Feel like you’ve seen everything the wilderness of Rise of the Tomb Raider has to offer? Well, think again. Today, Crystal Dynamics launched the first of three big expansions planned for the game, kicking things off with “Endurance Mode.”
Arriving today on the Xbox One, Endurance Mode is a pretty self-explanatory title for what will likely be Lara Croft’s most difficult challenge to date. As the DLC’s description explains, you’ll be left in the wild to fend for yourself, hunting, scavenging and crafting what you need to survive.
Think of it as a sort of Tomb Raider version of Don’t Starve and you’re on the right track.
This is her ultimate woman-versus-wild test to push the limits of how long she can survive on her own in sprawling, unforgiving landscapes. Fire takes fuel, cold kills the unprepared, food restores health, but everything must be caught, collected, or crafted. You start with nothing and must find everything.
Even cooler is the fact that you’ll be able to challenge your friends within Endurance Mode, giving everyone a chance to battle for bragging rights in an effort to survive the longest. The Endurance Mode DLC also includes a new outfit and weapon to use within the regular game.
If you’re looking to pick up Mrs. Croft’s latest challenge, it’ll set you back 10 bucks by itself. Otherwise, you can grab it as part of the Rise of the Tomb Raider season pass, which costs $29.99. That bundle also comes with a couple of other expansions that won’t be available until sometime in 2016, including Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, and Cold Darkness Awakened.
If you want to see Endurance Mode in action, then here’s some tutorial footage from Roli’s Tomb Raider Channel on Youtube. That should give you a good idea of what you’ll be up against once you download the DLC.
As noted above, you need to own an Xbox One if you plan on playing Rise of the Tomb Raider. Launched this past November, the game is enjoying a timed exclusivity on Microsoft’s new console. The game will arrive on PC and PlayStation 4 sometime next year, though the date of that launch is still in question. If we had to make a guess, we’re thinking you can expect to see Lara leap platforms around the time a “Game of the Year” edition of Rise of the Tomb Raider is launched, coming with the standard game and all of this DLC packed in.