Eidos Interactive have today confirmed that Lara Croft will be coming to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 via downloadable episodic content which is the first time that a full-retail title will be available on Xbox Live Marketplace.
The game will come in four episodes with the first and second part being released in September with the third and fourth episodes to swing in to action shortly after.
Jane Cavanagh, Chief Executive for Edios has commented;
We have created this version of Anniversary specifically for digital distribution as episodic content. This is part of our strategy to grow our presence in online and digital distribution as we believe there are huge growth opportunities arising from this delivery format and we intend to capitalize on the increasing demand for digitally downloaded content. Lara has always been at the forefront of technology and this world first initiative with Microsoft really highlights that fact. Ultimately we also intend to make the title available at retail so that it reaches the maximum possible audience.”
George Peckham, General Manager of 3rd Party Publisher for Microsoft’s Xbox Division has also commented;
“We’re continuing to break new ground in getting incredible gaming experiences in the hands of consumers. We’re excited to be able to deliver one of the most well-recognized franchises in video game history with Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary to our more than six million Xbox Live members worldwide in the form of episodic content.”
Tomb Raider: Anniversary has been critically acclaimed and is currently in pole position in the United Kingdom, Germany and France on PC platform.
While a Nintendo Wii version is currently in development their will also be a PSP version due sometime soon.
To be able to play Tomb Raider: Anniversary you will need to own a copy of Tomb Raider: Legend to access the downloadable content (DLC). Episodes will cost 600 Microsoft Points each (2,400 Microsoft Points for all four Episodes) although the Croft Manor Level will be FREE. Expect Themes and Picture Packs shortly.
We can’t wait until Lara Croft bounces [careful -Ed] her way on to our screens this September. Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.