Official Xbox Magazine revealed their February 2013 cover and confirms that Tomb Raider will come with multiplayer when it ships on March 5. Shocked? Not really.
I'm not fond with games dumping multiplayer just to add more appeal. Some titles that are not fit to have multiplayer, makes one anyway, and the final product turns out to be content that can be forgotten in one sitting. Such games like Bioshock 2, and Dead Space 2, tried adding a new twist of competitive multiplayer, but fell flat in the end. This is what I think is going to happen to Tomb Raider's multiplayer. But some games that tried have proved me wrong.
Assassin's Creed, one franchise that added multiplayer in Brotherhood, ended up with a unique mode that turned out to be a lot of fun. Another one is Uncharted, who added their own multiplayer on the second game, provided a great third person competitive shooter that made good use of Uncharted's simple climbing mechanic to make it stand out from the rest.
My first reaction towards Tomb Raider now having multiplayer is not a happy one, but I'll give it a chance because you never know, they might have something good. Not much info has been given too, so when they say multiplayer, it could mean coop, or both. In a Tomb Raider blog, they mention that the multiplayer was inspired by Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light coop. So who knows, We'll just have to see what Crystal Dynamics has to show in the coming days.
[Source: OXM, Joystiq]