Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration has Gone Gold!

With 18 days until launch, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration™ has gone gold and is ready for worldwide release on October 11.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is the most comprehensive version of the award-winning experience, and includes Rise of the Tomb Raider, the new story chapter “Blood Ties” with PlayStation VR support, “Lara’s Nightmare” zombie combat mode, co-op Endurance gameplay, a new “Extreme Survivor” difficulty mode, 5 classic Lara skins, an outfit and weapon inspired by Tomb Raider III, and all of the previously released DLC.

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara becomes more than a survivor, and embarks on her first Tomb Raiding expedition in search of the secret of immortality. She’ll explore a vast and hostile world, engage in guerilla combat, and discover deadly tombs.

The game launches on PlayStation 4 October 11th, and the new content will be included as part of the Season Pass on Xbox One and PC.

Secure your copy today at BuyROTTR.com!


Rise of the Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt – Prima Games Giveaways!

Fans in the U.S. and Canada: Join the Rise of the Tomb Raider scavenger hunt today to start earning points and sweepstakes entries to help win an all new Prima digital e-guide to help you achieve 100% completion this October.

In addition to winning an electronic game guide, complete challenges to earn points to unlock DLC, and other prizes including an ATV, GoPro and an epic arctic adventure!

This week’s challenges consists of:

    • Take a photo with someone you would go an adventure with.
    • Share your favorite Tomb Raider weapon on Facebook or Twitter
    • Name the Japanese queen at the center of TOMB RAIDER’s (2013) mythology?

Complete one or all, and view past clues on your dashboard to recoup points from previous weeks! For more details on how to join the scavenger hunt, check out this blog post.


Rise of the Tomb Raider Gameplay Reveal

Join Lara Croft on her first great tomb raiding expedition as she seeks to discover the secret of immortality. Featuring high-octane action set in the most beautiful and hostile environments on earth, Rise of the Tomb Raider delivers cinematic survival action-adventure November 10 on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. 


Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Launching on PlayStation 4 October 11

As part of ongoing #TombRaider20 celebrations hosted by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration launches on PlayStation 4 October 11. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will include the award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider, a new story chapter called “Blood Ties,” co-op play for “Endurance Mode”, all previously released DLC, and more. The Artbook Edition will also feature a 28 page book filled with official concept art and community contributions.  

“Blood Ties” is new premium DLC, and will allow players to explore Croft Manor in the main story mode, then defend it against a zombie invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare”. When Lara’s uncle contests ownership of the Manor, Lara must explore the estate to find proof that she is the rightful heir, or lose her birthright and father’s secrets for good. Players can then test their zombie-killing skills in the replayable “Lara’s Nightmare” mode: a haunted Croft Manor where players have new challenges and must rid the Manor of an evil presence.

In addition, for the first time in a Tomb Raider game, a new online co-op expansion to “Endurance Mode” lets fans raid tombs in a brutal wilderness together. Two players must team up to survive the harsh elements by day, as well as lethal threats from enemies by night. Fire takes fuel, food restores health, and every resource must be hunted, collected, or crafted. Battle to the top of the leaderboards, as others try to beat your longest survival run.

“The studio is celebrating with all Tomb Raider fans, thanking them for being on Lara’s 20 year journey with us,” said Scot Amos, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “The team has packed in surprises, new story, and the top requested special features into this 20 Year Celebration edition.”

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (PS4) includes:

  • Award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Brutal new “Extreme Survivor” difficulty mode (no checkpoints)
  • “Blood Ties” & “Lara’s Nightmare” premium DLC
  • Co-op support for “Endurance Mode”, challenging players to survive extreme conditions with a friend
  • Re-envisioned cold-weather outfit and weapon for Lara inspired by Tomb Raider III
  • Classic Lara card pack which will allow fans to play “Expedition Modes” using one of several classic Lara models
  • All existing DLC including “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch” and “Cold Darkness Awakened”, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, 35 Expedition Cards, and more 
  • Support for PlayStation VR that challenges players to unlock the mysteries of Croft Manor in first person

“This year we celebrate 20 years of the iconic Lara Croft,” said Ron Rosenberg, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “This provided the perfect opportunity for us to deliver a new Tomb Raider experience. With the addition of PlayStation VR support, you can play the world through Lara’s eyes for the first time in franchise history.”

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is the most comprehensive edition to date and will be available for the PlayStation 4 on October 11 worldwide. Existing Season Pass holders on Xbox One and PC will receive the “Blood Ties” upgrade for free. Check out our FAQ on the official forums for additional information.

Pre-order Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration on PlayStation 4 today at BuyROTTR.com.


This is what I was working on just before I left the game industry.  I did a lot of Lara’s parkour, acrobatic, and ‘big jump’ animations, as well as the T-Rex and other monsters.

It’s a runner, but the team went to lengths to try to take it a level or two beyond just a runner.  This trailer doesn’t even show what combat looks like, actually (the Apple store has rules about showing firearms).

Anyway, it just went into soft release in parts of Europe and should be available stateside soon for Apple and Android devices.  Very excited for the Simutronics team who worked so hard on this!  Love you guys!

Rise of the Tomb Raider - Update

Dear Tomb Raider Community,

As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio.

Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past - we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.

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 have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4.

We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we’ll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we’re going all out to try and make something truly special - the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built.


Darrell Gallagher
Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios

*Questions or comments? Post them below in Disqus, and we will answer what we can in an FAQ*

UPDATE - August 16th, 2014

Thank you for all of the feedback and questions. There has been a lot of coverage about Rise of the Tomb Raider, and a new round of articles including Phil Spencer’s Kotaku article in which he mentions that our deal has a duration. We are focused on making the game as great as it can be. If you haven’t read that article yet, you can do so here.

UPDATE - August 22nd, 2014

Rise of the Tomb Raider FAQ posted here.