As we reported on Christmas Day, an online post by UK retailer GAME indicated that the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot would feature a multiplayer mode. That particular line from the post was quickly removed and we were left to wonder. Just a few days later, Karl Stewart, an executive at developer Crystal Dynamics, has confirmed the rumors via Twitter:
— Karl Stewart (@CrystalDKarl) December 28, 2012
Considering the rumor and subsequent confirmation are the first we’ve heard of any multiplayer elements in Tomb Raider, we’re naturally a bit suspicious of the motivation behind its inclusion. In addition, if it was thrown together in the hasty fashion this news seems to indicate, what kind of quality can we really expect to see? Our overriding concern here at OnlySP is how the the addition of a multiplayer component is going to affect the single-player campaign.
As the Tweet states, we’ll have to wait for the next issue of Official XBox Magazine to find out more. We’ll certainly be digging into it at our first opportunity and we’ll let you know if our suspicions are justified. With just over two month to go before Lara Croft makes her return to the gaming stage on March 5th, we’ve got our fingers crossed that this isn’t the haphazard desperation move it appears to be.