DX:HR upgrade model not on offer at this time.
By Tim Colwill on January 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm
PC owners will miss out on the new bells and whistles being added to the Definitive Editions of last year’s Tomb Raider reboot for next-gen consoles.
While some of the added features such as TressFX were already present in the PC version, other additions such as improved animation and reworked weather systems are not going to make it over to PC.
In an official FAQ, Eidos claim that the Definitive Edition allows you to to “see the sweat, mud, and blood on Lara”.
“Her eyes are much more expressive and her hair realistic. We also improved gear movement in Definitive Edition – her axe will sway and necklace will react to movement as Lara traverses the island. The Endurance crew has been spruced up, too.”
The team have also added “weather and lighting effects, extra vegetation, improved physics, reactive water surfaces, and more. Yamatai is now alive with motion. When Lara stops, the world keeps moving. We didn’t just improve the rain; we reworked it until it felt torrential – like another enemy out to get Lara.”
“Our gameplay is now in full 1080p, we have subsurface scattering on our characters, real-time particle lighting, Tress FX support for Lara’s hair, upgraded reactive water, full world simulation, and more. We’ve also completely rebuilt Lara’s head and face model from the ground up with a denser topology giving improvements on features for eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, etc. All of her textures are higher resolution as well.”
Unfortunately, however, the FAQ concludes by saying that “at this time a PC update is not planned”.