Nvidia will bundle a free copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider with the GeForce 900 series video cards between January 7 and February 23. The game will come with the GeForce GTX 970, 980, 980 Ti, GTX 970M, GTX 980M, GTX 980 (Mobility) cards.
The bundle with Nvidia is a surprise, as the 2013 Tomb Raider video-game was heavily marketed with AMD cards because of it’s TressFX capabilities.
According to game director Brian Horton in an interview, Rise of the Tomb Raider will continue using AMD TressFX.
“We definitely believe the hair technology we developed with AMD was a foundation for the way we believe hair will be rendered in the future video game graphics. As pioneers of this, we have been pushing that technology to find ways to make it even better.”
“The hair is now in clusters, so the way hair naturally falls is that hair wants to be next to a adjacent hairs that create shapes. Now, the hair splines can follow these guide hairs and these formerly physics-grown hairs, so it feels a little bit more natural when it moves.
“That’s one of the evolutions, and in water we now have the “zero-gravity” effect; so, when she goes underwater, her hair will float and it’s important – when it comes out of the water – it will feel heavier and feel more clumped and obviously look wet and darker, so all these things, including snow and the snow accumulated in the hair, that we’ve been incorporating into our technology.”
Steam has announced that the PC version was scheduled be released for January 2016.
Rise of the Tomb Raider builds upon the formula that made Tomb Raider a success, and features the return of Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft. Camilla will take character performance to new heights as Lara pushes herself beyond human limits and is confronted with what it means to become a hero. Once again, Crystal Dynamics is proud to have the award-winning author Rhianna Pratchett as a key member of the writing team, helping craft a story that delves into Lara’s inner turmoil and motivations in this critical second act of her journey.