Playstation users, your year long wait is over! Rise of the Tomb Raider is finally coming to PS4 and you’re getting a pretty good deal. As 2016 marks the 20th year since the first Tomb Raider was released, Square Enix are releasing the PS4 version as a 20th anniversary celebration edition of the game. To quote Square Enix’s blog
Within this celebratory bundle, you will find the award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider, a new story chapter entitled “Blood Ties,” co-op play for “Endurance Mode,” all previously released DLC, and more.
I think the “more” in this case is Playstation VR support for the new DLC, which might explain the extremely long wait for it to come out with its 11th of October release date being two days before the VR’s release.
Comes with everything you see here.
So as I said, a pretty damn good deal. This version will also be available for Xbox and PC users as well. This brings into question the possible pros and cons of timed exclusivity, which to my mind is a slightly worrying new trend of this console generation. In this case we have a critically acclaimed title release on the Xbox first, where its users have to pay for all the extra content separately only for it to be released a year later on a different platform for the same price with all that content added on. If I was an Xbox user who bought the game the first time around I would be pretty steamed!
Raiding never looked so good.
This isn’t the first time Square Enix has done this either; the last iteration of Ms Croft’s adventures received a “definitive edition” about a year after its release which also included all the previous DLC. This is why I think the whole timed exclusivity and by association the whole game of the year edition trend is problematic. Yeah if you wait you get all the extra bits for free, but to get those extra shiny gubbins some poor schmuck has to foot the bill for you. This begs the question why buy a game at launch at all? Well putting all the arguments for and against DLC aside, if you don’t there is a very real chance the publisher/developer won’t make any more of those games, and in the case of multiplayer games you will probably miss out on the most fun time in that games cycle (when people are still trying to figure things out).
All in all, I think what I am trying to say is this: Playstation users rejoice! For you have a really good single player experience to play that will surely help some of those Uncharted withdrawal symptoms your feeling. For the Xbox users it’s a bit of a raw deal, but you did get the pleasure of playing it first and you heroically stumped up that cash money so all of us can continue enjoying good ol’ Lara’s adventures for that little bit longer.
Rise of the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary Celebration Edition (phew), will be available from the 11th October.