17 December 2014

Hey Everyone! It's been an exciting and really busy week for the Tomb Raider franchise. We've got so much to go through, so lets get to it!

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris IS OUT!

The biggest news of the week: Tomb Raider fans can now play Lara's new adventure, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris!

The game takes her to Egypt where she is forced to team up with a rival archaeologist Carter Bell, as the two accidentally trigger an ancient curse and are marked for death. Oh, and they also awaken the evil god, Set, as you do. They are joined by Horus and Iris, who are determined to gather the pieces of Osiris' body in order to awaken him and defeat Set.

If you want the standard edition of the game, it can be purchased from XBOX Live (XBOX One), Playstation Network (PS4) or Steam (PC) for $19.99/£14.99. You can also buy the game and season pass which will come with all the currently announced DLC packs for $29.99/€28.99/£17.99. The Gold Edition will cost $49.99/€39.99/£29.99. In addition to that Steam has an offer where you can purchase four keys for the game, if you know who your co-op buddies will be, for $59.99/€59.99/£44.97. You can also download the game first, and pick up the goodies later separately through the Square Enix Store.

Temple of Osiris, Community Challenge: Burn Baby Burn

Temple of Osiris features some pretty exciting weekly Community Challenges. The challenges are specific to each platform, so while everyone may share the same target, you are trying to reach it with other members on PC, XBOX One or PS4. The rewards varies depending on the challenge, it may be gems or perhaps new weapons.

This week's challenge will award you a golden SMG! To obtain this item, the community has to kill 5,000 exploding flaming mummies using the SMGs found in the game.

This specific challenge will run until this Saturday at 23:59 PST. If successful, the Community Chest will be unlocked and remain so for 24 hours after the challenge closes.

Keeley Hawes' Interviews

Keeley Hawes returns as the voice of Lara Croft in the latest adventure. Personally I'm really excited by the news, it feels like the return of an old friend, especially with the classic Lara making a reappearance. In celebration for the title's launch, Keeley has made several appearances in front of the camera. Check out her onscreen appearances below!

Video uploaded to YouTube by Tomb Raider Collection.

Video uploaded to YouTube by Tomb Raider Empire.

Temple of Osiris, New Screenshots

Crystal Dynamics has released a handful of new in game screenshots for Temple of Osiris. By now you might have already explored the areas which are featured in the images, but they do look stunning none-the-less, and of course the screenshots may vary depending on how many players you have in the game. You can check out all of the new screenshots over at our Facebook page, HERE



 Rise of the Tomb Raider's Publishing Deal

On the same day as LCTOO's launch, Square Enix Europe issued a statement in response to a Twitter message. It was revealed that Microsoft was publishing the upcoming, Rise of the Tomb Raider, whereas usually Square Enix would be publishing their titles.

In response, Square Enix issued two statements. The first statement was sent to all video game journalism websites: 
“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.”
The second statement was sent to GameInformer which clarified that the exclusive deal has a duration. You can read the full statement and story, HERE.

Tomb Raider Mini-series

A few days ago, news broke of a new Tomb Raider fan mini-series. The episodes will be created by Stephen Lunsford, who many of you will know from Tomb Raider Facts. On Instagram he said that the mini-series will be a prequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Message from Crystal Dynamics: "The series in question is a fan project. Stephen and Cambria are huge fans of Tomb Raider and are whipping something awesome up to pay tribute. We're happy to promote and give the project love just as we do with any other fan film! We're not involved from an official standpoint. The creative and narrative direction are entirely up to Steven and his crew, and not a hint at the direction we'll be taking ROTTR."

Official or not, we're really looking forward to seeing the new episodes! 

Guardian of Light iOS Update

Final quick update! The iOS version of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light recently received a huge update. The game will have a new look with HD graphics and a new user interface. Support for iOS 8 has been added, and the title can be played on iPhones 5, 6 and +6. Checkpoints and progress will now be saved through the cloud system.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is available now on iTunes for  $4.99/£2.99/ €4.49.
For more information, check out the official blog post!



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