Although there is still a month to go until Rise of the Tomb Raider is released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, plot spoilers and gameplay videos are appearing on Youtube and in Tomb Raider discussion forums on an almost daily basis. The situation will undoubtedly get worse once the game is out and will make the long wait for the PC and PS4 versions all the more unbearable.
And while I firmly believe the onus of avoiding spoilers lies with each fan, I would like my readers to feel that they can continue to visit The Archaeology of Tomb Raider, safe in the knowledge that major plot spoilers will not be divulged on this site or that any potential spoilers will be highlighted as such.
So I would like to take this opportunity to outline The Archaeology of Tomb Raider’s policy on Rise of the Tomb Raider spoilers.
On the Blog:
- There will be no Rise of the Tomb Raider-related editions of Arte-Factual, Gods & Monsters, or Lara’s Travels until after December 31st, 2015. While I love researching and writing these features and could try to hide them behind spoiler warnings, I feel it would simply be safer to avoid publishing these for the time being. Thankfully, the series has more than enough source material to keep me busy until the end of the year so there *will* be new editions of the aforementioned features, just not ones that focus on Rise of the Tomb Raider.
- Readers should assume that all game reviews and “first impressions” articles contain some plot spoilers or screenshots that may reveal new locations and/or characters. If you’re unable to play the game for the foreseeable future, it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid reading these articles. If you click on these links, you do so at your own peril.
- All comments left on the blog need to be approved by me before they appear on the blog so readers need not worry too much about spoilers appearing in the comments sections of my articles, especially in any articles that are not directly relevant to Rise of the Tomb Raider. Please keep in mind, however, that there may be some spoilers in the comments sections of my game reviews and “first impressions” articles. I will not delete anyone’s comments unless I deem it absolutely necessarily.
- I will try to avoid retweeting any screenshots or tweets that reveal major plot points. However, please keep in mind that everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a spoiler so I apologize in advance for any potential spoilers that may appear on your timeline.
- If you’re absolutely determined to avoid any type of spoiler on Twitter, I recommend muting my account (although this means you’ll miss my other tweets) or, if you’re on Tweetdeck, muting certain hashtags or keywords. Or maybe just stay off Twitter for a while…
- This is where things get tricky. It is extremely difficult to moderate people’s comments on the Archaeology of Tomb Raider Facebook page since anyone can post a comment on any of my posts at any time of the day and, contrary to popular belief, I do sleep and have a life offline. While I will do my best to hide any spoiler-heavy comments, especially if the people posting them appear to be doing so to enrage PC/PS4 gamers, some of these comments may slip through the net. This policy will be in place for at least the first few weeks after the game’s release and will be extended if needed.
- People who post spoilers with the sole intention of angering PC/PS4 gamers will be given two warnings and their comments will be either hidden from the timeline or deleted. Anyone who continues to do so after receiving two warnings will be banned from the page.
- I don’t use Tumblr much and rarely reblog anyone else’s posts so my Tumblr account should be spoiler-free.
- This seems to be the least popular of my social media accounts so it should be mostly spoiler-free. Under normal circumstances, anything I post on the Google+ page is automatically emailed to those who follow me there but I will be deactivating this option for the foreseeable future.
On Youtube & Twitch:
- Since I will be unable to stream or record any gameplay from my ageing Xbox 360, there will be no Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay videos on my Youtube and Twitch channels until the game is out for the PS4 next autumn. The only Rise videos you’ll find on my Youtube channel will be those that have been officially released by Crystal Dynamics (e.g. trailers, “Making Of” videos, staff interviews). It will be entirely up to you to decide whether or not you wish to view these.
- With regards to Youtube comments, I kindly ask that people refrain from posting spoilers in the videos’ comments sections. Comments containing spoilers will be removed at my discretion and serial offenders will have all of their comments hidden from my channel.
So that’s The Archaeology of Tomb Raider’s policy on Rise spoilers for the next couple of months. This policy will be amended as needed and will be extended beyond December 31st if I deem it necessary (though, personally, I reckon anything that can be spoilt will be spoilt way before then).
If you need any further clarification on this matter or want to voice any concerns you may have, please leave your questions or comments below.