Tomb Raider or at least the new and improved title from the franchise developed by Crystal Dynamics has been in production for some time. For good reason too, if the majority of the game is just like the taste I got when playing a demo for it last year. Aside from the quality, Square Enix has multiple editions of the game as well as interesting pre-order bonuses, both retailer specific. I will get to the Collector’s Edition in a moment, while every copy of Tomb Raider that is pre-ordered anywhere (overseas offers may differ), you will get the Shanty Town multiplayer map. The interactive map has steep rocky climbs, ziplines all across the map for a quick escape or a deadly drop by, while Shanty Town also boasts traps you can set to take out expecting enemies. Interactive indeed.
As you may expect, all the major gaming retailers have unique pre-order bonuses. Pre-order at Gamerstop (EB Games) and you will net yourself an exclusive Challenge Tomb with new environments as well as puzzles for Lara to explore. Pre-order the game at Best Buy stores and you will not not only an exclusive aviatrix skin, features a 1930′s adventure outfit including a bomber jacket, while you’ll also get an exclusive 48-page hardcover comic book by Rhianna Pratchett, entitled “The Beginning”. It still gets even better… Pre-order Tomb Raider at Amazon.com and you will get a special Final Hours Edition of the game, at no extra charge that includes a bunch of goodies. First off, you’ll get another exclusive skin for Lara, but this one is rather dirty… as she is covered in a mud smeared ‘Hunter’ camouflage.
The Final Hours Edition also comes with an art book, a digital copy of Geoff Keighley’s video feature on the game, “The Final Hours of Tomb Raider” and a special Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt access code to unlock DLC items along with the opportunity to take part in a real Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win tons of prizes online. This special Amazon Final Hours Edition Exclusive is for US residents only (for the most part), but there is plenty exclusive to other areas. At specific retailers overseas (possibly some in NA), you can get a steel case just for pre-ordering Tomb Raider (Game.es, jbhifionline.com.au & xzone.cz are some of the retailers offering this).
Now we come to the Collector’s Edition which there are different versions of depending on your region; this includes the Tomb Raider Survival Edition which was either canceled or ONLY available in the UK, seen in the picture at the top of the page featuring a life size replica of a M92FS Beretta hand pistol! An awesome addition to a game like this. However not only would it only be available in the UK (if not canceled) it is still considered to be extremely rare including not only the replica of the Beretta Pistol but an Artbook, in-game content add-on called ‘Curiosity Dimension’. If you are lucky enough to get this or know a reputable source to pre-order purchase this version, let us know in the comments or Contact Us. An alternative version of the Survival Edition is available without the Gun Replica here, only in the UK including:
- 15″ x 19″ Double-Sided Island Map and Poster
- The Art of Tomb Raider 4.5″ x 7.5″ Book
- 4″ x 6″ Survival Pouch
- Weapon Pack DLC
- CD soundtrack — Tomb Raider Original Soundtrack ‘Survivalist cut’
The Collector’s Edition of Tomb Raider, no matter your region, will come with the following:
- Fully posable Lara Croft Figurine (with over 40 points of articulation and around 8.0″ tall)
- 15″ x 19″ Double Sided Island Map and Poster
- Tomb Raider Original Soundtrack – The ‘Survivalist Cut’ (CD Format)
- Downloadable in-game Weapons Pack
- The game all included in a worn looking tin box.
Now the North American version of the Collector’s Edition also includes everything included in the Amazon Exclusive ‘Final Hours’ Edition (if pre-ordered at Amazon.com), along with a 5″ x 7″ Lara Croft Lithograph Print with matte frame, designed by Crystal Dynamic’s Senior Art Director, Brian Horton (Painting by Brenoch Adams). Additional you will get 3 iron on badges of icons from the game, which are Animal Instincts, Climbing Axe and a Fire Arrow. While these things are exclusive to the North American version, the UK/AU version will alternatively get ‘The Art of Tomb Raider’ large scale Book and a 4″ x 6″ Survival Pouch.
There is also the Special Limited Edition Xbox 360 Tomb Raider Controller available which you can view here. The controller also comes with an in-game code for a multiplayer character the Scavenger Hunter, check out that and the Achievements/Trophies for the game right here. Tomb Raider will be available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC on March 5th, 2013.