The rambunctious Tomb Raider franchise seems to be on solid ground lately, with a new feature film starring Alicia Vikander swinging into theaters for 2018 and the archaeological treasure-hunting game making steady strides in the crowded marketplace. An add-on pack included in the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary PS4 game release takes the intrepid adventurer back to Croft Manor in a puzzle-packed Resident Evil-ish walk-through DLC, with Lara fending off metaphoric monsters of the underworld wandering the cursed family estate. Delivered by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will launch on Oct. 11 and be strapped down with a load of bonus features, including this demon-drenched DLC.
Here's the official release announcement and roster of extras for Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration:
Award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider
Brutal new “Extreme Survivor” difficulty mode (no checkpoints)
“Blood Ties” & “Lara’s Nightmare” premium DLC
Co-op support for “Endurance Mode”, challenging players to survive extreme conditions with a friend
Re-envisioned cold-weather outfit and weapon for Lara inspired by Tomb Raider III
Classic Lara card pack which will allow fans to play “Expedition Modes” using one of several classic Lara models
All existing DLC including “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch” and “Cold Darkness Awakened”, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, 35 Expedition Cards, and more. Support for PlayStation VR that challenges players to unlock the mysteries of Croft Manor in first person
“Blood Ties” is new premium DLC, and will allow players to explore Croft Manor in the main 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.
In addition, for the first time in a Tomb Raider game, a new online co-op expansion to “Endurance Mode” lets fans raid tombs in a brutal wilderness together. Two players must team up to survive the harsh elements by day, as well as lethal threats from enemies by night. Fire takes fuel, food restores health, and every resource must be hunted, collected, or crafted. Battle to the top of the leaderboards, as others try to beat your longest survival run.
Check out the spooky new trailer for Blood Ties/Lara's Nightmare, then watch Lara roam the woods for 8 minutes in a Gamescon 2016 preview of the new Endurance co-op gameplay mode below and tell us if you'll hunt down this special edition come fall.