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Rise of the Tomb Raider's first new mode arrives later this month

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Rise of the Tomb Raider's first post-launch add-on, Endurance Mode, will be released Dec. 29 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, followed by two others next year, publisher Microsoft Studios announced today.

Endurance Mode is the "ultimate woman-versus-wild test," according to Microsoft. It sounds like the mode will deliver a Don't Starve-like challenge, where players must scavenge for resources because "everything must be caught, collected, or crafted." Those who can survive for longer than their friends will push their way up the mode's leaderboards, vying for the title of "Ultimate Survivor."

Microsoft debuted a gameplay trailer for Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, the first story-based downloadable content for Rise of the Tomb Raiderduring The Game Awards 2015 last night. In Baba Yaga, Croft is on the trail of a man who went missing in a Siberian forest that, legend has it, is haunted by a witch. The DLC is set for release in early 2016.

Another additional mode is coming to Rise of the Tomb Raider in 2016: Cold Darkness Awakened. It appears to be a horde-style experience pitting Lara against waves of zombie-like beings — enemies infected with a "mysterious affliction [...] that transforms beasts and men into blood-thirsty, mindless killers."

Endurance Mode, Baba Yaga and Cold Darkness awakened are all included in Rise of the Tomb Raider's $29.99 season pass. Owners of the season pass will also receive three other DLC packs in 2016 that offer new outfits, skins, weapons and card packs.

For more on Rise of the Tomb Raiderread our review and watch the Baba Yaga trailer below. The game is available now on Xbox 360 and Xbox One; it will be released on Windows PC in early 2016 and on PlayStation 4 in holiday 2016.

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