Through a post on the game’s blog today, Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher announced that the brilliant-looking Tomb Raider reboot has been delayed to 2013. He cited the reboot’s new direction as a major factor in the decision to delay the game.
“We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider… the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level you deserve,” he noted. “Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game.”
The game will be on show at E3 next month. It was originally expected on PS3 and Xbox 360 this Fall.
On a similar note, the Xbox 360-only DLC “Beneath the Ashes” episode for Tomb Raider: Underworld won’t be making its February 10 release date either. This is due to an “unexpected technical issue”.
Instead, the $10 expansion will be released “as soon as possible”. The second set – “Lara’s Shadow” – is still set for its March 10 debut though.
Two new videos from Tomb Raider: Underworld have been released, showing off some gameplay footage as well as developer interviews where they talk about the design of the environments.
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With the game coming soon, Eidos has launched a new website for Tomb Raider: Underworld, made entirely from in-game footage. The site takes players to the depths of the Mediterranean to the deep, hostile jungles of Thailand.
Each section of the website is playable and offers several in-game rewards in the form of unlockable items. You will have to complete those pesky mini-challenges first, though.
This report reveals that SCi Entertainment, owner of publisher Eidos Interactive, is taking a loss in the operating fiscal 2008 year. It also discloses that the company does not think it can sell itself for its full value and is thus not holding any talks with potential suitors. However, the bigger news is that the company has pushed back the unannounced Tomb Raider game to this Holiday season
“By moving the release dates — including the new ‘Tomb Raider: Underworld’ game — into the more lucrative 2008 Christmas trading period the company said it would better optimize long term value,” reads the report. Tomb Raider: Underworld is expected to be released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Not much is known about the game, but more information is expected soon.
The latest issue of PLAY magazine offers the world exclusive first look at Tomb Raider Underworld, the first next-gen entry in the tomb raiding franchise. Being worked on under the care of Crystal Dynamics, the studio behind the critically well-received Tomb Raider Legend, the game will be a “thrill ride for anyone new to the franchise,” according to the article. “The emphasis is on bringing Lara’s world to life, a lush, vast interactive world that reacts and remembers.”
Some of the major aspects of the game are going to be persistent environments where footprints will be left in mud, dead bodies and destruction will remain and more. A new “hybrid lighting model” was also developed for the game, which will also feature a more fluid Lara Croft, who will have “proper weight and secondary motion”, among other things.
Underworld is expected to be released sometime next year on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
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.