The third entry in the rebooted Tomb Raider series, Shadow of the Tomb Raider continues the story arc of Lara Croft becoming the raider of tombs we all know and love.
The trailers and the gameplay demo that came out of E3 showed off a decidedly darker and more savage tone, akin to films like The Predator. It seems that this game will be finally telling the story of Lara Croft becoming the Tomb Raider, which seems to mean dark things for the character.
The gameplay demo shown at E3 did seem quite promising, though, showing Lara killing off a variety of enemies in some cool, creative ways. We won’t have long to wait to find out.
When will Shadow of the Tomb Raider Release?
Shadow of the Tomb Raider releases September 14, 2018 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Preorder Guide
If you’re looking to preorder Shadow of the Tomb Raider, there are four versions you can choose from. Firstly, it’s important to know that all versions except the standard edition will get you to the game two days before release. The four versions you can preorder are as follows:
- $60 Standard Edition: This gets you the game, limited edition steelbook casing and three art cards. Does not get you early access to the game.
- $70 Digital Deluxe Edition: This gets you the game, an outfit/weapon pack, a skill booster pack that will unlock one skill point in each of the three skill trees, the game’s soundtrack, and 48 hour early access.
- $90 Croft Edition: This gets you the game, the season pass, three additional weapons and outfits, the soundtrack, steelbook casing, three art cards, and 48-hour early access.
- $200 Ultimate Edition: This version of the game will be available in a limited run and is only available on the Square Enix website. If you’re able to snag it, it’ll get you the game, a statue, bottle opener, flashlight, plus all of the above digital bonuses.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider PC/Steam:
The game will available on steam on the same date 14th Sept. You can pre-purchase the game on steam.
Lara Croft will stop at nothing in order to prevent the Maya apocalypse.
Experience Lara’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider on September 14th, 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC/Steam. Preorder now at https://t.co/flnuVPqFIf. pic.twitter.com/yO5tF0vtt0
— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) July 13, 2018
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Gameplay: Changes and New Additions
What do we know about Shadow of the Tomb Raider? Well, from everything we’ve seen and heard so far, it seems like Shadow is going to feature very much the same gameplay as Rise of the Tomb Raider. It’ll be refined, surely, but far from revolutionized.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be any changes, however. Eidos Montreal is leading the development this time round, rather than Crystal Dynamics, and they’re bringing some welcome tweaks to the established formula. One such change is that Lara can now rappel down ledges, much like she could in the Legend-Anniversary-Underworld trilogy. She’ll also be able to use this to build momentum and clear gaps Nathan Drake style.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is also set to have one thing that fans have been asking for since the series got rebooted in 2013. Customisable difficulty affecting combat, puzzles, and traversal. For example, if you want easy combat, but challenging puzzles and traversal, you can do that by disabling Lara’s Survival Instincts that highlight puzzle clues in the environment and disabling the white scuff marks on climbable ledges, making the traversal more difficulty. Setting the combat difficulty is more obvious, and can adjusted as you’d expect. Craft your own Lara Croft experience!
Another thing we can take-away from the gameplay that came out of E3 is that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be taking a page or two from the Batman Arkham. The gameplay had a focus on stealth, and showed Lara hiding in trees and stringing up her enemies to strike fear in the hearts their allies. It was all very reminiscent of the Batman Arkham gargoyles. Similarly, it seems that Lara will be able to return to stealth by hiding in the shadows, meaning that you won’t be forced into a gun fight if you don’t want one.
We have good expectations for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It won’t re-invent the franchise, that’s for sure, but it’s sure to continue the story of rebooted Croft, and introduce some fun and interesting new ideas to the already excellent formula.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider System Requirements
- Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 or AMD equivalent
- Memory: 6 GB RAM
- Operating System: 64-bit, Windows 7 or better
- VIDEO CARD: 2GB GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R7 265 or better
What are your thoughts and feelings on the direction that the rebooted Tomb Raider series seems to be heading? Are you looking forward to it, or do you think it’s the wrong direction for the series and for the character? Let us know in the comments below!