Microsoft's E3 2015 briefing featured the first gameplay demonstration for Crystal Dynamics' new title Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Gameplay starts in a snowy cave, Lara pops a flare to light her path and emerges to a cliffside and her travelling companion. Her companion is Jonah! Returning from the Tomb Raider reboot! The demo continues the series strong transitions from gameplay to cutscene and back beautifully. Lara climbs an icy cliffside to discover an impossibly green lost city in the snowy mountains but falls shortly after she reaches the summit, she is saved by Jonah and swung to a cliff she can grab but an avalanche is triggered.
This begins a chase sequence, with running and zip-lining similar to what we saw in the Tomb Raider reboot. Lara runs across crumbling rocks to a dramatic jump onto another nearby climbable cliffside. The demo concludes with a sizzle reel on the survival gameplay in Rise of the Tomb Raider and a demonstration of the varied environments in the games. Mine carts are present so we can re-enact Temple of Doom!
Here is the sizzle reel shown at the end of the demo, the gameplay footage is on the way. And seriously, mine carts.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming first to Xbox One and Xbox 360 Holiday 2015.