Rise of the Tomb Raider launched yesterday for Xbox One, and while it’s mostly a single-player affair, there is a way to get other people involved while you play. All you need to do is stream gameplay on Twitch, and your audience can start changing your game.
As you play the game and stream using the official Twitch Xbox One app, two cards will be presented to people watching the stream, with viewers asked to pick between one or the other. The card with the most votes will then influence the game for the next five minutes (or until Lara dies or a checkpoint is reloaded). 64 cards have been added to the game, each one modifying Lara’s experiences in some way – making the bad guys stronger, slowing time, or adding a rainbow trail to our heroine (because why not). There’s even an NBA Jam-style big head mode, if the game gets a bit too serious for you. More cards will be added post-launch, in case the current set of 186 pairs isn’t enough for you.
The game is also set to reward viewers, not just gamers – people who watch a lot of Rise of the Tomb Raider will be given in-game credits just for watching someone else reach achievements.
It’s not the first time that Twitch interactivity has been added to a game (hello, #IDARB!), but it might be the biggest-budget game to include the feature. It all ties back into the ridiculousness of Twitch Plays Pokemon (and its uncountable tributes and alternates), and illustrates quite clearly that streaming gameplay is becoming not only common, but encouraged by developers.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is out right now on Xbox One and 360 now – stay tuned for our review! For more information on the game’s streaming features, check out this Twitch FAQ.