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Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light PC/PSN To Launch Without Online Co-Op

Crystal Dynamics says a patch for these versions will hit at a "later date."

You'll need to reschedule your online date with Lara Croft or her immortal Aztec tribesman pal Totec. The PC and PSN versions of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will not launch with online co-op as was assumed. It will instead be added to the games "at a later date" beyond their respective September 28 releases across the aforementioned platforms.

Online co-op was an expected part of these two versions of the game, perhaps as a result of the their proximity to the planned release date of a patch that will add online co-op to the Xbox Live Arcade version of the game (which itself bafflingly launched in August without the support). Local co-op, though, is still go for the PC and PSN versions, and for what its worth, the functionality works well. But, yeah, the whole having-to-sit-with-a-person-in-the-same-room thing is a drag--especially, when you want to be Totec.
 


But in other news, there also appears to be a bit of wavering on the arrival date of the XBLA version's co-op patch. A Crystal Dynamics representative has told Joystiq that the support update will be coming "in the very near future," instead of pegging its previously announced release date. Odd.

The failed full launch of the XBLA version of the game is presumably the core reason why Crystal Dynamics will be offering the game's first bit of DLC for free for the first 30 days of its existence on Xbox Live. This news makes us wonder if that offer won't be extended to the PS3 and PC, as well.
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Posted by BradNicholson

You'll need to reschedule your online date with Lara Croft or her immortal Aztec tribesman pal Totec. The PC and PSN versions of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will not launch with online co-op as was assumed. It will instead be added to the games "at a later date" beyond their respective September 28 releases across the aforementioned platforms.

Online co-op was an expected part of these two versions of the game, perhaps as a result of the their proximity to the planned release date of a patch that will add online co-op to the Xbox Live Arcade version of the game (which itself bafflingly launched in August without the support). Local co-op, though, is still go for the PC and PSN versions, and for what its worth, the functionality works well. But, yeah, the whole having-to-sit-with-a-person-in-the-same-room thing is a drag--especially, when you want to be Totec.
 


But in other news, there also appears to be a bit of wavering on the arrival date of the XBLA version's co-op patch. A Crystal Dynamics representative has told Joystiq that the support update will be coming "in the very near future," instead of pegging its previously announced release date. Odd.

The failed full launch of the XBLA version of the game is presumably the core reason why Crystal Dynamics will be offering the game's first bit of DLC for free for the first 30 days of its existence on Xbox Live. This news makes us wonder if that offer won't be extended to the PS3 and PC, as well.
Posted by Raymayne

Great... =/

Posted by RE_Player1

AWW C'MON!!!!!!

Posted by Cincaid

Wow, they really seem to have trouble with that. :(

Posted by The_Laughing_Man

So is the xbox co-op still planned for a " a later date"  
 
And wasn't this for summer of arcade? 

Posted by brianb722

Maybe by the time co-op comes out and I finally buy it'll have dropped in price. At some point it's so far beyond release and they already have everyone's money, maybe it never comes out?

Posted by popokarimu@gmail.com

I really love this game, but what the hell...

Posted by RVonE

What the fuck are they doing?!
Posted by Jeffsekai

lolololololololol

Posted by kingclaw

This is a perfect time to have real friends

Posted by seabass34

Guess Im still waiting to buy this eh...

Posted by jakob187

Wait, playing with someone else sitting next to you is a drag?  Tell that to my workplace, where we FOCUS on that type of gameplay style!  People LOVE that.  It's one of the reasons so many games have a split-screen option!!! 
 
Nonetheless, it sucks to here the co-op is going to take a little longer.  However, they ARE giving away at least their first DLC for FREE for a limited time (first 30 days, I believe).  Therefore, can't complain too much, especially when that was (IMO) one of the best games of the year.

Posted by 234r2we232

Officially given up on this. Moving. On...

Posted by solidlife

Stop this bullshit, Dont expect me to pay full price for something that will come out at a later date. Developers are abusing the patch system. do you think this shit could fly before DLC became so big.

Posted by animathias

One has to wonder why a company would develop a co-op game without the ability to actually build the spotlight mode. Sure, there's local co-op, but in an age where Turtles In Time can come out as absolute crap but still have working online co-op, a game built from the ground up with co-op in mind should have had that as top priority.

This is highly disappointing, and I wish I had just saved my $15 instead of buying this (for the $15 refund, having bought the rest of SoA.) I hope the sales for the PS3 and PC version positively tank and these developers learn the lesson to not promise what you're unable to serve (I'm looking at you, Molyneux.)

Posted by nukesniper

This patch will hit at a later date. At a date when no one cares about this game anymore. Sad.

Posted by Rhaknar

on the bright side, if you pre-order it on Steam, you get Tomb Raider Legend (which is pretty good) for free
Posted by EgoCheck616

What a complete mess. I'll hold off picking it up for PSN until they get it together.  
Why won't people release games when they're finished?

Edited by kortex

The game is still worth it. Especially when you play couch co-op. you know, old-school. It's the best co-op style anyway.

