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Tomb Raider reboot introduces multiplayer gameplay

Lara Croft has always been a bit of a solitary figure, plunging into caverns and temples on her own and facing down everything from tigers to dinosaurs without any back up. For her upcoming reboot in the simply titled Tomb Raider, she'll be dipping a toe in online multiplayer for the first time in her history. The closest the series has come was the 2010 downloadable title, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, a top-down puzzle platformer which featured two-player co-operative play.

The news was revealed in the new issue of Official Xbox Magazine, flagged up by Tomb Raider brand manager Karl Stewart on Twitter. "OK, so after all the speculation..yes it's true," he tweeted.

"Tomb Raider will include a multiplayer offering thanks to the hard work of our sister-studio, the hugely talented Eidos Montreal," added Meagan Marie, community manager of Crystal Dynamics, on the official forums. "The team at Eidos Montreal has been working away at the multiplayer while we focused everything on the single-player offering," she explained. The Eidos Montreal studio previously developed the superb 2011 Game of the Year candidate, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, so it's clear Lara's multiplayer is far more than just a throwaway extra.

Eidos will be revealing more info about the multiplayer modes, including who you'll be playing as, over the next month. The long-awaited Tomb Raider relaunch is now only a few months away. It's out on March 5th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Published: 02/01/2013

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