Initial Shadow of the Tomb Raider Screens Leaked Early

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider fans, hold onto your hats, Square Enix this morning finally fully revealed Rise of the Tomb Raider this morning, complete with new screens/trailer, game info, pre-order details and more.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider's reveal embargo has lifted, but you've already seen most of the assets as they leaked in traditional Square Enix style. Shadow looks like a return to the darker, more terrifying, sensibilities of the 2013 game (where Rise was more straightforward action/adventure), and I'm ready for it.

The third and last chapter in Lara Croft's origin tales, Shadow of the Tomb Raider shifts the action to dense jungle landscapes, with plenty of tomb raiding to be done (something the first in the trilogy was criticised for). Only by fighting her way through every threat can she save the world from a Mayan apocalypse and become the Tomb Raider we all know she becomes.

As you'd expect, the Standard Edition will get you the base game and little more. And she'll continue to tell Lara's story beyond the release of the game, as Square Enix is planning to launch seven downloadable add-ons to Shadow of the Tomb Raider in the months that follow. In the near future, Lara Croft will wade through a dense jungle as she battles the evil Trinity organization in South America.

As a cinematic mood-setter, the first footage from Shadow of the Tomb Raider doesn't do much to give away the mysterious plot of the game, however, it does give players an idea of the atmosphere developers are aiming for.

Lara's antagonist got their name dropped in the preview as well, an individual known as Doctor Dominguez. Since we'll be witnessing a different kind of Tomb Raider, she's bringing all of her accumulated insight into a new performance. The game will hit the Xbox One, PS4 and PC on September 14th, 2018. It doesn't appear to contain the Season Pass at all.

Which comes back to that important decision that Dozois teased during the Shadow of the Tomb Raider presentation.

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