No Tomb Raider online pass, demo

Crystal Dynamics confirms upcoming action game will not force secondhand players to pay for online access; no prerelease demo to avoid spoiling story.

Crystal Dynamics global brand director Karl Stewart has confirmed that the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will not feature a Season Pass or an Online Pass.

Season Pass initiatives, whereby players pay up front for expansion content to be released over the course of months, have become commonplace of late. Prices for season passes range from Halo 4's $25 War Games pass to Call of Duty: Black Ops II's $50 Season Pass.

Online Passes, like those included with Uncharted 3 and Homefront, force secondhand players to pay a fee--typically $10--for access to the game's online component.

In addition, Stewart announced that the company has no plans to release a demo for Tomb Raider. "We don't want to spoil the story," he said.

Tomb Raider is due out March 5, 2013, for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is the first entry in the series to feature a multiplayer component. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Roweb0t
Roweb0t

ugh.... should only have single player. multiplayer will ruin the campaign because they have to spend time on both parts of the game instead of devoting all of their time to the singleplayer... look at AC2 to AC brotherhood. big difference.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

There's no prerelease demo so their potential customers won't find out beforehand that this is no longer Tomb Raider, but a fully linear, boring "cinematic experience" quick-time-event fest with forced in, equally shallow multiplayer.

A demo usually should wetten your appetite for more and give you an idea if your computer can handle the game well enough before you buy - Their decision to skip that speaks volumes and their marketing excuse of "not wanting to spoil the story" is bullshit, because they already spoiled it with all the trailers and exclusive show interviews anyways.

Zero interest in this - Tomb Raider franchise destroyed achievement unlocked - congratulations.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Doesn't matter to me about the demo or the online pass, as I already intend to purchase the game, and I don't play multiplayer.  The thing about the no demo, though, is that's the developer's job to submit a level that doesn't spoil anything.  If it's a case of not being able to find a level that doesn't spoil anything at all, then that's an indication that the story must be pretty damned good... 

arcangelgold
arcangelgold

Good because most of these companies' new game sales come from customers who sell old games off to others, who by the way, won't buy old games at all if all the features are hacked by game companies. A move I liken to theft and tampering with private property, and conversion which is illegal in my state. In my state you can't tamper with people's legally sold property or it's a crime and frankly I'd like to see these game companies prosecuted for it.

Kid_Black_Star
Kid_Black_Star

I believe this will be the first Tomb Raider that didn't get an access demo since way back when 

Apastron
Apastron

Oh thank goodness, because people that play Tomb Raider are sooooo concerned about multiplayer...

piedude67
piedude67

No demo? whatever doesnt matter. 

Greyfeld
Greyfeld

I had planned to pass on this game, but now I'm thinking about picking it up, just to support a company who's actually willing to treat their players like customers, instead of wallets with legs.

Vayngell
Vayngell

For someone who has never touched a Tomb Raider game, I am PUMPED for this one!

emerin76
emerin76

I love how gamers always find the negative

ilovelctr
ilovelctr

Each previous Tomb Raider game had a demo. And for the absence of the demo this time around, the reason they gave does not make sense tbh. First, Crystal Dynamics already showed the first whole hour of the game to audience, and that spoiled lots of plot. Second, if releasing a short demo would spoil that much story, then there isn't probably a single period of the game where there is no story at all. That would mean the game's stuffed with cut scenes everywhere... which is bad for a Tomb Raider game, because it should've been about gameplay.

BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

Another game without an online pass. That's a win for democracy and 10 points for Gryffindor!

stailcookie
stailcookie

The last no demo, full hype game I bought was NFS Most Wanted and I regretted it immediately.  This is a huge "buy it before everyone finds out how bad it is" tactic.

mokalid
mokalid

i think this game will not get a good rant

Uruca
Uruca

ofc there's no online pass. Is a fking tacked on mp.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

I like both of these decisions. Good job Square Enix!

muppen
muppen

Not every game needs a demo. A lot of games don't have a demo and they turn out great. Don't see what the problem is. 

Oh, and if they'd had put an online/season pass people would be whining. Now they won't and people still whine. Guess some "gamers" are never happy. Maybe you should find another hobby.

resident_jisen
resident_jisen

no demo thats ok with  me since not every game gets a demo.i getting this game for many reasons i don`t need a demo to tell me to buy it ot not.

KFHEWUI
KFHEWUI

Eidos just pull the plug all ready. The cash cow has been drained clean.

I was going to get the CE of the game, but when the regenerative health and MP was revealed, I went from buy to rent. I am a die hard TR fan and have been since the first game, but this series has been butchered to the point that it is merely using the name only to sell the product.

