Rise of the Tomb Raider – New Details Emerge

Details about Lara’s Russian adventure have finally surfaced a month after the thrilling E3 gameplay debut.

According to recent interviews, Rise of the Tomb Raider looks to take Lara’s training wheels off for a much grittier and realistic trek through the treacherous Siberian wilderness. Thanks to the awesome ‘NX Gamer‘ on YouTube, here’s a meaty round-up of everything that we know so far about the upcoming Xbox Holiday 2015 exclusive.

Although he makes the update clear in the description, at one point, NX mentions that the E3 demo runs at 900p. Brian Horton, Game Director for Rise of the Tomb Raider, has since corrected him noting that it actually was running at full 1080p natively on Xbox One.

If you don’t have time for the 14 minute video, here’s a quick round up of what’s discussed:

– Dynamic time of day and weather systems
– Lighting has been overhauled to give a more realistic look and feel
– Deformable snow. You now have the ability to stalk animal or people by following their tracks, but they can do the same to you. Dynamic weather changes the landscape frequently and hides tracks
– Lara can now climb trees to gain a height advantage on enemies and wildlife
– Lara must hunt animals for food and to craft new equipment and gear, but some of the wildlife only appears during certain times
– TressFX hair has been improved and even features beard support for male characters
– Blended animations are smoother. This means that when Lara moves from a scripted event to full player control, there won’t be an awkward snap into an upright walking position
– An improved facial animation system that makes movement much more believable and less like plastic toys
– Post-processing effects improved, depth of field has also been increased significantly
– Runs on the same engine as the remaster but looks much better

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With all of these improvements to the original and full 1080p resolution, Rise of the Tomb Raider is looking to be one of the most impressive games coming to consoles this holiday season. It seems the only thing that could get in the way of the title’s success is sharing the November 10th release date with developer Bethesda’s highly anticipated Fallout 4.

What do you make of all the new information? Which improvement over the 2013 reboot has you most excited? Feel free to let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

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