Last night, the industry gathered at The Game Awards to look back on the past twelve months while keeping one eye on the releases set to pepper 2016. Among the upcoming titles on show at the event was the first piece of scheduled DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider, entitled Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch.
For the uninitiated, Baba Yaga is a fearsome figure from Slavic folklore. The character is typically depicted as a haggish old woman who lives in the forest, flies around in a mortar and wields a pestle as a weapon — that’s when she’s not relaxing in her home, a hut that stands on chicken legs.
Baba Yaga has been known to help and to hinder those that cross her path, but it certainly seems like Lara Croft will fall into the latter category. From the looks of the trailer aired last night, this DLC will pack a strong sense of supernatural horror.
This is the first of three Rise of the Tomb Raider DLC offerings scheduled to be released over the next several months. There’s also an ‘Endurance Mode’ on the way that further tests the survival abilities of players, as well as the series’ spin on the now-traditional horde mode.
However, many will be most excited about this piece of content, as it seems to be the closest thing to an extension of the critically lauded story mode. While we don’t know exactly how hefty the scenario will turn out to be, the trailer boasted that it would feature ‘hours of new gameplay’.
Also of note are the ‘mysterious new enemies’ that Croft will be facing off against. As well as ghoulish corpses lining the halls of the tomb, there will also be rotting, undead wolves and the fearsome Baba Yaga herself to contend with — as well as what seems to be a tribe of her followers.
This DLC looks like a worthy follow-up to the highly praised base game, and Microsoft will likely be satisfied with their investment to make the game a limited-time exclusive for the Xbox One. However, it seems likely that PlayStation owners will have access to all this content in one package at a later date.
That being said, it’ll be Xbox players who get to venture into the tomb of Baba Yaga first. Season pass owners will be able to access Temple of the Witch for no extra charge, but there’s no word as of yet what the DLC will cost when bought a la carte.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is available now for Xbox One. Baba Yaga: Temple of the Witch will be made available in January 2016.