This evening, we learned that the rumours regarding next-generation ports of this year’s phenomenal Tomb Raider reboot were 100% correct, thanks to Square Enix and the Spike VGX Awards plateau. As such, we can now confirm that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will hit PS4 and Xbox One on January 28, and can now be pre-ordered. That means there’s little more than a month’s worth of waiting time left to endure.
The aforementioned update to what I would consider as one of 2013’s top three video game releases is said to feature updated visuals, as well as TressFX support, meaning that young Lara’s hair will look more realistic than it did previously. That is, on consoles at least. Furthermore, it’s also been revealed that the project is actually a joint effort between Crystal Dynamics, Nixxes and United Front Games.
Normally, I don’t get too excited about updated re-releases, especially when they’re only boasting improved tech and previously released DLC of the multiplayer variety, but I thoroughly enjoyed Tomb Raider and have been wanting to play through it again for some time now.
Check out the trailer and press release below and then let us know your thoughts via the comments section.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2013) – Crystal Dynamics, a Square Enix studio today announced TOMB RAIDER®: DEFINITIVE EDITION is coming to Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on January 28th, 2014.
TOMB RAIDER®: DEFINITIVE EDITION is the character defining action-adventure where a young and inexperienced Lara Croft transforms into a hardened survivor. This fully re-built version for PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One features an obsessively detailed Lara and a fully realized lifelike world.
Lara Croft presented in unprecedented high definition detail:
– An all new Lara model created to take advantage of the power of next-gen consoles
– TRESS FX technology that delivers realistic hair simulation and motion with every strand being physically active
– Shader and lighting reworked to showcase the raw physicality of Lara’s journey through sweat, mud, and blood materials and effects
A physical world put in motion thanks to brand new hardware architecture:
– The world has been dynamically brought to life using complex physical world simulation on trees, foliage, cloth, weather, lighting and effects
– All texture resolutions have been created at 4x resolution for maximum resolution and detail
– In-game characters, enemies and destructability have been enhanced for added depth and realism
– Subsurface scattering technology implemented to capture the most physically accurate lighting simulation and deliver a great sense of believability
– Native 1080p gameplay gives outstanding visual fidelity and showcases the beauty of Yamatai in all its high definition glory
The Definitive Edition of the award-winning action-adventure includes all of the original downloadable content, plus digital versions of the Dark Horse comic, Brady Games mini-art book and the Final Hours developer videos. Customers who pre-order will receive special art book packaging featuring never-before-seen concept art.
“’Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition’ is so named as it’s exactly what we’ve custom built for the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system consoles,” said Crystal Dynamics Executive Producer, Scot Amos. “The new hardware let us finally express the original vision in all of its glory. This was a continued labor of love. We pulled the game apart and rebuilt it with painstaking detail to add enhanced visual storytelling but without changing the award winning tale. The end result is a cinematic living world. We can’t wait for fans and newcomers alike to experience this rebuilt epic adventure.”
TOMB RAIDER®: DEFINITIVE EDITION will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 January 28th, 2014, priced at $RRP59.99.
Official Homepage: www.TOMBRAIDER.com
Official Twitter: @TOMBRAIDER
Official Facebook page: http://facebook.com/TOMBRAIDER
Official Tumblr: http://officialTOMBRAIDERblog.tumblr.com/
Official YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/TOMBRAIDER
About TOMB RAIDER
The TOMB RAIDER franchise has sold over 40 million copies worldwide and inspired one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, grossing over $300 million at the global box office with protagonist Lara Croft becoming a contemporary global icon. TOMB RAIDER, released March 5, 2013 is the fastest selling game in the history of the franchise. TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION is scheduled for release on Xbox One and PlayStatio®4 system consoles January 28, 2014.
TOMB RAIDER is rated “M” (Mature). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 59 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.