The news surfaced thanks to a Twitter posting by the Official Xbox Magazine, but Eidos community manager Meagan Marie has confirmed the reveal to be 100 percent true: This year’s Tomb Raider will include multiplayer!
Posting on the Eidos forums, Marie wrote:
“Very exciting news to (finally) confirm to you guys! Lara’s on the February cover of OXM, paired with a big announcement. Tomb Raider will include a multiplayer offering thanks to the hard work of our sister-studio, the hugely talented Eidos Montreal.”
Before any misgivings towards the inclusion of multiplayer in a singleplayer-focussed game could sprout, Marie attempted to quell the throngs, saying:
“The team at Eidos Montreal has been working away at the multiplayer while we focused everything on the single-player offering.”
“I know you all will have dozens and dozens of questions – hang in there,” Marie continued. “OXM has the exclusive details for now. We’ll have lots of information coming out of CES in early January.”
Eidos Montreal, you’ll remember, is the studio behind 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, as well as the upcoming Thief 4. A few details revealed in the pages of the latest edition of OXM reveal that Tomb Raider multiplayer will include at least two game modes (team deathmatch and something called ‘Rescue’), with a third hinted at (called ‘Cry for Help’), as well as character customisation.
Players will take on the role of scavengers and shipwreck survivors (but not Lara Croft herself) while scrambling and climbing over a variety of exotic and dangerous locales ridden with traps.
We’re not going to scoop OXM’s exclusive (too much), and we hope to find out a whole lot more about Tomb Raider’ multiplayer modes and features following CES this year (which takes place from January 8th through to the 11th).
Tomb Raider is out on March 5th, and if you need to know more about this exciting action adventure title don’t miss El33tonline’s previous coverage of the game, and be sure to flip through El33tonline EiC Lisa’s Tomb Raider previews, interviews and hands-on reports, too: