14. September launches Square Enix Shadow of the Tomb Raider, a continuation of 2013's Tomb Raider and the 2015 Rise of the Tomb Raider. It is now also a showcase for what Nvidia's new GeForce RTX graphics card can do on PC.
Yesterday Nvidia revealed its next generation of graphics cards for games called the RTX 20 Series. Line-up consists of three new cards, RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. You pay at least $ 499 to own one and $ 999 if you want the Ti card, but in return you will experience the new Turing architecture and beam shooting features it promises.
The video listed above was released to show how well the game looks and what these new cards allow Eidos Montreal to do in the game and it looks absolutely impressive. Shadow of the Tomb Raider will enjoy a native 4K resolution, further enhanced by real-time ray-traced shadows, high quality anti aliasing, HDR, HBAO + (proven surrounding occlusion), tessellation enhanced geometric detail, CHS (realistic Shadow falloff ), and SSCS (improved surface definition).
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The game will look great if you have any of today's Nvidia or AMD graphics cards, but as always, the next generation of cards adds something extra as long as the game supports them. With that in mind, Nvidia expects to push hard for more games to add RTX features and developers that encrypt to help them show how beautiful their games are.
Anyone who considers picking up the Shadow of the Tomb Raider can play it a few days early on September 12 if they pre-order it. That means at least an additional couple of days plays without GeForce RTX features turned on, though. There will also be a season ticket available that offers seven new adventures called courses. Each way will include, "New story, new quests, a challenge grave, a new weapon, a new outfit and a new skill."