New Details Revealed About Tomb Raider I-III Remastered

The collection comes to NIntendo Switch in February!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 01/16/2024 17:36 Comment on this     ShareThis

Revealed during the September 2023 Nintendo Direct, Tomb Raider I-III Remastered is bringing the first three PlayStation-era Tomb Raider games to Switch on February 14, 2024. Since then… well, fans haven’t heard a whole lot else about what to expect from the game. Thankfully, developer Aspyr has opened up to our friends at the Distinguished Competition PlayStation.Blog to talk about what’s in store when the compilation finally launches.

As a reminder, here are the three games being featured as well as the expansion content that will be accompanying them:

  • Tomb Raider I + The Unfinished Business Expansion
  • Tomb Raider II + The Gold Mask Expansion
  • Tomb Raider III + The Lost Artifact Expansion

As noted in the original news about the collection, this trio features the same base games but with improved visuals and controls. Players will be able to choose between utilizing the original tank controls and a modern controller setup which is being compared to the “Legend, Anniversary, and Underworld” era of the series. Tank controls, for the uninitiated, are where movement is centered around what direction the player is facing and not the camera. Meaning, pressing up on the D-pad or control stick will always send the player forward, irrespective of where the camera is positioned. These controls can be tricky for some contemporary players, but thankfully they’re being maintained for this remaster.

The visuals can be swapped on the fly between the low-poli originals and the modern HD ones, not unlike Microsoft’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection. In Remastered there will also be a Photo Mode for those who want to pause the game at any instant and snap a picture. There will be other visual changes but on a more pragmatic level, with things like health bars now being included for enemy encounters. It’s a small tweak that might bug purists, but honestly it’s a feature that probably should have been around from the beginning.

Aspyr cites some other changes, including how lighting has been adjusted, Lara’s new character model (and the multiple outfits that she’ll be able to sport in-game), and much more, which you can check out in full at the links above and below. In the meanwhile, let us know if you’re looking forward to diving back into the earliest adventures in the Tomb Raider series in the comments below and on social media!

Source: PlayStation.Blog

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