand-new story, players must work together to explore the temple, defeat hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld, solve devious puzzles, and avoid deadly traps. All the while, players will compete for treasure, powerful artifacts, and ultimate bragging rights.
“After the immensely positive reception we received for our debut co-op adventure Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, we always hoped that we would find the time for Lara to return in another classic AAA digital arcade title,” said Darrell Gallagher, Head of Product Development and Western Studios. “We are excited to expand upon Guardian of Light’s legacy with an entirely new adventure, and challenged ourselves to create fun new ways to play. Four-player co-op in Lara’s world combined with Crystal Dynamics’ high production values are being brought to a new generation of platforms and we are excited for more friends to share in the adventure together.”
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris takes place deep in the deserts of Egypt. In her new adventure, Lara must join forces with rival treasure hunter Carter Bell and imprisoned gods Horus and Isis, to defeat the evil god Set. As Lara and her companions fight the elements of nature across the sands and through ancient tombs, they will battle legendary deities and creatures of myth. With the fate of the world at stake, Lara must recover the fragments of Osiris to stop Set from enslaving all mankind.
Crystal Dynamics, and Square Enix, today announced the next outing in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Tomb Raider series, Rise of the Tomb Raider, which will redefine survival action during sometime in 2015.
In her first adventure, Lara Croft was forged into a true survivor, but she glimpsed a deeper, secret world. In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider.
“With the power of the new generation, and our proprietary Foundation engine, our high octane action moments will be even more epic. Multiple locations around the world will be filled with exploration spaces that are some of the most beautifully hostile places on earth and over three times larger than we could achieve before,” said Darrell Gallagher, Head of Product Development and Western Studios at Square Enix. “Our digital actors will rival CG quality, and after hearing the cry from our fans loud and clear, we will put the tombs back into Tomb Raider, all in our gritty Survival-Action style.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider builds upon the formula that made Tomb Raider a success, and features the return of Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft. Camilla will take character performance to new heights as Lara pushes herself beyond human limits and is confronted with what it means to become a hero. Once again, Crystal Dynamics is proud to have the award-winning author Rhianna Pratchett as a key member of the writing team, helping craft a story that delves into Lara’s inner turmoil and motivations in this critical second act of her journey.
Croft is a Short Film created by a group of friends with a passion for film making. Independently produced their goal was to make a short film that would entertain and showcase their talents and have fun doing it.
A woman will risk everything to save a young girl held hostage in the mountains by a group of mercenaries.
Inspired by the Tomb Raider video games among others, the creators also say they’ve been inspired by some of the great action movies from the 80’s.
During our HUGE Christmas Give-away we asked you to tell us your Game of the Year 2013. We had an absolutely outstanding response to the competition; the votes are in and counted and in reverse order here are the top 5 games as voted for by you.
Released in November 2013 this is an action-adventure video game developed by TT Games and is published by Warner Bros. The game features gameplay similar to other Lego titles, such as Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, alternating between various action-adventure sequences and puzzle-solving scenarios.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a 2013 historical action-adventure open world video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the sixth major instalment in the Assassin’s Creed series, a sequel to 2012’s Assassin’s Creed III’s modern story and a prequel to its historical storyline. It was released worldwide for Xbox 360 on October 29 and on the 22nd November on Xbox One here in the EU.
Although released in late 2012, Black Ops came in second with 12% of the votes. Call of Duty: Black Ops II was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision (Square Enix for Japan). It was released on November 13 for Xbox 360.
Absolutely no surprise what-so-ever was GTA 5 taking the top spot with 29% of the votes. Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 September 2013. It is the fifteenth title in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first main entry since Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008. Grand Theft Auto V was one of the (if not the) most highly anticipated game of 2013.
And here’s the full breakdown of games voted for and their position in our Readers Choice Game of the Year 2013.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will launch for the Xbox One next month. The game will ship in North America on January 28th and in Europe on January 31st 2014.
So, what can you expect aside from the new visual improvements (which will surely resemble the PC edition or better it) and Kinect Voice control for weapon modding! It has been confirmed that you will get the pre-order bonus tomb The Tomb of the Lost Adventurer, plus the game’s multiplayer add-ons that include eight DLC maps, six weapons and four characters.
In addition you will receive six extra Lara outfits, digital copies of the Dark Horse comic Tomb Raider: The Beginning, Brady Games’ art book Tomb Raider: The Art of Survival plus Zachary Levi’s The Final Hours of Tomb Raider documentary series.
I am not overly keen on game to movie adaptations. Do remember watching the $48,000,000 production from Hollywood Pictures of Super Mario Bros.? No, there is a reason for that, it was rubbish. It was slammed by the critics and lost a shed load of cash.
But granted, there have been some OK’ish game to movie projects. The Resident Evil franchise (removing my bias against the films) has been extremely successful over the years. Silent Hill, Max Payne, Hitman and Tomb Raider have all experienced degrees of success. A handful of these movies even launching the careers of new actors and actresses.
However I can almost guarantee this particular movie will make its money back on box sales thanks to the success of the Fast & Furious franchise. Orange Wednesday’s down your local theatre are likely to be filled with 20 something males and their reluctant girlfriends… oh the joy!
Phil Rogers, CEO for Square Enix in the Americas and Europe for the studio and publishing businesses took to the Square Enix blog to confirm a nice little surprise. Starting off with an introduction into how the videogame business is changing, how the businesses are evolving and then “Bang!” he dropped the money shot!
“Square Enix is in production with a number of next generation projects, including Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which were announced at this year’s E3, and Thief coming in 2014. I am also excited to reveal that we are well into development on a next-generation Tomb Raider sequel – something you may have heard about recently!
In the future, we’ll offer gamers more choice, support more platforms and try new things – but we will make sure that whatever the platform, we’ll always keep our focus on raising the quality bar. We feel that is what gamers should expect from a Square Enix game.”
Tomb Raider is a gamers eye-candy in that I have not been this impressed with a game visually since the release of The Witcher 2 last year. Every scene is depicted in vast detail that portrays the essence of the story as you play along. Each part of the island from the snowy mountains, the shanty towns, the beaches, tombs, and undiscovered forests all strike a graphic portrayal of a lost island as exactly as you would imagine it to be. It is a very polished game with exceptional detail on every wall, corner, building, character and environmental element in a destructive yet magical land. Because Tomb Raider plays the part, looks the part you just can’t put it down for a minute and when you do – all you can think about is your next instalment of the adventure!
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Square Enix has dropped the latest Tomb Raider multiplayer map pack, available now on Xbox LIVE – “Shipwrecked”. The Shipwrecked Map Pack features two new multiplayer levels, and whilst single player was the single-most-enjoyable part of the game – if you’re hoping for more campaign content it’s not happening!
If you enjoy the online shoot-outs – here’s what you can enjoy:
Lost Fleet – A massive beached ship serves as a dangerous battleground filled with twists, turns, and traps.
Himiko’s Cradle – Danger lurks around every corner in this mountain top shrine. The area is sacred to the scavengers and will be your final resting place if you are not careful.
Tomb Raider fans will be able to purchase the downloadable content today for 320 Microsoft Points.