Square Enix Montréal has surprised Tomb Raider fans by announcing and launching Lara Croft GO on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita during PlayStation Experience 2016. The console version has dropped with an all-new story chapter titled, "Mirror of Spirits."Lara Croft GO is a cross-buy game, which means that by purchasing either the PS4 or PS Vita version gives buyers both versions. The cross-save feature allows players to have their save files stored in the cloud. That way, all progress is saved, and players can choose to enjoy the game either at home or while on the go without the hassle of replaying chapters.
The PlayStation version has also been revamped with new controls for the platform as well as additional puzzles and challenges that are part of the "Mirror of Spirits" expansion. Development of this new story chapter has been taken up by indie developer KO_OP. Antoine Routon, lead engineer and co-creative at Square Enix Montréal, says the game's transition to consoles is indicative of its quality in a statement to the press.
"We've partnered with the talented artists at KO_OP to deliver a new Lara Croft GO chapter all while retaining the spirit of the Lara Croft franchise. Extending Lara Croft GO beyond the mobile platforms is a testament to the game's success and our team is incredibly proud."Square Enix Montréal developed the base game in-house using Unity. PlayStation trophy hunters are also likely glad to hear the game is getting trophy support on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. There are 18 trophies in total, including one Secret Trophy, eight Gold Trophies, and a Platinum Trophy that can be obtained as a reward for earning all the other trophies. The trophy list, sans the secret one, is as follows:
Bronze TrophiesArchaeologist - "Find a Relic Fragment"Gathering moss - "Get crushed by a Boulder"Getting crafty - "Stack two Pillars"
Silver TrophiesAtlas of Beyond - "Discover the Atlas of BeyondInto the abyss - "Kill a creature by making it fall to its death"Key of Spirits - "Find the Key of Spirits"Key of Stones - "Find the Key of Stones"Master builder - "Stack three Pillars"
Gold TrophiesBack to reality - "Return from the Mirror of Spirits"Curator - "Complete all Relics"Déjà-vu - "Slay the same creature four times in a row"Historian - "Complete a Relic"Immortal no more - "Unearth the Shard of Life"Key of Snakes - "Find the Key of Snakes"Preservation Society - "Break all Vases"Put this apple on your head - "Throw a spear six nodes or farther"
The game launch is also part of Tomb Raider's 20th anniversary celebration. Rich Briggs, Global Brand Director at Crystal Dynamics, explains how the game fits into the year-long festivities.
"This has been a momentous time for Lara Croft, as the industry and gamers worldwide have joined us in celebrating The Year of Tomb Raider. Lara Croft first appeared on PlayStation in 1996, and 20 years later it's exciting to pay homage to this legacy by bringing Lara Croft GO to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita first."Earlier this year, Crystal Dynamics released Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration on PS4. The special edition includes all of the previously released DLC, plus an Endurance co-op multiplayer mode, "Lara's Nightmare" mode, and the single-player "Blood Ties" story chapter. Shortly after its launch on PlayStation consoles, Lara Croft GO has also been released on PC, via Steam, this weekend. The Steam release includes 17 Steam Achievements, Steam trading cards, and full controller support. The "Mirror of Spirits" expansion is confirmed to be coming to Steam in three months.
Additional information about an Xbox One version of Lara Croft GO has not been announced at this time, but a Windows 10 version is already available.
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