Developer Crystal Dynamics is bringing tomb raiding and puzzles back in the latest Rise of the Tomb Raider demo!
While the developer showed an action-centric Rise of the Tomb Raider demo during the Xbox Gamescom briefing last week, those who made it Gamescom in Germany also got a glimpse at a brand-new tomb exploration sequence. Luckily, Crystal Dynamics and Xbox decided to share the love with the rest of the world this morning by releasing the previously attendee-exclusive demo on YouTube! Check it out!
Releasing this demo to the general public was a great move by both Crystal Dynamics and Microsoft. One of the biggest complaints many had with the 2013 reboot was that the game focused heavily on combat and less on actual tomb exploration which made the franchise famous in the first place. At the end of the action-oriented trailer (shown below), Crystal Dynamics showed this image showing off at least 15 tombs for players to explore in Rise of the Tomb Raider:
In case you missed the demo shown last week at Xbox’s Gamescom conference, here it is! Be warned, Lara is decidedly more brutal from our last romp with her in the reboot!
With three months until launch, it seems Microsoft is starting to beef up advertising for their Holiday 2015 exclusive – a wise decision seeing as the game is set to compete with Bethesda’s goliath Fallout 4 when the two launch on November 10th.
What do you think of expanded tomb exploration in Rise of the Tomb Raider? Was it the right move to focus on getting back to the series’ roots, or should Crystal Dynamics push the game to be more Indiana Jones-esque like the Uncharted franchise? Feel free to let me know in the comments or on Twitter!
Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming this November to Xbox One, early 2016 on Windows 10 and Holiday 2016 on PS4. There is also a Xbox 360 version of the game due out this year, but it is being handled by another developer and there has been no images or trailers for the version.