It’s been a long time coming, but Rise of the Tomb Raider is finally headed to the PlayStation 4 on October 11th. The game launches on Sony’s console almost a year after being originally released on Xbox One. It arrives in a new, 20 year celebration package, and sports an added VR mode, but will it be enough for Sony gamers to welcome Lara Croft into their homes this holiday season?
To answer that question, let’s take a look at a few key factors. First I haven’t played the PS4 version and I’m working with the assumption the PS4 port will be comparable to the critically acclaimed Xbox version released last year and won’t suffer any performance problems in porting. Assuming that, this version of ROTTR should be a more robust experience as it comes with all the DLC content released for the game. Not to mention the exclusive PSVR mode, allowing you to experience Croft Manor like never before.
While I know many fans were upset when it was originally announced ROTTR would be a timed exclusive for Xbox One, I feel a great game is a great game no matter when you play it. I understand gamers being upset at Square Enix for making the exclusivity deal with Microsoft. The rebooted 2013 Tomb Raider arrived on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at the same time. Part of the reason that game was a sales success was because of the many Sony gamers who purchased it on the PS3. If some feel like boycotting the release on consumer principle as a message to the publisher, by all means go for it. If with the time period elapsed you have lost interest or feel Uncharted 4 satiated all your treasure hunting needs for the year, I can understand.
Personally I am still excited to play ROTTR. Am I as excited as I was a year ago? No. But I still plan to purchase the game before year’s end, and as someone who doesn’t purchase DLC or season passes, I’m glad this version of the game has all the content in one convenient bundle.
Another key factor to consider how well it will perform on PS4 is of course, timing. On the positive side, more people have a PS4 now than they did a year ago, which means more potential consumers to purchase the game. While there are big 3rd party titles coming up in the next few months, Sony really doesn’t have any major 1st party titles to eat into potential sales. Furthermore, many of the big 3rd party offerings are FPS titles like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Titanfall 2 which offer vastly different gameplay experiences to Tomb Raider. Uncharted 4, the series most often compared to Tomb Raider, released earlier this year in May and I would imagine those hungry for Nathan Drake’s final chapter have already played the game.
On the negative side, absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder. Some gamers may have lost interest in Lara’s latest adventure or simply already experienced it on the Xbox One or PC. Because the game is a complete package, it comes with a complete price tag of $60 and some gamers might be saving their money for future holiday titles, PSVR, or may have already spent it on the recently released and heavily hyped Mafia III.
The original release of the game couldn’t have come at worse timing, as it arrived on the same day as the juggernaut that was Fallout 4. Almost a year later it is launching ahead of many big sellers, but the question remains will it be too late? Only time will tell (along with NPD charts) if Lara Croft will have a warm homecoming as she returns to PlayStation consoles.
Darius Purse is a Senior Writer at MONG and if you want to talk Games, TV, or MMA feel free to follow him on Twitter.