Rise of the Tomb Raider will include some form of multiplayer functionality that allows players to "extend their single-player campaign and compete with their friends", Microsoft has confirmed to VideoGamer.com.
Clarification follows a report earlier this week claiming that a dedicated multiplayer mode would not be included in Lara's next adventure, although details on how exactly the competitive element will work have yet to be revealed.
"Crystal Dynamics are hard at work on Rise of the Tomb Raider and excited to deliver an amazing experience on Nov. 10 (US, 13, Nov. UK)," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement provided to us this morning.
"In the coming weeks and months, stay tuned for more info on all things Rise of the Tomb Raider - including how players will be able to extend their single-player campaign and compete with their friends."
Reading between the lines, the statement suggests that Rise of the Tomb Raider may not include a dedicated multiplayer mode like the original game, but instead feature competitive online functionality embedded within the single-player campaign.
Reports suggesting that Rise of the Tomb Raider would not feature a multiplayer mode appeared over the weekend after the latest issue of OXM claimed that multiplayer had been "cut from the experience".
The game's predecessor, which launched in 2013, featured a dedicated multiplayer mode developed by Deus Ex studio Eidos Montreal.
Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on Xbox One and Xbox 360 this November, with PC and PS4 releases due in 2016.