'Rise of The Tomb Raider' release date, gameplay: Crystal Dynamics gives update on new stealth mode, Lara Croft's character development

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Rise of The Tomb Raider is the upcoming and much anticipated game that follows the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot game. In a recent interview with GameSpot, senior game designer Michael Brinker talked about the game’s new features, and what he expects from fan reactions once the game is officially out.

First off, Brinker explained the new stealth mode in the game, called “Lost target and glimpse”. Simply put, this new mode allows players to actually finish the game without having any fight at all.

“You saw that released version of the advancing the storm level that we have, where people get to play through it all in its action level,” he said. “You can go through the whole thing stealthy without killing everyone. We do have a lot more of those options in the game. A lot of fans are like, ‘I don’t want to kill anyone’ and well, you don’t have to in that section if you don’t want to.”

As for expectations, Brinker is very excited by how fans will be affected by how Lara Croft’s character will evolve throughout the entire storyline of the game.

“I’m excited to see what people’s reaction is to Lara’s evolution as she gets towards the end, and what she has to experience for uncovering some of the secrets to immortality, so to speak,” he said. “I’m excited for those plot lines and plot twists she goes through as an adventurer, and I’m excited for what those experiences are going to be like as an overall element of a larger game. So, 30-40 hours of an experience is much bigger, so for people to able to go in and choose an adventure around it, and complete the main story, to be able to be a full completionist and collector, that to me is going to be fun to see.”

It was also previously revealed that a normal run through of the game will only consume 15-20 hours of gameplay time.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing people’s eyes light up with the gameplay loops that we’ve established, and the tombs are going to be the core elements of that,” Brinker added.

Rise of The Tomb Raider will come as a timed exclusive for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, and will arrive for Windows 10 PCs and the PS4 on 2016.