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Monday, October 6th 2008, 6:08pm

Exclusive Content for XBox 360

Someone in the German part of the forum just reported a find on Eurogamer (a computer and video games website). According to their reporter Eidos is planning to release two additional chapters of Tomb Raider Underworld for XBox 360. They can be bought via the XBox marketplace.

Tomb Raider: Underworld - Beneath the Ashes
The first chapter will be called Beneath the Ashes and will come out on Christmas.

Tomb Raider: Underworld - Lara's Shadow
Lara's Shadow is supposed to feature a new playable character and come out early 2009.

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EIDOS AND XBOX ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOADABLE CHAPTERS FOR TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD
First New Chapter Rolls Out in Time for the Holidays with
Game Demo Available in October

Redwood City, Calif. – October 6, 2008 – Eidos Interactive, creator of some of the world’s leading video game properties, today announces an agreement with Microsoft to release two brand new downloadable chapters in the continuing Tomb Raider adventures of Lara Croft. Containing up to six hours of new gameplay and content for Tomb Raider: Underworld™, the chapters will be available exclusively on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®. A demo for Tomb Raider: Underworld will also be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace in October.
Offering entirely new content specifically designed to extend the Tomb Raider: Underworld experience, Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes and Tomb Raider: Underworld – Lara’s Shadow will deliver two very different single player gameplay experiences. Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes takes place after the Underworld story has finished and will feature an incredible new environment to explore, additional secrets to unlock and different enemies to fight. Tomb Raider: Underworld - Lara’s Shadow will introduce players to a new kind of playable character and create a unique Tomb Raider experience.
The first new chapter, Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes, will be available for download exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace this Christmas. Tomb Raider: Underworld – Lara’s Shadow will follow in early 2009.
“We are constantly looking at ways to extend our franchises, whilst developing a deeper relationship with our players. The retail release of any videogame is just the start of the player experience, from there it all depends where you want to take the player in terms of ideas and innovation,” said Sean Vesce, General Manager for Crystal Dynamics. . “With these additional chapters and the online reach of Xbox LIVE, we are able to deliver exclusive content to millions of gamers worldwide.”
“We’re thrilled that Xbox owners will be able to extend their Lara Croft adventures with exclusive Tomb Raider: Underworld episodes,” said George Peckham, General Manager of Global Third Party Publishing for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. “We look forward to continue working closely with our great publishing partners to deliver the most robust gaming experiences, only on Xbox 360.”
Tomb Raider: Underworld will release on Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Wii™, PlayStation®2, Nintendo DS, and PC Games for Windows platforms. With development led by Crystal Dynamics, developers of the recent Tomb Raider blockbusters, Tomb Raider: Underworld represents a new advancement in exploration-based gameplay. As the fearless adventurer Lara Croft, players explore, raid and solve the mysteries of exotic locations around the world, each designed in breathtaking high-definition visual fidelity that creates a truly believable world and delivers a new level of challenge and choice. Tomb Raider: Underworld is co-published by Eidos and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in North America and will be available in November. For more information, visit the official site at http://www.tombraider.com.


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Monday, October 6th 2008, 9:47pm

Right fantastic news, that is! Obvious thought, but I wonder what Beneath the Ashes will show us, and who the new playable character is. Hopefully - well, no doubt the character will have their own voice instead of Lara's and perhaps their own movement (the way they walk, run, etc.). Why do I have the feeling that the new character will be Kurtis Trent? I mean, "Lara's Shadow"?

Promising indeed.
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Monday, October 6th 2008, 9:49pm

Aw for chrissakes, here I spend 400€ on a PS3 and then I won't be able to play those? How silly is that? :(
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Monday, October 6th 2008, 9:52pm

