Publisher Square Enix’s 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider came with rave reviews and great sales, although the Japanese company surprisingly decided to partner with Microsoft and unveil the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, as a timed Xbox One exclusive. The PC version will release on January 28, as the game is set to launch this holiday on PlayStation 4.
Reports of low sales were rebuffed by Xbox One product manager and marketing lead Aaron Greenberg, who confirmed on Twitter that the title sold “well over” a million units in its first two months. Developer Crystal Dynamics has been hard at work on the games first story DLC titled ‘Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch’ and a release date has finally been announced.
Set to launch next week on January 26, Microsoft recently detailed what story players will go through as Lara Croft.
“Featuring hours of new gameplay, this adventure expands the story of the main campaign with Lara facing deadly new adversaries, exploring a new puzzle-filled tomb, and solving a decades old mystery, all culminating in a showdown with an ancient and mythic evil. Includes a new outfit, and a new bow.”
This is the second piece of major content included in the game’s season pass, alongside the previously released Endurance Mode – where players will be able to “challenge friends to your longest survival run and battle to the top of the leaderboards for the title of Ultimate Survivor,” – and the yet to be released Cold Darkness Awakened – which focuses on Lara overcoming “increasingly dangerous waves of these infected predators while scrounging their equipment and crafting additional gear on the fly, in kill or be killed survival-combat.”
Square Enix has not confirmed whether players will be able to buy Baba Yaga separately from the $30 season pass, as the DLC launches close to the PC version of the game two days later. Square Enix will hope for positive sales for the PC version and a huge return when the game launches on PlayStation 4 later this year. It will be interesting to see if Sony markets the game as a brand new title or choose not to reward Square Enix for their Xbox One exclusivity agreement. The game was initially going to go up against PlayStation's Uncharted 4, with both titles being third person action games, last year before the title was pushed to March and then April of 2016.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will release for PC on January 28 and the Baba Yaga DLC will available on January 26.