Welcome back, Groupies! With the arrival and release of the next generation systems, the Playstation 4 and the XboxOne, Square Enix has announced Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, a new version of 2013's Tomb Raider title "re-built specifically for next gen consoles" and due out on January 28, 2014.
The Definitive Edition is priced at $59.99 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and, in addition to the new version of the game, includes "all of the DLC, including the Tomb of the Lost Adventurer, six outfits for Lara, a digital mini art book, and the digital comic The Beginning." Amazon also has an "Art Book Packaging Edition" listed for each console, which includes "an insider's look at exclusive, never before seen concept art."
According to Square Enix, the Definitive Edition features "an obsessively detailed Lara and a fully realized lifelike world." A new Lara Croft model has been crafted, and TRESS FX technology brings "realistic hair simulation and motion," plus shaders and lighting have been reworked "to showcase the raw physicality of Lara’s journey through sweat, mud, and blood materials and effects."
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will run at native 1080p resolution and all textures "have been created at 4x resolution for maximum resolution and detail," plus characters, enemies and environments have been "enhanced for added depth and realism".
"Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is so named as it’s exactly what we’ve custom built for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 system consoles,” said executive producer Scot Amos. “The new hardware let us finally express the original vision in all of its glory. This was a continued labor of love. We pulled the game apart and rebuilt it with painstaking detail to add enhanced visual storytelling but without changing the award winning tale. The end result is a cinematic living world. We can’t wait for fans and newcomers alike to experience this rebuilt epic adventure."
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So, are you all excited to see Lara on next-generational gaming systems? What do you think of how far she has progress graphically, character-wise, and origin wise? Let us know in the comments below!