http://kotaku.com/5059493/eidos-reveal-e…-underworld-dlc

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Lara’s latest tomb-raiding adventure will be expanded with the release of two sets of DLC exclusive to the Xbox 360, Eidos today announced. Tomb Raider: Underworld sees the lovely Lady Croft visiting Mexico, Thailand and the Mediterranean as well as getting to gripes with Norse mythology on her search for Thor’s Hammer.
The first – Beneath the Ashes - will hit Xbox Marketplace towards the end of December and continue Lara’s adventures after the main storyline of Underworld has finished. Featuring a new and exclusive area, players will be able to kill new enemies as well as uncover even more secrets.
The second pack with the even more mysterious moniker of Lara’s Shadow will be released in early 2009 and expand gameplay even more by introducing a new playable character. Lara’s Shadow …. Lara’s Shadow …. Hmm who could the new character be?
EIDOS AND XBOX ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOADABLE CHAPTERS FOR TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD
First New Chapter Rolls Out in Time for the Holidays with Game Demo Available in October
Monday 6th October/... Eidos Interactive, creator of some of the world’s leading video game properties, today announces an agreement with Microsoft to release two brand new downloadable chapters in the continuing Tomb Raider adventures of Lara Croft. Containing up to six hours of new gameplay and content for Tomb Raider: Underworld™, the chapters will be available exclusively on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®. A demo for Tomb Raider: Underworld will also be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace in October.
Offering entirely new content specifically designed to extend the Tomb Raider: Underworld experience, Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes and Tomb Raider: Underworld – Lara’s Shadow will deliver two very different single player gameplay experiences. Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes takes place after the Underworld story has finished and will feature an incredible new environment to explore, additional secrets to unlock and different enemies to fight. Tomb Raider: Underworld - Lara’s Shadow will introduce players to a new kind of playable character and create a unique Tomb Raider experience.
The first new chapter, Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes, will be available for download exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace this Christmas. Tomb Raider: Underworld – Lara’s Shadow will follow in early 2009.
“We are constantly looking at ways to extend our franchises, whilst developing a deeper relationship with our players. The retail release of any videogame is just the start of the player experience, from there it all depends where you want to take the player in terms of ideas and innovation,” said Sean Vesce. “With these additional chapters and the online reach of Xbox LIVE, we are able to deliver exclusive content to millions of gamers worldwide.”
“We’re thrilled that Xbox owners will be able to extend their Lara Croft adventures with exclusive ‘Tomb Raider: Underworld’ episodes,” said George Peckham, General Manager of Global Third Party Publishing for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. “We look forward to continue working closely with our great publishing partners to deliver the most robust gaming experiences, only on Xbox 360.”
Tomb Raider: Underworld will release on Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Wii™, PlayStation®2, Nintendo DS, and PC Games for Windows platforms. With development led by Crystal Dynamics, developers of the recent Tomb Raider blockbusters, Tomb Raider: Underworld™ represents a new advancement in exploration-based gameplay. As the fearless adventurer Lara Croft, players explore, raid and solve the mysteries of exotic locations around the world, each designed in breathtaking high-definition visual fidelity that creates a truly believable world and delivers a new level of challenge and choice. For more information, visit the official site at http://www.tombraider.com.
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Tuesday, October 7th 2008, 7:39pm

Those are good news for those who have XBox 360... Too bad I don't have it...

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Tuesday, October 7th 2008, 10:55pm

I read online that the new character chances are 50% Kurtis Trent and 50% Original Character.

EPIC. I mean, the word seems over used, but there's just nothing else to describe how Underworld is looking right now. I'll most likely prefer it to GTA IV, no doubt. Epic seems like the perfect word since they're taking Lara Croft to places unseen - locations and media otherwise.
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Wednesday, October 8th 2008, 2:35pm

I have always played Tomb Raider games on computer, so I can't imagine what it's like to play them on other console... But I'm happy that Underworld is going to be playable on so many diffrent platforms. :-)

Hmm... Another playable character, interesting... :-)

The wait is horrible, I wish I had Underworld already...

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Monday, October 13th 2008, 4:01pm

If you feel left out as you don't have a Xbox 360 or you do own a Xbox360 and feel that next time exclusive content is handed out you might be the one missing out (in short: if you want all gamers to be treated the same), there is a petition that might interest you.

http://www.petitiononline.com/trudlc4u/petition.html


BTW: the last sentence of the petition goes for this forum as well. So if you are not interested, don't sign, don't comment, just be glad that you are the lucky one (this time!)

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To: SCi Entertainment Group, Eidos PLC, Crystal Dynamics

On October 6th 2008, Eidos Interactive announced that Tomb Raider Underworld would have Downloadable Content (a.k.a DLC) and a demo. Unfortunately these are only exclusive to the 360 (excluding the demo which will be available on PC).

Not only has this further alienated the Tomb Raider fan base but it has fueled peoples anger and resulted in many fans, and potential customers, cancelling their pre-orders, refusing to buy the game, boycotting Tomb Raider all-together and in extreme cases even stating that they will simply *illegally* download Tomb Raider Underworld.

Whether Eidos got paid a substantial amount for this deal or not is not what upsets us (the fans) the most. It is that PC and PS3 users have been left out. In the case of the demo not coming out on the PS3, fans have been given no reason by Eidos, Crystal Dynamics or any of their employees who visit Tomb Raider related forums.

This issue has spread rapidly amongst not just Tomb Raider related sites and forums but even other, general gaming forums such as NeoGAF, one of the world’s largest gaming forums. Eidos holds a responsibility to reward fans and it should treat all fans whether new or old the same. We, the fans, should be rewarded for supporting the series for many years, buying the games, watching the movies, etc. with things like DLC and not for just having the “right” console.

The situation needs attention and action needs to be taken immediately as the severity of the problem is not only affecting the fans base as mentioned above but also harming sales and putting off potential customers. Eidos is a business and all business’ need money and customers. This is why this petition has been created. This petition wants the following actions to be taken by Eidos:

1) A demo to be released for PS3 users – there is no excuse for this one and why a reason has not been provided for the absence of a PS3 demo is disgraceful and quite offensive to long-term Tomb Raider fans who want to try the game on this platform. Many PS3 users will most likely want to try out the game before buying it and not giving a demo is giving off the wrong message about the product on this specific platform.

