Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 Pro Trailer Released, PSVR Mode Detailed

September 23, 2016 Written by Alex Co

In case you didn’t know — and chances are you doRise of the Tomb Raider will be one of the many games that will experience some of that PS4 Pro magic when it’s released later this year. Watch Lara explore ruins in what Sony calls the “world premiere 4K in-game footage on PlayStation 4 Pro” of Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Rise of the Tomb Raider won’t just be getting PS4 Pro support, but PlayStation VR features as well. Over on the official PlayStation Blog, Sony details what players can experience in Rise of the Tomb Raider’s PSVR mode. Called “Blood Ties,” it’s a side-quest selectable from the main menu and is “purely explorative content” that takes place in Croft Manor.

Chronologically positioned part-way through the main story and selectable as one of a handful of additional extras from the main menu, this side-quest sees Lara returning home to unravel a family mystery. Croft needs to explore her surroundings, piece together clues, and uncover secrets to learn how to reclaim the dilapidated Croft Manor as her own.

Blood Ties is a purely explorative piece of content, though you can revisit the location in a separate, action-heavy, supernatural zombie-plagued variant, Lara’s Nightmare. And while Blood Ties is playable in standard third-person as well, it’s best experienced in first-person with PlayStation VR. That said, it is worth testing the former before diving into the latter; if only to reinforce just how seismic a difference PlayStation VR makes.

Aside from inspecting items to solve mini puzzles using the DualShock 4 and PSVR, players can expect Easter eggs harking back to even past entries in the franchise, For PSVR, Rise of the Tomb Raider will have two control modes:

There are two control schemes for the VR experience: free mode and comfort mode. The first is akin to the standard Tomb Raider controls, but it’s the second that we use today. Holding LT and pointing the controller will allow you to place a virtual transparent Lara anywhere in your field of vision. A tap of RT will teleport you to that point. Repeatedly press the shoulder buttons to make a 360° pan in small degree increments. It’s quickly intuitive.

If you’re one of the many people picking up a PSVR next month and a PS4 Pro in November, Rise of the Tomb Raider might be one of the best showcase games for both new toys, no?

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be out this October 11 for the PS4.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]