Square Enix has been causing a lot of buzz in the gaming community with their reboot of Tomb Raider, the ground-breaking 3D platformer series that has helped popularize the genre. While previous installments have made protagonist Lara Croft a butt-kicking adventurer with ample sex appeal, this reboot paints her in a darker, more visceral light. Originally set for a fall 2012 release, the game was unfortunately pushed back until March 2013, much to the disappointment of many gamers. While the release date is still a few months away, the first wave of information regarding pre-orders bonuses has just been announced. Interestingly, what bonuse you receive will depend entirely on which retailer you choose to order it from. Read the information below and decide which incentive you like best.
Square Enix has confirmed that three of the largest retailers of video game media will have access to their own pre-order bonus content, which includes both phsyical items and in-game content. The bonuses are outlined below:
- Gamestop: Receive an in-game expansion called the “Challenge Tomb”, which will be a new environment in which Laura Croft must solve puzzles and defeat challenging enemies.
- Amazon: Those who pre-order through Amazon will receive 32 page art book created by Brian Horton, art director of Tomb Raider. Also included will be the in-game “hunter skin”, which give Laura Croft camouflage, and a Kindle Fire app titled “The Final Hours of Tomb Raider.” This gives you an interactive look into the creation of the franchise, and it is hosted by video game journalist Geoff Keighley.
- Best Buy: The pre-order bonus for Best Buy will be a 48 page graphic novel titled “Tomb Raider: The Beginning”, written by Rhianna Pratchett, who wrote the story for the game. Also included is an exclusives skin called “Aviatrix.” This will give Laura Croft the appearance of a 1930’s adventurer.
These bonuses are retailer-specific, so each outlet will have their own exclusives to offer to those who pre-order the game. Square Enix has specified that this is the “first wave”, which leaves the door open for more to be announced as we get closer to launch. It should also be noted that these items are independent of the Collector’s Edition, the details of which are expected to be announced shortly. Tomb Raider is schedule for release on March 5, 2013 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC platforms.