It’s taken a while, Sony fans, but the Microsoft timed exclusive is almost over; the Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 release date is almost in sight.
The Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 release isn’t just the same game we’ve seen on Xbox One and PC to date, however. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have called upon their age-old affinity for Sony – remembering that Lara Croft of course got her start on the original PlayStation back in 1996 – and have scheduled the PS4 release to usher in the Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration.
And what does that announcement really mean? An opportunity to shift some special edition box sets, no doubt.
But in reality, the Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 version will be a full, boxed retail edition that includes all of the updates, DLC and add-on that has been released for Xbox One and PC owners to date. Any content that’s released with the 20 Year Celebration that hasn’t yet been released on Xbox One and PC will also immediately become available to season pass holders. There won’t be a season pass for the Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 version, because it’s all already there. The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese, or something.
Plus, there’s going to be virtual reality support, exclusively for the PS VR. Not for the full game, admittedly, but for some special add-on missions created especially for the 20 Year Celebration, including Blood Ties – which sees Lara scouring Croft manor for proof that she is the rightful heir – and a zombies mode, imaginatively titled Lara’s Nightmare. There’s always a zombies mode, for some reason.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will also include some classic skins – which aren’t at all interesting – but far more important are two new game modes: an increased difficulty “Extreme Survivor” setting and an online co-op expansion to “Endurance” mode.
The Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 version – and the 20 Year Celebration – will be released on October 11, 2016.