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Downloadable Lara Croft

Out of the games that are part of Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade program on Xbox Live! Arcade, this is the one that caught my interest when it was first announced.  In fact, rumors were starting to gather pace back in December 2009, and Platform Nation brought you the news that Crystal Dynamics were looking to hire someone to help them implement co-op play.  Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is the game that the job vacancy was for and we all get the chance to get back to raiding tombs this Wednesday.

Crystal Dynamics have released a press release and taken the opportunity to explain how DLC does not actually stand for downloadable content, instead they are laying claim to the fact that it should stand for ‘Downloadable Lara Croft’.

Will this new take on the world of Lara and her tomb raiding exploits breath life back into the long running series, let us know whether you plan to pick it up when it releases later this week by leaving comments below.

The DLC campaign starts on August 18 with the release of Lara Croft and the Guardian of LightTM as part of Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade programme on XBLA. The game is the first fully downloadable arcade game based on Lara Croft and not only includes a new isometric view in the brand new single player adventure, but also includes a franchise first two player offline cooperative experience. This marks the beginning of the Downloadable Lara Croft campaign which will run until the end of 2010.

On September 28 – Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be released with full online support on PlayStation Network and PC (via the Steam network). On the same day we will offer a free update for Xbox 360 gamers to download which will include the introduction of two player online co-op as well as full leaderboard support and voice chat functionality.

“DLC for us means Downloadable Lara Croft,” said Darrell Gallagher, General Manager of Crystal Dynamics. “It all begins in August with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light releasing on XBLA and runs through to the end of the year with the additional packs we will be offering. Oh and be prepared for a few surprises.”

From October to December the Downloadable Lara Croft campaign continues with 5 packs available across all formats. The first three are expansion packs featuring a combination of all new puzzle, exploration and combat experiences in the game and new areas to explore. The further two packs are playable character packs, offering gamers the chance to experience the entire adventure without Lara Croft and Totec and instead with some other well-known videogame characters…

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