Rise of the Tomb Raider – New “Siberian Wilderness” Gameplay
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics demonstrated the first gameplay of Rise of the Tomb Raider. The game looks absolutely stunning, especially with the impressive Siberia setting's weather and environmental effects taking center stage.
Some new gameplay footage haws been made available, featuring a new level called “Siberian Wilderness”. The fifteen minute long video can be watched below:
The footage sees Lara taking on some bad guys and come across a huge bear. The new gameplay footage is arguably a bit more interesting than the one demonstrated during Microsoft's press conference, and provides a nice look into the stealth mechanics of the game, as well as some nice cutscenes that showcase the stunning detail in which Lara is rendered with in the new adventure.
Tomb Raider has long been a franchise with a big focus on exploration and puzzle solving, as well as providing some platforming thrills and shooting sequences. 2013's Tomb Raider, focused more in creating a strong origin story for Lara Croft, and helping players of a new generation identify with the heroine in a more subtle way, by introducing the tomb element in a more linear but still effective and appealing form.
This time around she is more prepared and better equipped, to face bigger challenges and explore larger tombs with much more puzzle solving and platforming action. The environment of Siberia will offer more extreme conditions for Lara to adapt to, and her new equipment will come in great use when facing avalanches and climbing dangerous icy peaks.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is scheduled to arrive in Winter 2015 exclusively on Xbox platforms. While there have been some doubts as to whether the title will be coming to the Xbox 360, due to some listings including only the Xbox One version, as far as we know Rise of the Tomb Raider is still coming to both Xbox platforms.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will likely make its way to the PC, sometime next year. We'll bring you any new information on the game as soon as it becomes available.