In a recent Reddit AMA that included Karl Stewart, Global Brand Director for Tomb Raider, and Noah Hughes, Creative Director of Tomb Raider, Hughes revealed that there are currently no plans to extend single-player content with DLC. “Now that Lara is more experienced, we are excited to take her on new adventures that challenge her new strength and confidence. It is important that even as Lara grows as a character, so do the challenges she must face.” Karl Stewart added later, ”There are currently no plans in place for any Single Player expansions. All of our DLC is based around the Multiplayer experience for now.”
While we can take Hughes’ response and definitely derive that a sequel is already greenlit, it’s unfortunate that we won’t be seeing more of Lara Croft outside of multiplayer some time soon. However given the rigidity of the island structure, not to mention how well put together the whole place is, it’d be very difficult to try and match the grandeur and scale of the island with just a small piece of DLC content. This is, in my personal viewpoint, not necessarily a bad thing given that they have a lot more challenges in pre-producing a sequel than they do in this iteration of Tomb Raider. I mean, they can’t have Lara Croft stranded on yet another deserted island with none of her gear now could they?
Tomb Raider received glowing reviews during its release a few weeks back garnering a great deal of praise from a lot of outlets, including myself in our own review of the game. Given that the game has already sold 1 million copies during its first week of sales, Hughes’ confirmation, at the very least, ensures us that we will see this iteration of Lara Croft in a sequel.