It’s fair to say that the Windows Store has been a wasteland since it debuted in Windows 8. But today marks a major milestone: Rise of the Tomb Raider, the first major game title to ever ship via Windows Store, is now available for purchase.
Actually, it’s a major milestone for another reason. Rise of the Tomb Raider isn’t even a Store app, it’s a desktop (Win32) app. So it’s technically also the first-ever non-Store app to ship from the Store. (Microsoft promised we’d see this happen eventually, and with desktop applications as well.)
UPDATE: Nope. Microsoft tells me that Rise of the Tomb Raider is in fact a universal Windows app. At least when you get it from the Store. –Paul
(If you’re not a Windows Store fan, you can get Rise of the Tomb Raider on Steam or at other stores today too.)
If you’re not familiar, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a blockbuster game. It was released on Xbox One and Xbox 360 (and not PlayStation 4, sorry) back in late 2015, and garnered rave reviews. The Windows PC version is supposed to be even better, with vastly superior 4K graphics, assuming you have a very high-end video card. Here’s a quick rundown of the storyline:
In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara journeys into the heart of Siberia in search of the lost city of Kitezh – but the nefarious Trinity organization is in a no-holds-barred race to uncover Kitezh’s legendary secret of immortality. Lara’s myriad survival skills and penchant for guerrilla combat will serve her well in this outing, as she turns the tables on Trinity and becomes the hunter instead of the hunted.
If you buy before February 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider is 10 percent off, but still expensive at $54. But you also get the Remnant Resistance Pack for free. It’s a BIG download at 26 GB.
You can find Rise of the Tomb Raider now in the Windows Store. I’ll be testing it on Surface Book and some other PCs.