Rise of the Tomb Raider – DLC Plans announced

I told the witch doctor….

Crystal Dynamics released a brief trailer for the first DLC coming to Rise of the Tomb Raider last night, and now we have a schedule for the rest of the year. First up is a new Survival mode coming on December 29th. This appears to be a one life game that challenges you to hunt and survive for as long as you can. Whether or not this is a new playthrough of the story or a new area entirely is unclear. The description can be found below.

Alone and in the wild, Lara must scrounge, scavenge, craft and survive the harsh elements by day, as well as lethal threats from enemies, both man and beast, by night. This is her ultimate woman-versus-wild test to push the limits of how long she can survive on her own in sprawling, unforgiving landscapes. Fire takes fuel, cold kills the unprepared, food restores health, but everything must be caught, collected, or crafted. You start with nothing and must find everything. Challenge friends to your longest survival run and battle to the top of the leaderboards for the title of Ultimate Survivor. Includes a new outfit and weapon.

Next up is the first major DLC release for the game called Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch. This DLC will add additional hours of gameplay by being a new campaign to explore and expand the original story. It is full of creepy elements that look like something out of a Halloween movie set. No release date has been set yet, but it will be available in early 2016. The teaser trailer and description can be viewed below.

Deep in the wilds of Siberia, there is a forbidden forest that no man will enter, where a Soviet expedition vanished without a trace. Lara enters the Wicked Vale in search of a missing man, but what she finds is a nightmare that she cannot explain. Is the witch, Baba Yaga, truly haunting the forbidden forest? Or is there more to the legend? Featuring hours of new gameplay, this adventure expands the story of the main campaign with Lara facing deadly new adversaries, exploring a new puzzle-filled tomb, and solving a decades old mystery, all culminating in a showdown with an ancient and mythic evil. Includes a new outfit, and a new bow.

The second large DLC drop is called Cold Darkness Awakened. It will release sometime in 2016 with no set date. There is no information available except for the provided description so go ahead and read that.

Decommissioned during the Cold War, a dormant weapons research base has been breached, unleashing a mysterious affliction into the Siberian wilds that transforms beasts and men into blood-thirsty, mindless killers. Lara must overcome increasingly dangerous waves of these infected predators while scrounging their equipment and crafting additional gear on the fly, in kill or be killed survival-combat. Fight for your life against new enemies and complete new challenges, while discovering a way to stop or perhaps even reverse this impending catastrophe. Includes a new outfit and weapon.

Additional Card packs, weapon skins and outfits are planned to release along with these DLC drops. Likely to fill in the gaps between story DLC.

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