After a previous report indicating its impending release, the next chapter of Lara Croft’s journey in Rise of the Tomb Raider officially begins with the release of the game’s first story expansion today on the Xbox consoles.
A blog post from developer Crystal Dynamics revealed that “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch” (the first story expansion for Rise of the Tomb Raider), is available today for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the game, following a report last week that the expansion would be arriving soon.
The “Baba Yaga” DLC is available as part of the $29.99 Season Pass for Rise of the Tomb Raider on both consoles, or those looking to dive into just the DLC can pick it up on its own for $9.99, with the DLC averaging at about a three-hour runtime according to Microsoft.
In addition to a brand new part of the story, the “Baba Yaga” DLC also includes a new outfit and bow for Lara, a new character voiced by actress Ashly Burch (Borderlands series, Life is Strange), and will expand on “several ideas” from the development team to explore new territory for Lara, as an official description of the DLC explains:
“Deep in the wilds of Siberia lies a forest that no man will enter, where a Soviet expedition vanished without a trace. Lara enters the Wicked Vale in search of a missing man, but she finds a nightmare that defies explanation. Is the witch, Baba Yaga, haunting the forest? Or is there more to the myth? Lara will face new adversaries, explore a new tomb, solve a decades old mystery, and face off against an ancient evil.”
The “Baba Yaga” DLC will also release alongside the upcoming PC version of the title, which will be available through Steam and other retailers on Thursday, January 28th, 2016.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is available now on Xbox One and Xbox 360, with the PC version coming on January 28th, 2016 – a PS4 version of the title is also expected later in 2016.