In an unfortunate turn of events for Xbox 360 owners, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will not be released with co-operative multiplayer. Instead, developer Crystal Dynamics has been forced to delay the feature until the end of September.
The report comes from an interview conducted by Joystiq. Karl Stewart, Crystal Dynamic's global brand director, stated that; 'We made a decision recently because we were focusing on how we can deliver the best possible experience to the players. If we had launched with online co-op, we wouldn't feel comfortable that it was the best possible experience for the player'. For most people following this title since the original announcement, the delay will come as a shock. Considering how the game places a heavy focus on co-operative multiplayer, it's difficult to understand exactly why a delay was the only option. Oddly enough, PC and PlayStation 3 owners won't be affected and both versions will be fully online-enabled.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is scheduled to be released on August 18 on Xbox Live, with the multiplayer following on September 28. Crystal Dynamics will make a free downloadable patch available on that day, allowing players to take the adventure online. The game will be the final part of Microsoft's Winter Arcade series.