SQUARE ENIX, the gang that brought us all the Final Fantasy series as well as Hitman have announced what’s under the hood (or in the tin, as it were) for the upcoming release of another major franchise: Tomb Raider.
Yes, Lara Croft returns to our consoles in early 2013 with a brand new Tomb Raider adventure, and it’s being released in a new Collector’s Edition kit! Take a look at what you get:
Looks pretty sweet, doesn’t it? And here’s the official word from SQUARE ENIX as to what’s in the box:
Designed to bring fans closer to Lara Croft’s journey within the game, the North American TOMB RAIDER Collector’s Edition features premium packaging–a replica survival tin recovered from the ill-fated expedition ship, “Endurance”–and the following:
Play Arts -KAI- Lara Croft figurine – Lara Croft has been beautifully recreated as an 8-inch Play Arts -KAI- action figure. The figure comes with an alternate set of three hands, bow and arrow, shotgun, handgun, and an ice axe.
Double-sided island map and poster – Discover Key Landmarks from the mysterious island of Yamatai, where Lara Croft and her fellow castaways were marooned after the Endurance shipwreck, in this 15” x 19” poster. On the reverse is a poster-size image of the box art that epitomizes Lara’s origin story.
Lithographic print – An exclusive 5” x 7” Lara Croft heavy-stock lithograph print with matte frame designed by Crystal Dynamic’s Brian Horton, senior art director, and Brenoch Adams, concept artist.
Experience Shields –Three iron-on badges based on the game’s experience icons: “Animal Instincts,” the “Climbing Axe” and “Fire Arrow.”
TOMB RAIDER Original Soundtrack ‘Survivalist Cut’– A collection of 10 tracks with over 60 minutes of music from the game.
Weapons Pack Downloadable Content – includes a variety of weapons to help Lara survive against the island’s inhabitants.
Tomb Raider has been one of the video game mainstays over the years, and has been one of the few video game franchises to make the leap to the big screen where the movie didn’t completely stink (I’m looking at you, Street Fighter)! In this new game, Lara’s voice is being provided by British actress Camilla Luddington, who most people will know from the shows Californication (where she played Lizzie) and True Blood (where she played Claudette).
SQUARE ENIX has announced that the box set will be available on March 5, 2013, for both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 at a cost of $99, and a PC Collector’s Edition version will follow (but no details have been released yet). Sorry to say, this announcement came from SQUARE ENIX North America, so for those Lara Croft fans across the pond and elsewhere you may not be receiving the same collector’s tin as the US.
What do you think? Is another Tomb Raider game something you’re excited about? Do the extras being packaged with the game make it worth the additional cost?