Posted by crunchmonkey

I saw an add for The Guardian of Light on PSN today. It said "Playstation Plus Exclusive" (or something like that) on it... I wonder if PSN Plus subscribers will get online co-op from the get go?

Posted by Vaancor

Way to not get me to buy your game guys! Seriously, it's a darn shame. :(

Posted by Landon
@kortex said:
" The game is still worth it. Especially when you play coach co-op. you know, old-school. It's the best co-op style anyway. "
Screw the co-op, even if you bought it for yourself, the game is still plenty awesome.
Posted by TobyD81

Dude, what? Why is the co-op such a big stumbling block for this game?

Posted by Vorbis

 Yeah... still waiting for online co-op before picking it up.

Posted by gunslingerNZ

What a joke. I saw this advertised on Steam and thought about picking it up but it seems like they're determined to make sure people don't buy their game.

Posted by enYallione

I've been planning to get this for the PC, but I think I will wait till co-op is released.

Posted by Hamz

I don't think this will win them any points with the fans and players. But the game's still fun at its core, that's what counts right?

Posted by jelekeloy

They should just delay it, this is embarrassing.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Whatever... was never gonna play this game anyways.

Posted by Pkshields

Still seems like a good game, so I'll still probably get it, but this is pretty ridiculous at this point for a game where they were promoting the co-op more than anything to still not include online.

Posted by Brackynews
@jelekeloy said:
" They should just delay it, this is embarrassing. "
If not for the Summer of Arcade deadline, no doubt they would have.
Posted by OneManX

Online or not... you should probably get this game... it's good.

Posted by DrinkBourbon

I was saving some of my PSN spacebucks for this, but, nvm. Maybe I'll buy it  when, you know, the game is done.

Posted by Kinggi

Some crippling bug must have been discovered late in dev time or something. I mean what a blow for what is otherwise a great game. Poor Crystal D cant catch a break with this series.

Posted by Akeldama

Well for a free game, I can be patient. 

Edited by grokman10

I smell a PR snafu (or conspiracy).  I was gonna get this for me and my SO. She doesn't play games often and the co-op was looking good. WTF!? ...Oh I'm covered. Note to self: READ the WHOLE article dummy! Still sucks!

Posted by padrino

Oh good grief..... This is a sham. Pathetic to release a game not once, but twice without online co-op for a game that is pretty much focused on co-op. So sad.

Posted by kratier

to anyone that missed it, gamespot was accidentally giving away free copies of the game, it was supposed to be demo steam keys, but ended up being the full game keys. hundreds of  people got the game for free. lol.

Posted by animathias
@grokman10
I smell a PR snafu (or conspiracy).  I was gonna get this for me and my SO. She doesn't play games often and the co-op was looking good. WTF!?
Well, if you live with your SO (significant other? Correct me if wrong.) The couch co-op will likely still be in tact for the PS3 version. I do wonder if the PC version will have local. =/

To all the folks saying the single player is worth it… perhaps, but it's quite clear they were touting the co-op as -the- feature for the game. I have no doubt from what I've seen of the single player thus far is that the game was made for co-op than sliced and diced for the Single Player. The good portion I played felt as though I was missing something, like the stages and puzzles were made for the two players, then they took whatever measure neccesary to make it work alone. The game plays fine and is likely as good as it can be solo, but at least half of the game is missing for a significant chunk of players.
Posted by DragonNinja789

Eh I'm still going to check it out. I've always sorta had a thing for little old Lara.
 
Besides, I'm a fan of the serious anyway.
Oh...did I mention she's British??

Posted by steevl

Heh, I thought someone had messed up and ran an old headline at first until I noticed "PC/PSN" in there. A shame they weren't able to get online co-op working at launch in these versions either.
 
That being said, I played through the game in single player and loved it. I probably won't play it in multiplayer once that patch arrives, unfortunately.

Posted by radioactivez0r

Someone claiming to be from Eidos posted @ Shacknews that all platforms will now get the first DLC free for 30 days.

Posted by Chango

Really sucks that they haven't learned their lesson, but I am excited to try out the game once it comes to psn.

Posted by jonnyboy

This news suck big hairy Molyneux Bawls.

Posted by Dredlockz

 This sucks particularly more for the PC version, I can see myself sharing my TV screen and couch with someone, but not my desk and... keyboard? 
How would local co-op even work for PC?

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

I'm convinced online co-op for this game is a myth.

Posted by ch13696

What's wrong with local co-op? That's nostalgia right there. For people that hate it, it sounds like they're just anti-social.

Posted by Apathylad
Posted by snap

That's it. I won't buy this game. The online co-op is pretty important to me and I don't want to rely on a promise that a part of the game is going to be available later. It was the same thing with "Lego Harry Potter" and they never released a Patch that enables online co-op, even though they talked about the awesome online co-op in the making of videos. You want me to give you my money now so you better have your game ready. If you don't, I'm not going to give you my money.

Posted by Swoxx

Someone dropped the online ball on this, bad

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