Earlier last week, the Inquisitr reported that Microsoft would be revealing a new Xbox One bundle each day this week. Well, the first bundle has been officially unveiled to the surprise of no one, with Microsoft lifting the curtain on their Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One bundle.
The new Rise of the Tomb Raider bundle, as revealed on Xbox Wire, is set to come with a copy of both the upcoming entry in the Tomb Raider series, but also the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition remaster of the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. This makes perfect sense, as Microsoft is currently giving Tomb Raider Definitive Edition to players with Xbox Live Gold memberships at the moment, but the inclusion of the game also allows newcomers a chance to experience the title that set the newly-minted franchise back in motion.
The Rise of the Tomb Raider bundle also includes a 1 TB hard drive, giving players more room to store their games. In addition to the added storage, players who pick up the Rise of the Tomb Raider bundle will also be given a special character and weapon skin for Lara in the upcoming Xbox One timed exclusive, dubbed the Tactical Survival Kit Content Pack, as detailed by Microsoft.
“Featuring epic, high-octane action moments set in the most beautiful and hostile environments on earth, Rise of the Tomb Raider delivers a cinematic survival action adventure where you will join Lara Croft on her first tomb raiding expedition as she seeks to discover the secret of immortality. The Tactical Survivor Pack, available exclusively in the Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One bundle, equips Lara with a new outfit, upgraded abilities and spec-ops tactical gear taken from enemy forces.”
The upcoming Xbox One bundle is due out on November 3, at a price of $399.
Rise of the Tomb Raider was given its first performance pass through since the game has been announced, thanks to a Digital Foundry analysis of raw gameplay footage. In the footage, it was found that while much of the game does run at 30 frames per second, the game does encounter periodic bottlenecks where performance buckles. While this may not be indicative of the final code, it is a little disheartening to see a game so close to its launch unable to fully hit its 30-fps render target consistently, especially given the Xbox One is the lead platform in Rise of the Tomb Raider’s development.
Digital Foundry also noted that while the game is presented at a full 1080p, cutscenes in Rise of the Tomb Raider appear to be operating at a lower resolution. Additionally, low texture filtering gives some surfaces a blurry, dull look at normal gaming angles, obscuring the overall quality of the scene. However, these observations are made with unfinished code, so hopefully the final build of Rise of the Tomb Raider will have a much cleaner, more consistent 1080P30 presentation.
Future bundles are on the way for Xbox, with a new one being revealed tomorrow. With the Forza 6, Halo 5: Guardians, and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, bundles already unveiled, it might be interesting to see a Fable: Legends bundle to complete the “Greatest game lineup in history,” as Microsoft is wont to tell fans constantly this summer. Other bundles could also include an upcoming Assassin’s Creed and Fallout 4 bundle, but this is pure speculation at the moment. It’s unlikely that Xbox One could see a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 or Star Wars: Battlefront bundle, since those bundles already exist with Sony’s PlayStation 4.
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