2) Downloadable Content for both PC and PS3 – Microsoft should have no problem with the Tomb Raider Underworld DLC being released on the PC as it has created the ‘Games for Windows’ and ‘Games for Windows - LIVE’ brands for a reason – to help the so called “ailing” PC gaming market. It is also a member of the ‘PC Gaming Alliance’, an organization created by Microsoft and other leading PC companies as well as games publishers to help the PC gaming Market and to make PC gaming better for all. If it is not willing to show how dedicated it is in helping PC gaming and PC gamers and can’t even support its own brands then what does this say about Microsoft? Microsoft has secured exclusive DLC for Fallout 3, for both the 360 *and* PC platforms. There is no reason why it can’t do the same here. For PS3 users the problem can be overcome if the DLC is released at a later date.

3) The PC & PS3 DLC and Demo should be released in a timely manner - This could be anytime from the exact day as the 360 DLC/Demo or up to 4 months after. We, the fans, do realize it can, at times, take some time to make Demos and DLC available and properly made for all suitable platforms that is why we can understand a four month gap may be necessary for Crystal Dynamics to complete the Demo and DLC for all suitable platforms.

We, the fans, do realize that the Mobile, DS, and PS2 (and maybe even the Wii) platforms are outdated in terms of hardware and technology therefore meaning a Demo and DLC is not possible. We do realize and understand this and we are willing to accept that it most likely will be impossible to release a demo and DLC for these platforms because they are now technically outdated and because of Eidos’ financial situation it may not be able to invest more money in making a demo and DLC for these outdated platforms. But for the PC and PS3 users there is no reason why they should be left out as it is unfair no matter what excuses Eidos/Crystal Dynamics come out with. Tomb Raider fans, whether you own a 360 or not, please, please support the rest of the fan base and upset fans by signing this petition. Together we can stand up and show Eidos that they need to respect and reward all of the fan base and not just a select group. Thank-you to everyone who signs.

NOTE: We know that some Tomb Raider fans that have 360’s, and don’t really care about this situation because they are happy, are around. If you don’t care about this cause and the rest of us please don’t leave rude/immature comments as it harms the petition for us and will only make yourself look immature.

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Monday, December 8th 2008, 10:22pm

The first screenshot from "Beneath the Ashes" has been released by Eidos:

http://www.tombraidergirl.com/pics/tr8/dlc001.jpg

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Tuesday, December 9th 2008, 12:20am

Looking good. Already, a new outfit for Lara. Casual light no doubt.
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Tuesday, December 9th 2008, 12:22am

If you look closely (better seen on the HD version: http://i.tombraiderchronicles.com/beneat…1/screen001.jpg ), you can see something silver on Lara's right ear. Communication earpiece perhaps?
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Tuesday, December 9th 2008, 10:46am

Yeah, I bet it's a headset. So Zip hasn't retired yet, I guess. :-)
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Saturday, December 13th 2008, 2:53am

If you look closely (better seen on the HD version: http://i.tombraiderchronicles.com/beneat…1/screen001.jpg ), you can see something silver on Lara's right ear. Communication earpiece perhaps?
Wow I like that outfit...
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Monday, December 15th 2008, 10:45pm

Sometime this week, Microsoft is releasing two pieces of DLC early - two new outfits for Lara; Classic and Legend. On top of that, they're gonna be free!




Beautiful, aren't they?
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Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 11:04am

I've never been too fond of her Legend outfit, but I love the classic one, it looks really nice. Can't wait for them to be released, now that I have a 360 :D
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Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 4:05pm

Finally some "new outfits", those have always been my greatest pleasure in Legend and Anniversary! And I love the Legend outfit ^^ My biggest question nevertheless is: Will they be usable in normal gameplay?

I must admit I hate the new replay system of Underworld! Those save games instead of the "Replay level" option from Legend and Anni just sucks! :( And getting this swimsuit for finishing the game was useless because you could only use it in treasure hunt mode. Which is pretty boring.

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Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 9:10pm

I do believe that once they are downloaded, you may choose them where appropriate; Thailand, Croft Manor, Southern Mexico, Andaman Sea; for those were the ones that allowed you to choose Lara's 'normal' outfit. Whether it be a new game or Treasure Hunt mode.
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Tuesday, December 16th 2008, 10:24pm

I do believe that once they are downloaded, you may choose them where appropriate; Thailand, Croft Manor, Southern Mexico, Andaman Sea; for those were the ones that allowed you to choose Lara's 'normal' outfit. Whether it be a new game or Treasure Hunt mode.
Lets hope so ;) I will check my downloads everyday from now on. And when you said appropriate I had to think about Helheim again *lol* I actually used the swimsuit for it once, not only would it be very cold to wear something like that in the Artic Sea, no, Lara gets stuck in the Himalayas in it. Gosh, that must be hard *lol* :frost

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Sunday, December 21st 2008, 1:07am

It's been announced that in the free Outfit Pack, gamers will get the Legend outfit, classic outfit, and the two outfits attached in images. On top of that, Beneath the Ashes, the second piece of downloadable content that features an all new storyline continuing where Underworld left off will be released sometime before Christmas this year.


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Monday, December 22nd 2008, 12:06pm

You can already get the classic outfit and the Legend outfit, but a Gold membership's required (Silver members have to wait for a week, I guess). I'm downloading them in this very moment.
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