Tomb Raider Definitive Edition: No PC Version Planned, Will Add 'Incredible Fidelity' in Next-Gen Consoles
By Aditya Bhat | January 7, 2014 10:51 PM EST
The much-awaited, upcoming video game Tomb Raider Definitive Edition will not be getting a PC version. This was revealed in a series of FAQs posted on the forums of Eidos Games.
"Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was designed and rebuilt from the ground up for next-generation consoles. At this time a PC update is not planned," a post said.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition releases on 28 January.
The game not having a PC version has generated strong reactions among some of the fans. "This is BS. I could have understood having to buy the game over for a new console as it is radically different hardware but not for PC. Not having this as an upgrade for the PC version is plain old insulting..." said ecktt.
Meanwhile, Scot Amos, executive producer of Tomb Raider, has said Definitive Edition is a breath of fresh air to the Tomb Raider series and makes use of the improved state of technology.
"With the power of next-gen consoles, we've been able to make upgrades to visual and environmental storytelling. Lara now has this real-life wow factor. We've remapped her whole face, her textures have changed and they now react to what happens to her - when she gets wet, when she gets muddied, when she's covered in blood..." said Amos in an interview to Polygon.
There is more density in the game world with developers being able to add more vegetation that will react to their surroundings. Players will also be able to see raindrops that get illuminated by lightning and dynamic smoke coming out of a building that caught fire. Developers Crystal Dynamics has made the environment react to wind, and Lara Croft's weapons, like the climbing axe, move while she walks. The TressFX simulates the hair-physics of Croft in the game.
"It sounds small, but we see it as a package. It adds this incredible fidelity that we weren't able to do before," said Amos.
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition will release on 28 January for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and costs $60. It has also been stated there will not be any discounts to owners of the original game and saves or achievements/trophies cannot be transferred from the original game to the new one.
Definitive Edition will also include all the DLCs that were available to the original game. It will also contain a digital comic book, digital art book and a documentary series, called The Final Hours of Tomb Raider.
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