Rise of the Tomb Raider was initially Xbox-exclusive, but today Square Enix announced that the Tomb Raider sequel will come to PlayStation 4 in “holiday season, 2016.” That’s still a long time to wait, but at least us PlayStation folks will get our chance. The PC version will be available sometime early in 2016.
The 2013 Tomb Raider was not Xbox-exclusive, so the decision to make its sequel unavailable to players who had played the game on PlayStation was met with a great deal of frustration. Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher responded to these frustrations by saying that the move was “one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming.” Gallagher claimed that Microsoft had always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider, and supported the studio’s creative vision. “This doesn’t mean that we’re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities.”
We got to see a demo of Rise of the Tomb Raider at E3 earlier this year—Lara Croft explores a frozen mountainous environment, dodging crumbling ice chunks, grizzly bears, raiders, and other dangers. Lara will have to react to weather and the day-night cycle by crafting and scavenging for helpful items and materials. She’s searching for the 13th century Siberian city of Kitezh while fighting the Trinity organization. The story will continue from where the 2013 Tomb Raider game left off, as Trinity is attempting to cover up Lara’s supernatural experiences on Yamatai.
“In her first adventure, Lara Croft was forged into a true survivor, but she glimpsed a deeper, secret world,” the game announcement read. “In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to release November 10 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.