Xbox 360 to get exclusive Tomb Raider DLC

Xbox 360 to get exclusive Tomb Raider DLC

The new Tomb Raider game, Underworld, will follow directly on from Legend and continue Lara's story.

Eidos is backing the Xbox 360 it seems when it comes to the console wars, promising exclusive DLC for the platform after Tomb Raider: Underworld is released.

The downloadable content will be in the form of two stand-alone game episodes that continue the story of Underworld. Each episode is said to be six hours in playing length.

Tomb Raider: Underworld is the eighth game in series, but only the third game to be developed by Crystal Dynamics after the franchise was moved to a different developer. Underworld will continue the story of Lara Croft and her attempts to break into the realm of Avalon in search of her mother, a plot line that was opened in Crystal Dynamic's first game, Legend.

The first of the two planned episodes is to be titled Beneath the Ashes and will be available on Xbox Live before Christmas. Beneath the Ashes will feature a totally new game area to explore, with more secrets and a storyline that ties into the main game.

The second game is the more controversial of the two and, titled Lara's Shadow, it will be available in early 2009. This episode is set to offer a slightly different experience however, casting players as a new playable character. Judging by known characters in the new series and the title of the episode, the smart money is on the new character being Amanda, Legend's main evil-doer.

Tomb Raider: Underworld is set to introduce a whole load of new features to the series, including open environments and a persistent world. The game itself is set for a release on pretty much every platform except for the PSP and should be out by the end of November.

Until then though, you can check out our latest Tomb Raider: Underworld preview of the game, oggle at the new Lara model or go ahead and tell us your thoughts in the forums.


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cjoyce1980 7th October 2008, 10:46 Quote
the 360 is leading the way with exclusive DLC for the third parties... i think sony have lost the plot some where
Fod 7th October 2008, 10:49 Quote
ooooh, exlcusive. sounds exclusive.
Joeymac 7th October 2008, 11:00 Quote
I have a question.
The old article from February says they intended the game to have 8 levels.. so does this mean there's now 10 (if 360 owners are willing to pony up the dough) or is there still 8 and only 6 are included on the retail game?
CardJoe 7th October 2008, 11:05 Quote
I think it's 8 +2, not 6 +2.
dyzophoria 7th October 2008, 12:15 Quote
actually adventure games like this, somehow blend well with the console :), its been 2 years almost since I got my 360, and I havent still got the hang of FPS games on it, but adventure games I've been enjoying alot. time to save up for the TR game on the 360 then
Joeymac 7th October 2008, 12:40 Quote
Originally Posted by CardJoe
I think it's 8 +2, not 6 +2.

Ok, that's good then. With the DLC it's always a question of whether they make the game then cut out content for sale later... or make the game the best it can be and then keep working in-order to offer further content down the road.

People don't like to be screwed over and a bit of transparency about DLC would go a long way. I think there are publishers which cut content to make money this way coughEAcough..... it's a slippery slope.
themax 7th October 2008, 13:15 Quote
Skipping this one. I'de rather buy one of the many exclusive titles releasing between PS3/360 than buy a gimped version because they pander to Sony or MS on the extra content (Mirror's Edge for PS3, Tomb Raider/Fallout 3 for Xbox).
fargo 7th October 2008, 14:35 Quote
I believe steam will offer underworld so they may get DLC as well hope so!
rollo 7th October 2008, 16:48 Quote
no one really buys DLC stuff anyway not the mass market at least
devdevil85 7th October 2008, 17:38 Quote
Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
the 360 is leading the way with exclusive DLC for the third parties... i think sony have lost the plot some where
Unbelieveable. You see this as good thing? They're giving gamers a gimped version just so they can exclusively sell 360 owners levels that should have come to begin with. Also, why is MS pouring resources into 3rd party titles vs. their own 1st party titles? Were they not confident that 360 owners would buy this game w/o the extra-cost levels or something? I mean achievements alone should be enough to keep 360 owners buying the 360 version, even if they own a PS3, so again, what's the point?

Now had they offered these levels exclusively for free or something, then I'd see this as good news, but that's not the case. Thank you Sony for not wasting your money on 3rd party titles like this, now just continue using it to make more games like LBP..... 9th October 2008, 00:02 Quote
As soon as Angilena Jolie left the scene so did I.
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