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Coming To XBLA This Wednesday: Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light

Microsoft’s Third Annual Xbox 360 Summer of Arcade Concludes This Week With Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light

Available this Wednesday August 18th, on Xbox LIVE Arcade will be Cyrstal Dynamics’ contribution to the 2010 Summer of Arcade: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. This particular game will mark a number of firsts Crystal Dynamics, a part of Square Enix Europe, as it is the first fully downloadable title they have created, as well as the first downloadable game for Lara Croft.

The Guardian of the Light will also introduce the franchise to its first isometric camera and two player cooperative adventure. No longer will poor Lara have to forage through dark and dangerous caves all by herself.

“We put everything we could into our first downloadable adventure and we’re very proud of what we have created,” said Darrell Gallagher, General Manager of Crystal Dynamics. “We designed a game that can be played in three ways; as a compelling single-player adventure, as a fun local co-op game and as a wider online co-op experience and we’re pleased that gamers will have the chance to play both single player and local co-op modes on their living room couches at launch, with online co-op allowing gamers to play across multiple couches arriving shortly afterwards.”

Crystal Dynamics has also revealed that there will be a whole wack of DLC coming down the pipe throughout the rest of the year; which includes three gameplay packs focusing on combat, exploration and puzzles and two character packs which allow the player a chance to experience the adventure with other well-known videogame characters. Sephiroth and the Guardian of the Light??? A free update will arrive soon after the launch on Xbox 360 which will offer online cooperative play (offline cooperative play will be available on August 18th) and full leaderboards.

”We believe we have delivered a game which opens up new types of gameplay that will excite not only Tomb Raider fans, but all fans of digital gaming. The launch of Guardian of Light is just the beginning, we have a lot of additional content planned and we will be offering the first DLC pack for free for the first 30 days, exclusively on the Xbox 360, so that gamers can get a taste of some of the exciting extras we have in store,” continued Gallagher

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light begins with Lara searching for an ancient artifact called the Mirror of Smoke. Upon reaching the mirror, she is ambushed by a mercenary army who steals the mirror and releases an ancient evil named Xolotl. Xolotl proceeds to wipe out the armed force and escape with the artifact. Luckily, the disturbance also awakens the Guardian of Light, Totec. In order to track down and stop Xolotl, Lara must join forces with Totec and ensure the world doesn’t plunge into an age of never-ending darkness.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be available this Wednesday, August 18th on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points and will be available for the PlayStation®3 PlayStation®Network and PC (via Steam) on September 28th, 2010 for $14.99.

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