Friday, January 16, 2015

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Icy Death DLC Available Now

This week marks the release of the first major DLC pack for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. If you purchased the Season Pass, you'll now have access to the Icy Death Pack. Head to the Community Chest in the Shrine of Osiris area in-game to unlock the following goodies:

Playable Level: Tomb of Hoarfrost (accessed through the Sunken Temple of Sobek area of the Overworld)
Skin: Ice Climber Lara
Weapon: Icy Death
Amulets: Frozen Pendant of Set's Chosen, Bronze Hedjet Flail
Rings: Frozen Band of Set's Favor, Frozen Mark of Set's Ascetic

For more information about the new content, check out the latest developer diary from Cyrstal Dynamics.

In addition, all of the pre-order bonus packs are now available for purchase:

Deus Ex 'Ultimate Augmentation' Pack Includes: Deus Ex themed skins for all four characters, Adam Jensen's signature combat rifle, and the Augment Ring, which reduces the cost to unlock treasure chests by 10%.

Hitman 'Assassinate Your Enemies' Pack Includes: Exclusive Hitman themed skins for all four characters, Silverballers (twin pistols), and The Agent Ring, which gives your character increased weapon and bomb damage.

Lara Croft Legend Pack Includes: Tomb Raider: Legend skins for all four characters, Golden Pistol, and Legend Ring, which gives your character regenerating health and increased torch range.

If you haven't yet bought the Season Pass and want to see what it includes, check out the LCTOO DLC page on Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is available on Window PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Icy Death DLC screenshots. Click for larger images.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Patch Adds New Area: Sunken Chapel of Sobek Plus Community Challenges!

New content has just been added to the Overworld area in Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. If you follow the path to the southeast of the central Shrine of Osiris, where there used to be a broken bridge overlooking a deep ravine, that bridge now connects to a new explorable area: the Sunken Chapel of Sobek.

The Steam version was slightly delayed, but this new area is now available for all players. It includes more red skulls and health/ammo powerups to collect. For those who purchase the Season Pass, the Sunken City will eventually allow access to new DLC tombs—the Tomb of Hoarfrost and Tomb of the Embalmer—when they are released. Dates for these have not yet been announced.

Sunken Chapel of Sobek screenshot

The new Community Challenge feature rewards players for working together. If you want to get your hands on special items like gold weapons, bonus bags of gems, and a few surprises, check out the Community section in the game's main menu. Each week a new challenge will be posted. This week's challenge, "Burn Baby Burn," requires that everyone work together to kill 5,000 exploding, flaming mummies using SMGs. This particular goal has already been met, so everyone can now go to the Community Chest in the Overworld to find those special weapons waiting. (This is the treasure chest at the edge of the shrine to Osiris, where DLC items appear. It's shown in the screenshot below.)

Note that community challenges are run separately on each platform. That is everyone gets the same weekly challenge, but Steam, PS4, and Xbox One players will work with other players on that same platform. Challenges will run from Sunday (12:01 AM PM PST) to Saturday (11:59 PM PST) each week. The reward will be available in the Community Chest as soon as it is unlocked, but will only remain for 24 hours (11:59 Sunday night) after the challenge closes.

Visit this thread on the Square Enix forums for a detailed list of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris patches, including the Sunken City update, as well as various crucial bug fixes for all three systems. Check this thread for Community Challenges.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Community Chest screenshot

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

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