Cash-strapped gamers won’t have to wait to get their chance to play Rise of the Tomb Raider thanks to the Xbox One’s Twitch integration. People streaming Rise of the Tomb Raider on Twitch can let their viewers decide how the game progresses in certain ways, making it easier, more difficult or just plain weirder, Microsoft, Crystal Dynamics and Twitch announced yesterday. Viewers watching a Rise of the Tomb Raider stream on Twitch can also benefit, receiving in-game gifts by watching select in-game events.
Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Twitch integration can be experienced by players when streaming the game’s Expedition Mode. At certain points in Expedition Mode, viewers can vote via Twitch chat on one of two Expedition Cards. Those cards will grant special modifiers, like making enemies more difficult or engaging “big head mode.” According to Twitch’s official FAQ, the game features “a curated set of 64 cards have been arranged into 186 pairs for viewers to vote on.”
While voting on the direction a Rise of the Tomb Raider Twitch stream isn’t quite as good as having a controller in your hands, it still counts as being able to play the game without having to buy it. Besides, tune in for the right side missions, challenge tombs and special achievements and you’ll earn in-game currency once you do get around to buying the game yourself.
More details on Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Twitch integration are available on Twitch’s website.
Never before has such a big release been so willing to include Twitch viewers. Is this a sign that the Twitch community has ascended to an integral part of gaming culture? Unless the Rise of the Tomb Raider Twitch streams are an unmitigated disaster, I’m going to say that yes it is. But I guess we’ll see…