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Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have released a new trailer for the Croft Manor DLC in a quest called "Blood Ties". The new content is for Rise of the Tomb Raider on both PC and the Xbox One, and you can get a look at the new content ahead of its release.
The video was posted up over on the Xbox YouTube channel. It clocks in at just under two minutes, featuring Lara narrating the trailer and her fond memories of the manor.
This isn't the same Croft Manor from Tomb Raider 2, though. There's no old man butler creepily roaming around as players navigate the grounds. Instead, the Croft Manor is depicted as a dilapidated place, full of ruin and sadness. It's all part of that grim-dark theme that the Tomb Raider reboots have wallowed in since coming back in 2013.
The design of the giant, somewhat elegant but definitely rundown house has an air of horror about it. The hallways are dark and abandoned. Wind bellows through the open windows as the curtains flutter with advanced cloth-physics in response. Nixxes and Crystal Dynamics put the lighting and shaders on full display in the trailer, with lots of blue hues and shadows dancing across the walls.
The trailer takes a decidedly darker turn when Lara discovers a hidden passageway in the mansion that eventually turns into a nightmare. Like most media these days, the new DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider introduces zombies into the fold... yes, zombies.
The mansion turns into a playground of destruction, with players having to guide Lara through and past all manner of different types of the undead, including Spartans, soldiers, and the typical zombie carcass.
The "Blood Ties" story in Rise of the Tomb Raider seems to center around the exploration of the Croft Manor where-as "Lara's Nightmare" seems to center around defending the manor from all manner of the walking dead.
The people in the comment section aren't entirely thrilled with the whole zombies DLC, calling it "tired" and "lame". The zombie gimmick has been worn out pretty badly. I thought we would get more supernatural material like werewolves or dinosaurs this gen, but other than The Order 1886 and a few copycat clones of ARK: Survival Evolved, most companies seem to be sticking closely with the whole zombie trend.
Based on the video above, it doesn't appear as if there are any new weapons, but gamers who bought the season pass for Rise of the Tomb Raider can look to get their hands on the new DLC starting in October.
Most people are also expecting the game to release on the PlayStation 4 this fall. Whether or not the PS4 will also get the DLC remains to be seen, but it's highly unlikely. The DLC also won't be available for Xbox 360 owners.