Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Announced for PlayStation 4

Following on from a leak that potentially revealed Rise of the Tomb Raider’s PlayStation 4 release date earlier this week, publisher Square Enix has now confirmed the official launch date for the formerly timed Xbox-exclusive title.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration

Taking to the PlayStation Blog, Square Enix announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is scheduled for release on October 11, 2016, for PS4.

Partnering with Nixxes Software, who is helping to bring the title to PS4, Square Enix says that 20 Year Celebration is no “mere ‘Game of the Year’” version of Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration includes a PlayStation VR mission set in Croft Manor. The mission, entitled ‘Blood Ties,’ has players exploring Lara Croft’s iconic home in a new story mode.

Meanwhile, there will be another mission, ‘Lara’s Nightmare,’ that is all about defending Croft Manor from the undead.

“While shown previously only in cutscenes in the campaign of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the Manor represents more than just a place,” says Scot Amos, co-head of studio at Crystal Dynamics.

“It is Lara’s legacy, and in our new telling her birthright as well as a connection to her past. It’s an incredibly important part of her story and the franchise, and like many of you, we have fond memories of it from the classic games.”

Along with the addition of a VR experience, 20 Year Celebration has a new online expansion to Endurance mode, allowing players to team up with a friend to raid tombs and hold out for the longest survival runs on the leaderboards.

Square Enix has also confirmed that an ‘Extreme Survivor’ setting will be added to the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, challenging the player by removing the checkpoints from the campaign and only allowing them to save should they have enough resources to light the campfire they come into contact with.

As part of the twentieth anniversary, Rise of the Tomb Raider’s PS4 owners will also be able to access a re-envisioned version of the cold-weather outfit and the Hailstorm pistol that Lara had in 1998’s Tomb Raider III.

Finally, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration includes the two main expansions for the title — Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch and Cold Darkness Awakened — along with a plethora of Expedition Cards and all additional outfits and weapons that were DLC.

The content featured in Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will be free for Tomb Raider Season Pass holders on Xbox One and PC, though it won’t include VR support.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’s pre-order bonus is a limited edition art book, Square Enix confirmed.

For more on Crystal Dynamics’ sequel to 2013’s Tomb Raider, check out Hardcore Gamer’s reviews for Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC review here), Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch and Cold Darkness Awakened.

Screenshots from Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration can be viewed below: