After a bit of a break we’re back with another giveaway for everyone to enjoy.

This time the folks over at Square Enix sent over a rather sizable cache of game keys for Rise of the Tomb Raider to promote the recent PC release of the game and its availability on the Windows 10 Store. Rise of the Tomb Raider is the latest game in the long-running action-adventure series, and is the direct sequel to the 2013 reboot, Tomb Raider.

Originally released on the Xbox One last November, Rise of the Tomb Raider was released on the PC last week. Of note, the PC version contains several graphical effects not present in the Xbox One version, including HBAO+ ambient occlusion, more wisely used tessellation, a more impressive sun soft shadow rendering system, and generally higher image quality at the high-end thanks to the greater rendering power of PCs. Meanwhile the fine folks at Eurogamer's Digital Foundry have put together a video showing off the enhancements, which you can see below.

For this giveaway Square Enix has sent over 200 keys for the Windows 10 Store version of the game, and on that note I believe this is the first AAA game to get a simultaneous release through the Windows Store. Please note that Square Enix has confirmed that these keys don’t work on Steam, so you’ll need to be on Windows 10 in order to redeem and play the game.

Finally, so that we can give out the keys and let the winners start playing ASAP, we’ll be running a shorter than usual entry period on this contest. Our Rise of the Tomb Raider giveaway will only be open for 24 hours, from 8am ET today (February 3rd) to 8am ET on February 4th. Please note that standard AnandTech rules apply, so we’re only able to open up this contest to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years or older. You can read the full terms and conditions below.

Good luck to everyone, and an extra thank you to Square Enix for sending over so many keys.

Update 02/04: All of the winners have been contacted and keys distributed. Congrats to our winners, and thanks again everyone for entering.

AnandTech "Rise of the Tomb Raider" Giveaway

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  • pixelstuff - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    It is kind of difficult to read those terms and conditions with them not flowing to fit the narrow column of the entry box.
  • smorebuds - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Def agree. I ended up copy/pasting into notepad. Not ideal!
  • Titillating - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Sorry about that! This is a new contest-hosting service we recently started using, so we didn't realize how off the formatting would be.

    I went ahead and fixed it up a bit and it should fit the box much better!
  • Bateluer - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Not keen on adding another digital platform to my list; Steam, Origin, GoG, uPlay, etc. Don't need one for every publisher under the sun.
  • xthetenth - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Windows store is real unintrusive as far as that sort of thing goes, you can just download and then load the app as far as I've ever seen, it's the closest digital platform to not being one I've seen.
  • Azurael - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Haha, I don't buy this BS about legal wranglings around international competitions. Almost every contest offered by one of your competitors from the UK, who I won't mention by name, are open internationally. Perhaps we should petition them to exclude entrants from outside the UK so we get a fair chance at winning something over here.
  • Azurael - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Both for physical good and digital downloads, I should add. I think it's especially poor given that you have staff over here.
  • Titillating - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    "Staff" is not the same as a legal representative. Writers are not lawyers. You're welcome to believe whatever you'd like, but we're more inclined to believe our legal counsel than your anecdotes. Go ahead and do some research as to the actual costs of obtaining legal licenses for running these things in various countries, and the various stipulations that come with it. Did you know that a contest that includes Italy REQUIRES that at least one Italian citizen wins? Probably not, but then that's why we listen to our lawyers about this, because we wouldn't have known either.
  • HollyDOL - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    Honestly, who wants looks for ways, who doesn't want looks for reasons. There are tons of various lotteries or giveaways both digital and physical and majority of such is able to handle such a giveaway pretty much all over the globe (perhaps except North Korea and Iran).
  • Kristian Vättö - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - link

    The sites that do international giveaways have simply decided to ignore the local laws in hopes for more entries (and thus page views and revenue).

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