The incredibly successful Tomb Raider franchise has already seen two original continuity games, spawned two movies based on those games, and had one wildly successful 2013 reboot game. In fact, the reboot (which explored the origins of series lead Lara Croft) sold more than 1 million copies in less than forty-eight hours of its release.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is the sequel to the 2013 game and is set to come out this November. Developers have slowly been releasing more and more content to entice fans. During the Microsoft press briefing at Gamescom, Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics showed off gameplay footage from the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider. After the briefing fans wanted to know if it was possible to play through the same demo round in a non-lethal manner.
The developers have confirmed this is, in fact, possible, by releasing a full stealth playthrough of the Rise of the Tomb Raider: "Advancing Storm" clip (see the trailer above). Noah Hughes, creative director on Rise of the Tomb Raider, explains in the clip that it is possible to make your way through the area with zero kills. Using your own tools, and items found in the environment (mainly throwing bottles for distraction), you can quietly and bloodlessly play your way across the area. Hence, the game is very much player's choice.
As Hughes explains in the stealth gameplay video, how you approach combat in Rise of the Tomb Raider is entirely up to you. Much like the 2013 Tomb Raider game, there is a lot of interactivity with the environment, and players have endless options in how to explore and play. The sequel is meant to continue after the 2013 game ended, with Lara out to solve the supernatural mysteries of the world to prove that she isn't crazy (after being discredited in the previous game).
This Stealth Gamplay clip also shows that Rise of the Tomb Raider - even in the middle of deadly situations - features very beautiful environments. Bypassing all enemies in an area can certainly be useful, but if you want to engage in brutal guerrilla combat, you still can.
In case you missed it, here is the recently-released (and comparatively violent) 13 minute Rise of the Tomb Raider: Prophet's Tomb trailer:
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 13, 2015. The game will later be made available for Microsoft Windows in early 2016 and then Playstation 4 in late 2016.
Source: Crystal Dynamics