New Rise of the Tomb Raider [official site] DLC will bring two-player co-op support to its survival mode Endurance and a whole load of things for Lara to do around Croft Manor. I like when video game people have homes. Lara will be kicking around her mansion in a new hunk o’ story, as well as shooting through it in a nightmare thanks to a zombie mode. Given everything she’s seen on her adventures, zombies seem relatively tame for a nightmare.
This new round of DLC is coming thanks to the game’s long-held-back PlayStation 4 version. I guess Square Enix wanted to make up for dicking PlayStationeers about with Xbone exclusivity. Anyway! Point is, new DLC is coming, and folks who bought Rise of the Tomb Raider’s DLC Season Pass will get all that too.
I’m genuinely glad to hear about a return to Croft Manor. It’s had a small grounding presence in the series, even if it does make clear how obscenely rich she is, and she does mostly treat it as a place to solve puzzles, train her acrobatics, and lock her butler in the meat freezer. Anyway! Here’s what will go down there in this new DLC:
“‘Blood Ties,’ a new premium DLC, beckons players to explore Croft Manor in a new story mode; then defend it against a zombie invasion in ‘Lara’s Nightmare’. When Lara’s uncle contests ownership of the Manor, Lara must explore the estate to find proof that she is the rightful heir, or lose her birthright and father’s secrets for good. Players can then test their zombie-killing skills in the replayable ‘Lara’s Nightmare’ mode: a haunted Croft Manor where players have new challenges and must rid the Manor of an evil presence.”
An ‘Extreme Survivor’ difficulty mode is coming too, with no checkpoints and saving only at bonfires.
As for Endurance mode, it’ll be getting support for online two-player survival antics. Ther other player will appear as Nadia, each seeing themselves as Lara. Alec found the original Endurance DLC Rise of the Tomb Raider’s best part by far so co-op for that might be a lark. Here are some folks from the Ian Games Network playing it for 22 minutes:
This is all due on October 11th. Square Enix have also announced a $60 ’20 Year Celebration’ edition of RotTR which will include the game, the original DLC, this new DLC, a new Tomb Raider III-y outfit for Lara, and the option to play as five “classic” Lara models from across the ages. I always fold old character models in new games unsettling – the MGS1 Solid Snake in MGSV just isn’t right – so good, sure, let’s bring back the pointy gal.