Instead I will put what I was going to spend on this game on The Last of Us which is released shortly after TR plus it tackles the same themes, but looks so much better even the story.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Well since I doubt many will play the MP, I don't see this being very effective. And a demo could have just been the beginning of the game, hope their not trying to hide the game.

Leejjohno
Leejjohno

I want this game to succeed but I have my suspicions it could quite easily flop from the way things are looking. There doesn't need to be adversarial game modes in every bloody game, and tomb raider shouldn't be taking notes from a game like uncharted.

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

Another series that should have ended a lonnnng time ago.  Milking a series that only some people play Lol..

KAINITEX
KAINITEX

good to see but its just another example of square enix making games for gamers not consumer like final fantasy 14 crashed and burned but instead of cutting their losses they rebuilt it entirely because they promised final fantasy 14,I think if more companies thaught like this games could be like it used to be judged buy how good it actually is not by how good its marketing is,when was the last game you can think of that was still spoken about 1 year or two years after its relaese.

phatpantzz
phatpantzz

There isn't an online Season Pass at the moment, but that might change if CD can produce enough DLC over the next year. 

But, I just don't trust Karl Stewart's constant PR crap. Here's a guy who said in the Final Hours Episode 4 video..."Crystal Dynamics spent a lot of time designing and building all these great levels in the single player and then we thought - WOW! I know, these would be great levels for a Multiplayer element in Tomb Raider."

Give us a break, Karl. The online part of Tomb Raider was planned right from the beginning of the reboot. Shame the online play looks rubbish in the video. Let's hope they improve it. 


JohnMark320
JohnMark320

This makes me nervous. Is it because the game isn't up to public expectation (or even good at all)? 

Oh noes! D,:) 

DrKill09
DrKill09

Here's a spoiler for ya:  THIS GAME IS GOING TO SUCK DOG BALLS.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

 The multiplayer looks pretty crappy anyway. Just a knockoff of Uncharted's multiplayer, with a poor frame rate.

neowolfgeo
neowolfgeo

I intended to buy RE6  and DMC, then I played the demo.

This guy is hiding something.

USAPATRIOT21
USAPATRIOT21

Making a demo just wastes resources that could be used on the campaign. I'm happy that there is no demo because I wouldn't want these resources being wasted.

Biscuit__Head
Biscuit__Head

@Roweb0t I agree with you but they said that single and multiplayer are being made in different parts of EA so single player will be the same whatsoever but I see what u mean with AC2 n ACB

anonymousicko
anonymousicko

@PSYCHOV3N0M maybe true we wont know that for sure right? i still hope it would turns out to be great tho

ElusiveOne
ElusiveOne

@stailcookie Why don't you wait to see how the game turns out before you shoot it down?  No one is forcing you to get it immediately.  You can always wait for reviews and if you're still unsure you can even rent it before you buy.

Regarding NFS Most Wanted, I actually tried the demo before I bought the game (it came out a few weeks after release) and I enjoyed it very much.

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

@mokalid  

I agree.  That goes to DmC.  But that could change if Tomb Raider has nothing but QTEs like Asura's Wrath.

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

@AvatarMan96 I can understand liking "no passes". But no demo? Seriously? I mean, has there been a Lara Croft game without a demo ever?

edulink
edulink

@muppen I think some people's hobby is to find something to complain about :P

jpol030594
jpol030594

@KFHEWUI WIll people like you ever shut the f*** up? If you dont like the game, then f*** off already! Stop looking the game up, and stop wasting ur precious time on making comments for something that you obviously dont want. Dont like it, IGNORE IT! You have to be one of those people who are always ready to find fault with anything and everything. I bet you were also one of those people who wanted crystal dynamics to change TR up a bit so that it could compete with todays adventure games. Have a problem? Email CD or Edios.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@phatpantzz 


And what the heck is wrong with a season pass? All a season pass is paying for all the DLC in a lump sum for a discount. And Season Passes also go on sale (like Max Payne 3 will next week) which enables even more savings.  How is that bad? 

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@USAPATRIOT21 They have to make demos for public showings anyway, so those resources are used regardless.

stailcookie
stailcookie

@ElusiveOne @stailcookie 


I hope it is good.  SE Has been doing a good job with all of their non-FF titles lately.  But, saying they won't have a demo to protect the story is suspect.  More likely that they never got the gameplay figured our to be enjoyable rather than being unable to find any random section of a level that wasn't full of spoilers.

andrecaseiro
andrecaseiro

@AvatarMan96 don't worry, you can allways see a video gameplay, I know it's not the same as playing, but you get the idea (Prince of Persia games and Assassin's  Creed never had demos)

KFHEWUI
KFHEWUI

TR is one of my favorite series that completely changed my perspective about video games. So it is not easy to watch a series that was a huge part of my childhood turn into what it has become. But I have gotten out of my system now, and I am moving on.