Releasing in only a matter of weeks (at the time of writing this), Rise of the Tomb Raider continues the rebooted story of Lara Croft following her survival on Yamatai island. This time around, however, Lara is out to survive more than the wilderness, falls from dizzying heights, traps, animals and other humans. Rise of the Tomb Raider also has to compete against the juggernaut known as Fallout 4 as well as an onslaught of other AAA titles ahead of the holiday season.
Late October and November are a veritable minefield of games - Halo 5: Guardians, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Star Wars Battlefront will all drop within a month of one another. Despite the new Tomb Raider game sharing a release date with the highly anticipated Fallout 4, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg has hope the game will perform despite the heavyweight pedigrees all around it.
As Greenberg said during a recent installment of the Kinda Funny Games-cast:
"The challenge with Tomb Raider is if you go a week later you’re against Star Wars Battlefront, if you go a week earlier you’ll be against Call of Duty Black Ops 3 and if you go two weeks earlier you’re against Halo. And then you go late and then you’re like well, the consumer doesn’t have any money left to buy the game so there wasn’t a better scenario for us except that was the week it was not going head to head against Call of Duty or Star Wars Battlefront. We felt like the Fallout audience-they are not direct competitors per se, but you are right, it’s two big, big titles launching at the same time and we hope people will buy both.”
Damned if you do, damned if you don't, it would seem. As a timed exclusive, Rise of the Tomb Raider narrowly misses releasing on the same day as console-mate Halo 5: Guardians. However, Lara doesn't make her way to the PC and Playstation 4 platforms until 2016 - and will instead share the field with the Brotherhood of Steel, Special Ops Soldiers, Spartans, and platoons of Rebel and Imperial soldiers in a matter of weeks.
If the sequel is as solid as Tomb Raider (2013) - which was generally well-received for its gameplay and gritty re-imagining of Miss Croft's origin story as a globe-trotting adventurer - then it certainly has the potential to be a blockbuster hit. Rise of the Tomb Raider's gameplay will resemble that from its predecessor, though the combat has been redesigned to provide more options for stealth and sneaking attacks; whether or not that will be enough in the face of 2015's most anticipated video game title, that remains to be seen.
Rise of the Tomb Raider arrives on November 10th, 2015 on the Xbox One, with TBD dates for the PC and Playstation 4 editions likely in 2016.
Source: Kinda Funny Games