Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider cover
Developers
Eidos Montreal
Crystal Dynamics
Windows Nixxes Software
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
Linux Feral Interactive[1]
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
Foundation
Release dates
Windows September 14, 2018
macOS (OS X) November 5, 2019[2]
Linux November 5, 2019[2]
Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Wikipedia
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider (1996) 1996
Tomb Raider II 1997
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft 1998
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation 1999
Tomb Raider Chronicles 2000
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003
Tomb Raider: Legend 2006
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 2007
Tomb Raider: Underworld 2008
Lara Croft (series)
Tomb Raider (2013) 2013
Lara Croft GO 2015
Rise of the Tomb Raider 2016
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 2018

Key points

DirectX 12 is the recommended graphics API for the best performance.[3][4][5]
Includes an in-game benchmark.
Support for Nvidia's Ray-Traced Shadows on Windows only.[6]

General information

Official website
Official forum
Square Enix Support Center
Steam Community Discussions
GeForce.com Graphics and Performance Guide

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Publisher website
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Digital Deluxe Edition, Croft Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Amazon.com
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Digital Deluxe Edition, Croft Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GamersGate
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Croft Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Gamesplanet
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Digital Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Definitive Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Definitive Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Definitive Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All Windows versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[7]
A demo is available on Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass
Windows
Official Wallpaper Available by pre-ordering any edition of the game.
Windows
Skills Booster Pack Available by pre-ordering any edition of the game.
Windows
The Forge Included in Season Pass.
Windows
The Pillar Included in Season Pass.
Windows
Spectre Gear Included in Season Pass, Croft Edition and The Forge.
Windows
Golden Eagle Gear Included in Season Pass, Croft Edition and The Pillar.
Windows
Croft Edition Extras Included in the Croft edition.
Windows
Deluxe Extras Included in the Digital Deluxe edition.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip launcher and fix Steam overlay[edit]

Use the -nolauncher command line argument[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

In-game gameplay settings.
In-game gameplay settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Eidos Montreal\Shadow of the Tomb Raider\
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Any manual changes to the config files will be reset if settings are changed in-game.
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Shadow of the Tomb Raider\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game display settings.
In-game display settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
32:9 resolutions do not show up in game settings or in launcher. Can be set in config. Does not work with DLSS enabled
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Hor+ FOV. If you experience motion sickness you can disable "Motion blur" in the Graphics menu but if you play with a mouse you can also disable "Center camera horizontally" in the Gameplay menu so the camera will move only if you move it with the mouse
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Disable Exclusive Fullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
SMAA, TAA, SMAAT2x, SMAA4x, DLSS[6]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Only supported on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) or higher.
SMAA4x uses MSAA 4x, SMAA and TAA.[4]

Input settings[edit]

In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game remapping settings.
In-game remapping settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
You can only choose the stick for aiming.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
[8]
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Static blue.
Connection modes Wireless Adapter, Wired, Bluetooth
V2 tested. Bluetooth support was added in patch 2.[9]
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
May need to skip launcher.
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
needs enter+escape+space keys mapped for Action Sets issues, opening Steam overlay when using camera movement mouse could broke Steam Input and needs restart the game and Steam tasks.
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Sometimes prompts won't appear or will be XInput prompts.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Dialogs and Effects.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1. Also supports spatial sound, e.g., Dolby Atmos.
Subtitles
White subtitles or colored subtitles by person.
Closed captions
Separate option for deaf support.
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Uses Windows 10 Spatial Sound API.

Localizations

All languages have an option to turn on native voices for some characters to improve immersion.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
German
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Arabic

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op
Only the Challenge Tombs of DLCs.

Connection types

VR support[edit]

In-game Tobii eye tracking settings.
In-game Tobii eye tracking settings.
3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Side by side.
Nvidia 3D Vision
vorpX
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking

Issues unresolved[edit]

Audio issues[edit]

Various audio issues may occur, like sound crackling or cutting out momentarily.[10]

Issues Fixed[edit]

Stuck at the ix chel and chak chel puzzle[edit]

With a frame rate higher than 60, you can't spin the blocks with the numbers on them. Capping the frame rate to 60 fixes this. You'll need to leave it capped for the entire puzzle.[citation needed]
Cap frame rate[11]

Cap the frame rate at 60 FPS.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 Toggleable from launcher or settings.
Metal support
macOS only.
Vulkan
Linux only.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform GFx
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3220
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7770
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.15
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon R9 M290
Intel Iris Graphics 540
2 GB (AMD), 1.5 GB (Intel) of VRAM
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 18.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4130 3.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
AMD Radeon R9 285
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system, as well as a Vulkan-capable GPU, is required.

References