Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Square Enix Confirms Microsoft's Rise of the Tomb Raider Publishing Deal is Limited

Most of you probably saw yesterday's news that Rise of The Tomb Raider will be published by Microsoft when it comes out next year. Many gaming blogs, news sites, and gamers were speculating that this meant the end of any chance the game would come to PlayStation. Later in the day Crystal Dynamics told Game Informer, "Our partnership with Microsoft on Rise of the Tomb Raider does have a duration, but we aren't discussing those details at this time."

Then late last night Square Enix followed up with this comment: "Yes, Microsoft will be publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox. Microsoft has always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and they will get behind this game with more support across development, marketing and retail than ever before, which we believe will be a step in continuing to build the Tomb Raider franchise as one of the biggest in gaming."

It's still unclear what all of this doublespeak means—or when and which other platforms will get Rise once the Xbox exclusive is over. The waiting game continues....

Lara Croft in the Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Gold Edition Unboxing with Meagan and Jenn

Crystal Dynamics Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie teams up with cosplayer extraordinaire Jenn Croft to show off Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Gold Edition. There's been a bit of confusion about all the different versions available in different regions, so Meagan covers the various offerings and price points for Europe and North American, as well as what's in the Gold Edition box. The game releases next Tuesday, December 9, for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The video also shows off the current and upcoming LCTOO T-shirt designs. You've probably seen the "Protectors of Fate" shirt before, but a new long-sleeved tee featuring Lara's silhouette on a background of hieroglyphs and a hoodie with a golden cartouche, will be available in the Tomb Raider Store around the same time the game launches.

If you haven't already pre-ordered the game, you can get it, along with the Gold Edition swag, through the Square Enix Store, Amazon,or your local game shop.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tomb Raider 2 Now Available on iOS

In a stealth move worthy of Lara Croft, the 1997 classic Tomb Raider 2 appeared today out of nowhere in the App Store. This updated version for iPhone and iPad is optimized for touchscreen play and includes revamped graphics, multiple language support, and 50+ unlockable achievements.

Of course, some things never change....
Tomb Raider 2 Croft Manor by Rivendell
Thanks to Rivendell for this blast from the past.

I don't own any Apple devices, but friends have been posting rave reviews all day. With a price tag of only $1.99/£1.49 for the full game plus the Golden Mask expansion, I don't see how you could go wrong!

If you've had a chance to try it, I'd love to hear what you think. Please post a comment below or tweet me @Stellalune.

UPDATE 12/6: According to Nash, who posted on my Facebook page, the PlayStation 1 PAL version cheat codes also work in the iOS version. Just sayin'.... ;)

Special thanks to Rivendell and José for these screenshots.

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