Tomb Raider: Anniversary Confirmed for Episodic Download Through XBLM

Tomb Raider: AnniversaryLast week, I told you that Tomb Raider: Anniversary had been confirmed for the XBox 360. Now, Eidos has confirmed that the title will be episodic as well, with downloadable content available from XBox Live Marketplace.

This marks the first time that the serialization of a full retail game has become available through XBox Live Marketplace. Episodes 1 & 2 will be available for purchase in September, and the next two episodes will arrive shortly thereafter. There’s even a full retail version planned for release for the 360 later in the year.

Jane Cavanagh, CEO of Eidos, said, “We have created this version of Anniversary specifically for digital distribution as episodic content. This is part of our strategy to grow our presence in online and digital distribution as we believe there are huge growth opportunities arising from this delivery format and we intend to capitalize on the increasing demand for digitally downloaded content. Lara has always been at the forefront of technology and this world first initiative with Microsoft really highlights that fact. Ultimately we also intend to make the title available at retail so that it reaches the maximum possible audience.”

Lara’s really branching out, eh? This could be the hallmark of what’s to come, with games becoming available for download before they ever hit stores. My only question would be, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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1 Comment on Tomb Raider: Anniversary Confirmed for Episodic Download Through XBLM

Daniel

On June 18, 2007 at 8:37 pm

I see this as a good thing. Too often in the past have I gone to the game store with the hopes of getting a game that was just released that day, only to go home empty handed because the game has been sold out. I would love for more games to be made available through digital download because not only would it give me one less reason to leave the house, but it also could very well mean a price drop in games since there wouldn’t be a need for the packaging that comes with the game, the useless instructions, and the physical disc as well.