Rise of the Tomb Raider Micro-Transactions Confirmed, Three Extra Game Modes Detailed

October 7, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

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After the Season Pass was detailed earlier today by the Xbox Store, developer Crystal Dynamics confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will include micro-transactions, as well as extra game modes.

Saying that you’ll find “over 30 hours of play to fully complete Rise of the Tomb Raider by finding every relic, completing every challenge, and exploring every tomb, crypt, and cave,” Crystal Dynamics explained the extra game modes that will have you revisiting RotTR after getting 100%:

Extra Game Modes

At launch Rise of the Tomb Raider features three ways to replay the events of Lara’s first great tomb raiding expedition. They include:

  • Chapter Replay – Replay earlier chapters of the story. Complete challenges to earn credits.
  • Chapter Replay Elite – Replay earlier chapters of the story with your upgraded skills and equipment and complete challenges to earn credits.
  • Score Attack – Replay levels from the game with a new set of rules. Finish the level quickly for a time bonus. Chain together attacks, movements and collectibles to keep your multiplier high. Complete challenges and collect medals to earn credits!
  • Remnant Resistance – Replay Hub spaces with a new set of goals. Craft your own missions by choosing the objectives, enemies and more. Once you’ve mastered the mission, challenge friends and the community to beat your high score or play other custom missions created by the community.

RotTR also includes four difficulty modes, including the “brutally challenging Survivor difficulty.”

Going in-depth with those credits, they say you’ll earn them “by completing challenges and exploring the world.” You can then use the credits to purchase Expedition Card packs, which become modifiers in the extra game modes.

Crystal Dynamics adds:

Some Cards are humorous, such as Big Head Mode, while others can increase the challenge or give you special advantages. There are two types of Expedition Cards: Foil and Common. Foil Cards offer the strongest or strangest variations and can be used as many times as you wish. A Common Card can only be used once, and you’ll need to earn more credits to buy it back. Expedition Cards offer hundreds of ways to customize your Rise of the Tomb Raider experience. Uncover, unlock, experiment, and enjoy!

Over on the Xbox Wire, Creative Director Noah Hughes confirmed the micro-transactions by saying, “Expedition Cards can also be purchased with real-world currency.” In total, you can expect about 300 cards at launch on Xbox, with more added in the weeks following.

Rise of the Tomb Raider comes to PlayStation 4 in late 2016.

[Source: Tomb Raider Tumblr, Xbox Wire]