Rise of the Tomb Raider Release Date: What Should You Buy?

Microsoft, makers of the Xbox One and Xbox 360 has only a few cards left to play this holiday season. It spent the early fall delivering exclusives like Forza 6 and Halo 5: Guardians. Now it plans to walk away with higher sales than in years past with a New Xbox One Experience software update and Rise of The Tomb Raider. The new software update is exciting, but Rise of The Tomb Raider is where all the attention is.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider leaves the tropical setting of Tomb Raider behind for the frigid wilderness of Siberia, Russia. Having survived the last game’s adventure, Lara is circling the world, looking for artifacts and discovering mythical powers she once scoffed at her father for pursing. Crafting is more important than it’s ever been before. A day and night cycle makes even venturing away from camp at night a dangerous, but sometimes necessary ordeal. Croft is looking for the secret to internal life; she won’t stop until she finds it.

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The Rise of the Tomb Raider release date is almost here. Here’s what you need to know now if you plan on picking up the game.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Release Date

The Rise of the Tomb Raider release date is November 10th. On that day, Xbox One and Xbox 360 users will be able to pick up a copy of the game in stores or online directly through the Xbox Store. Microsoft is publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider, keeping the release to itself for a year’s time. The game will come to Windows PCs and Sony’s PS4, but not until 2016.

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The Different Editions of Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider Standard

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Physical copies of Rise of the Tomb Raider sell for $59.99 at GameStop, Wal-Mart and other stores that carry games. Anyone who purchases the base game will need to install the game on their hard drive before they can play. Microsoft has a digital standard edition copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider available directly through the Xbox Store too.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will only cost $49.99 on the Xbox 360. Presumably, that’s because it’s a less robust game than what users get on Xbox One.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition

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Available for deliver on release day is the $149.99 Rise of The Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition. This version of the game includes physical trinkets for die-hard Tomb Raider fans. A physical copy of the game comes in a Steel Case with etchings inspired by the game itself. Also included are replicas of the journal that Lara writes in throughout the series and a necklace that’s modeled after the necklace Lara wears. The highlight of the bundle is a 12-inch statue of Lara carrying her pick axe and bow.

Unfortunately, Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition is available on in the Square Enix Store, and only for the Xbox One.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Deluxe Edition

Available only through the Xbox Store, there’s the Rise of the Tomb Raider Deluxe Edition bundle. For $89.99, gamers get the title itself and access to any forthcoming content with a Season Pass. Anyone who pre-orders this version gets a character outfit made of animal skins and armor pieces dating back to the Byzantine Empire. The armor lets Lara heal without using resources. Lara also gets increased resilience to guns.

Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Bundle

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Selling for $399 on the Rise of the Tomb Raider release date is the Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Bundle.

The bundle comes with two digital games, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition and Rise of the Tomb Raider. The console included with the bundle does have an exclusive paint job or design, but does have 1TB of storage. Buyers get the Tactical Survival Kit Content Pack, items that let Lara “craft special ammunition” and a compound bow for dealing heavy damage.  

[ Pre-order the Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Bundle from the Microsoft Store ]

Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass

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Developers release new content after a game has arrived. It’s a ritual at this point. The $29.99 Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass lets users download every piece of new content as its released to Xbox Live. What’s more, Season Pass buyers should get a discount when compared to buying every piece of add-on content separately.

[ Purchase the Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass from Amazon ]

Rise of the Tomb Raider Pre-Order Bonuses

GameStop

Retailer GameStop has two notable exclusive items when purchasing Rise of the Tomb Raider there ahead of release. Anyone who pre-orders the game gets a special poster in store. This poster won’t be available anywhere else.

Also included are the Apex Predator Outfit for killing large animals for crafting easily, a hand canon and a fire card pack with matching abilities for Lara.

Amazon

Amazon has the Hope’s Bastion Outfit to make Lara’s bow even more lethal, an axe skin for powering up melee abilities and a power-up for additional armor.

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Best Buy

Best Buy Rise of the Tomb Raider shoppers get a The Sparrowhawk Pack. This pack comes with an outfit, recurve bow and extra journal pages. This outfit boosts Lara’s hunting abilities.

Xbox Store

Anyone who pre-orders ahead of the Rise of the Tomb Raider release date on the Xbox One itself gets the Remnant Resistance Pack, complete with healing and extra  gunshot resistance.

Good luck with your Rise of the Tomb Raider purchase.