Gamespot recently spoke with Rise of the Tomb Raider’s game director, Brian Horton, about some of Lara Croft’s new skills in the upcoming game. It looks like she’ll be getting three separate categories of skills, and players will be able to customize her abilities based on their preferred style of play. Horton mentioned that in the previous game you didn’t really have the option to unlock Lara’s skills in such a way that you could invest in different areas, and this will change in Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The three categories are Brawler, Survivor, and Hunter. Horton outlined three examples of the kinds of skill you might find in each of these categories. Death From Above, for instance, is a Brawler ability where Lara can climb a tree or building and leap down on top of somebody. In the first iteration of this ability, she’ll have to knock the enemy down and then find a rock to knock them out with. If you assign skill points to Death From Above, however, she’ll get better at it, and eventually will be able to use a knife to silently disable her enemy.
The second category, Hunter, has a cool Double Shot ability where Lara can kill two enemies in one bow pull. Survivor gets a skill called Body Trap Specialist where she’ll craft a bomb, place it on a body, and it will send out a ping that will attract enemies. Once they’re in proximity, the bomb will release toxic gas, killing multiple enemies at once.
Along with the more combat-centric abilities, Lara will have the option to learn skills like Eye for Detail, which will illuminate objects and collectibles; nice for completionists like me. And, of course, she’s an archaeologist at heart. There will be monoliths in different languages around the world, and Lara’s language skill will help her translate them. Apparently the reward for this is access to ancient coin caches that she can trade for “powerful weapons or a new outfit,” which strikes me as something that’d probably infuriate most archaeologists, but hey, it is called Tomb Raider.
You can watch the interview on Gamespot’s website. Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available November 10 of this year for Xbox One and Xbox 360, Windows PC in early 2016, and PlayStation 4 late in 2016.