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Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics are still putting in the hours and pumping out content for last year's Shadow of the Tomb Raider for home consoles and PC. The latest bit of content takes Lara back to the old Croft Manor, which has popped up quite a few times in past games, but gets a far more prominent place in the actual gameplay with the new expansion called The Nightmare.
The tweet that was posted on the official Tomb Raider Twitter account seems to point toward a spooky mission for Lara to undertake where it mentions she'll be facing off against "familiar enemies" and "fallen friends," which sounds like some sort of zombie horror experience given that she's killed a lot of foes and plenty of her friends have died as well (especially in the first rebooted game back in 2013).
There's an accompanying five second teaser, which actually isn't much of a teaser other than some fog scooting across the screen while Lara is in a graveyard in front of the Croft Manor with an iron gate looming just down the pathway. The silhouette of the manor in the background, lit up only by the lights from inside the house shining through the windows.
Now, as mentioned at the top of the article, the Croft Manor has been featured throughout the Tomb Raider series quite a few times. In the older Tomb Raider games, it was used as a training facility, but in the rebooted series, there were some DLC campaigns and mini-missions based around exploring Croft Manor and uncovering some of its secrets. In fact, there were a couple of segments in Shadow of the Tomb Raider dedicated to the giant English estate.
We don't get to see what Lara will be facing off against in the new content, nor what sort of challenges will await gamers, but the description and the name definitely sounds like something that might involve zombies. But would they really drop a horror-themed DLC called "The Nightmare" outside of October? That seems like an odd choice, or maybe there's more to it than meets the eye?
The new DLC is set to arrive on January 22 and will be free for anyone who owns the season pass for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The season pass was also included in select versions of the game on different platforms. For instance, if you bought the deluxe edition or the collector's edition, you would automatically gain access to the season pass and the additional DLC.