Square Enix Ltd. is making waves in the virtual reality (VR) scene, having made their debut earlier this year with a port of Hitman: GO for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR and now bringing two of their biggest franchises to PlayStation VR. At PAX West 2016, Seattle, the publisher will showcase Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’s VR gameplay mode to the public for the first time.
The ‘Tomb Raider VR Experience’, as it’s commonly known, will be presented on two fronts. Firstly in a panel entitled ‘Developing Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’ and secondly through a playable demonstration on the show floor. The details of these two opportunities to see the VR experience follow below, verbatim from Square Enix:
DEVELOPING RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER: 20 YEAR CELEBRATION
Friday 1:30-2:30 Wyvern Theater
Join members of the Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration development team as they chat about the latest title and the features that celebrate 20 years of Lara Croft®. Culminating with Lara’s landmark achievement of 20 years of an icon in gaming and pop-culture, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration releases later this year with nostalgic throwbacks like Croft Manor, classic outfits, and complex puzzles only those worthy of the Croft name can solve. Watch a sneak peak of the all-new PlayStation VR capabilities to explore Croft Manor, and have a look at Co-Op Endurance, a new mode where players can team up to survive the wilderness and gather relics and artifacts. Panelists: Greg Miller (Moderator), Noah Hughes, Franchise Creative Director; Chad Armstrong, Senior Designer; Alisha Thayer, Designer; Meagan Marie, Senior Community Manager
RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER: 20 Year Celebration
Platform: PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, Windows PC
Developer: Crystal Dynamics (a Square Enix Studio)
Available: October 11, 2016
Crystal Dynamics® and Square Enix continue to celebrate 20 years of Lara Croft, the gaming world’s iconic heroine, with Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. This new version will include the award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider game; a completely new story chapter entitled “Blood Ties”, new co-op Endurance gameplay, PlayStation VR support for “Blood Ties”, all of the previously released DLC, more outfits, weapons, and Expedition Cards. With the exception of VR support, all of the new content in Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will also be available for Xbox One and PC players. Current Season Pass owners on Xbox One and PC will automatically receive the content for free, and moving forward the existing Season Pass will be updated to include the new content. There is no Season Pass on PlayStation 4, as all of the content is included in the initial release.
Square Enix is also going heavy on presenting Final Fantasy XV at PAX West 2016, though no details about a potential showing of Final Fantasy XV: VR Experience have yet been announced. PAX West takes place 3rd – 5th September 2016, Seattle, and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on your chance to get hands-on with VR videogames.