Downloadable Lara Croft online co-op misses PS3, PC launch

Guardian of Light's connected multiplayer to be patched in for Sony's console, Windows desktops at a later date; XBLA duet gaming still due this month.

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light made its bow on Xbox Live last month, and though it achieved substantial critical praise, one of the biggest knocks against it was the absence of the promised online co-op feature. Today, developer Crystal Dynamics confirmed that the PlayStation 3 and PC editions of the game will also lack online co-op upon their launches on September 28.

According to a Crystal Dynamics representative, the PS3 and PC editions will be updated with online co-op at a later date. When the games become available through the PlayStation Network and Steam, gamers will still be able to participate in offline co-op play, in addition to single-player action. The rep also reaffirmed that the Xbox Live edition will receive a free update adding in the online multiplayer feature before the end of the month.

Lara and Totec's online union has proven problematic.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light presents a number of firsts for Eidos' long-running Tomb Raider franchise. The top-down action adventure is the first to be offered as download-only fare, and it also marks the series' maiden foray into co-op story mode play. Much remains the same about the series, though, as it again sees the buxom heroine solving puzzles, conquering frothing beasts, and plundering ancient treasures.

As previously announced, Guardian of Light will receive five add-ons, which will be made available from October through December. The first three will be expansions featuring new "puzzle, exploration, and combat experiences," while the last two will include new playable characters for the game. Crystal Dynamics did not say who the characters would be, noting only that they will be well-known figures pulled from a range of Eidos titles.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be priced on the PS3 and PC at $14.99.

Discussion

31 comments
tremor33
tremor33

I don't buy Tomb Raider games for the multiplayer, but I also don't like not getting what I paid for

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Maybe they dont want the PS3 review of the game to get a higher score at launch? This way, Xbox and PS3 scores will be rated the same instead of the PS3 score being better but content the same for both. Still, why aim for a lower review?

jer_1
jer_1

Great little game! I played it last night for quite a while on PS3 and I have to say I was impressed. Once the online coop gets implemented this game will really shine. For now, just have a friend come over, not a biggie here people, don't flip out.

uberjannie
uberjannie

Way to promise something and completely screw your customers over.. Also, there are no guarantee that they actually will patch this feature into the game. They might just F it and ditch the whole thing, just like the devs on Lego Harry Potter did.. So be aware if you buy this game to play it online.

solo1g
solo1g

Takes the mick a bit with the PS3 and PC doesn't it - The game was suppose to come out late on PS3/PC but come with online co-op and the XBOX to be patched up for online co-op roughly the same time. Now they are saying XBOX will be patched pretty much when they said but PS3/PC won't have the online co-op til later on. Come on Crystal you want us to part with our cash sort it out a bit.

Slagar
Slagar

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axeman87
axeman87

MASSIVE oversight to say the least. . . Hopefully, by the time the patch comes out, the game isnt forgotten about.

lamprey263
lamprey263

still a fun game to play solo for the time being

remysola
remysola

Why EIDOS why? Is better wait until game is ready to be released... I'm not going to buy it until Online Co feature ready.

mykel77
mykel77

this is embarrassing

MrJaws902
MrJaws902

FAIL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA SUCK IT

asimplerapper
asimplerapper

Probably financial pressures, put particularly on by the evil developers of today.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

i can play with the person sitting next to me. Im just waiting for the game

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

SO they can't get the online co-op done, not because they want to delay it for PS3 and PC version. :(

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

Dear Crystal Dynamics, stop "playing" with the title and release the co-op mode soon, or it will be a double fail.

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

@MonkeySpot you can play with MKID232 , he has no friends aswell.

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

That sucks... I'm still going to get it Day 1 on Steam.. but I was hoping to have online coop by then...

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

Could care less about playing the game with goobers I don't know online. Just gimme the GAME.

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

Aww TR 3 wasn't that bad except for the horrendous save system. Levels were better than 2.

Barighm
Barighm

They'll put in the co-op long after we all stop caring about the game...or maybe they never will.

blakeney
blakeney

Considering the TR series has sucked since TR3/4, i wasnt exactly expecting much from this one anyway.....

MKID232
MKID232

Wow. I surprisingly don't care about online coop. I just want the game.

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

ill get it when its complete

mun006
mun006

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TSNAKE617
TSNAKE617

Will it ever get this promised co-op?