Yes, it’s no surprise that a next-gen Tomb Raider game is in the making, but official confirmation comes from an EuroGamer interview with Ian Livingstone, where the Eidos bigwig revealed that the new “Lara Croft” is so good that you’ll be literally “drooling”. Though he didn’t mention when the “drooling” might begin, he did mention that a third Tomb Raider movie may be made: a scriptwriter has been hired by Paramount, however it is “nowhere near the green-light process”, so don’t get your hopes too high… yet.
The full interview can be seen on EuroGamer’s online TV show.
Revealed earlier via rumors and semi-announcements, Eidos has finally officially announced Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a re-telling of the original Tomb Raider, for PC, PS2 and PSP. It is set for release sometime next year.
The first Tomb Raider, released back in 1996, has become a legend (and also created a legend out of its big-busted heroine), and has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. As expected, the ‘Anniversary’ game will make use of an enhanced Tomb Raider: Legend game engine, though it will preserve the elements which made the original a classic. Development is being handled by Crystal Dynamics, the guys behind the Legend game.
Quoting SCi Entertainment CEO Jane Cavanagh, Tomb Raider Chronicles reports that Crystal Dynamics is hard at work on a new Tomb Raider game set for release in 2008. Responsible for the fabulously fantastic Tomb Raider: Legend, Crystal Dynamics is working on “new versions of Tomb Raider (including a PS3 version);” it is also working on a completely new franchise.
Can’t wait till 2008 for more Lara Croft goodness? SCi is set to release a special Tomb Raider 10th Anniversary Edition game in the second half of its 2007 financial year. It is also going to release Tomb Raider: Legend on Gamecube, DS and GBA.
Eidos’ product acquisition director Ian Livingstone is a man with words… lots of it. In an interview (part 2) with Gamesindustry, he stated his support for all three next-gen consoles, offering positive words for each of them. According to him (and rightly so), Microsoft “has obviously got a 12 month head start on the competition” with Xbox 360, while Nintendo is “concentrating on gameplay above all else” with a “cheaper priced product” referring to the Wii.
His most positive words, however, were left for the PS3: “It’s extraordinary quality, that’s the starting point,” he said about the console’s Blu-ray technology, adding that “if people are seeking the ultimate machine, the PS3 is clearly the best spec machine as far as next-gen goes. As with all things in life, you have to pay for quality.” He concluded that “Sony just has to educate people that yes, it’s a lot of money, but it’ll be worth it.”
He didn’t stop there. Livingstone also spoke about the company’s big franchise, and gaming icon, Lara Croft, commenting that further Tomb Raider games are in development and that the publisher is currently speaking to Paramount about a third Tomb Raider film. And that’s not all: he also made the dubious claim that Lara Croft is more popular than Mario, Nintendo’s long-time mascot, due to her ability to break beyond the games niche “thanks to two blockbuster films” as well as her appeal to women as well as men.
One of Kotaku’s legions of “super secret agent reader” has sent in word that Eidos is planning on re-doing Tomb Raider 1 and 2 for release by the time the franchise hits its 10 year anniversary. To get your “juices” flowing:
Anyway, I was over at Eidos/SCi headquarters for an interview when I stumbled upon some material concerning a new Lara Croft game. My juices got flowing when I realized I was looking at the real thing and I started asking some questions. Turns out Eidos/SCi are planning on celebrating Lara’s 10th birthday by releasing a remake of her original adventure. We are talking improved graphics, new moves, the lot. If there is time, the “new” game will feature a remake of both Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II: The Dagger of Xian, but right now the developers are focusing on Lara Croft’s first adventure.
According to Wikipedia, Tomb Raider hits the 10 year mark this November. Maybe an announcement from Eidos is imminent?
Having already confirmed it for the Gamecube, Eidos issued word that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is headed to all three current-generation Nintendo consoles – DS, GBA and Gamecube.
Currently available for the PS2, PC, Xbox and Xbox 360, Legend has moved quite a lot of copies thanks to rave reviews and basically being the best game in the franchise.
Lara Croft will be visiting the aforementioned Nintendo consoles this Autumn.
Get ready for another Tomb Raider movie: Dark Horizons reports that Angelina Jolie has signed on for the third film and that she has already started training for her role as Lara Croft.
This comes from Ian Livingstone, creator of the game and character, who said that in a statement to The Daily Express. As the article rightly points out, the first two films, despite critical beatings, have managed to score $274 and $156 million in their theatrical runs with great business on DVD.
Angelina Jolie is also currently working on other movies, including Sin City 2 and Ocean’s Thirteen. No release date was set for Tomb Raider 3, but don’t expect it before 2008.
Lara Croft is back, and better than ever! The seventh entry in the series has topped the UK charts in all categories – PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360 – except for the PC where it got beaten by another Eidos title Championship Manager 2006. The game is also the fastest selling title this year in the region.
Lara Croft has become yet more popular – the big busted digital vixen has been awarded a Guinness World Record as the “Most Successful Human Videogame Heroine.”
The prize is justified though: Lara has sold over 28 million games worldwide, appeared onstage with U2, adorned the cover of over 200 magazines, and she has also famously taken the blame for another goalkeeping error by England goalkeeper and big Lara fan David James. Additionally, two movies based on the videogame franchise have been made with Angelina Jolie in the lead role.
Tomb Raider: Legends is Lara’s latest outing. It will be available starting April 11 on the PSP, PS2, PC, Xbox and Xbox 360.
First up, the demos!
- Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend (X360)
- Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg on Battlefront
And now the patches: