Square Enix reboots Tomb Raider franchise

Lara Croft reimagined as young, inexperienced

Publisher Square Enix has revealed plans to reimagine its venerable Tomb Raider IP, opting to wave aside the previous installments in favour of a new take on iconic action hero Lara Croft.

The new game, simply titled 'Tomb Raider', features a younger, inexperience Croft and will offer a revised origin story. Capcom recently announced plans to do similar with Devil May Cry, while a comparable approach proved successful for recent James Bond movies.

"Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider," said Crystal Dynamics boss Darrell Gallagher. "This is an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character defining journey like no other."

While this is the first time that Tomb Raider's in-game fiction has been reset, the series has enjoyed three prior creative rethinks.

2003's poorly-received Angel of Darkness led to the franchise being taken from original developers Core Design and handed to Crystal Dynamics for 2006's Tomb Raider: Legend, while this Summer saw download-only isometric title Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Dates and platforms are unknown, although US consumer magazine Game Informer promises more information in its next issue.

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Antony Cain Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Sunderland College7 years ago
Sounds a bit sleezy... oh no, a helpless, young, inexperienced Lara! Next she'll be making completely random unnecessary groans and moans like Vanille in FFXIII.

Sex sells I guess!
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University7 years ago
so true antony
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 7 years ago
This has been 'known' about for a while, but I'm currently playing my way through (and really enjoying) Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, I'm now interested in the series again - am even looking at picking up Underworld once I'm finished.

Do we know what this reboot's gonna be called yet? Most series just go back to the name of the first instalment, so I wouldn't be surprised if this just gets called 'Tomb Raider' again.
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Bostjan Troha CEO, Zootfly7 years ago
The recent Bond movies were so successful that the franchise is now suspended indefinitely.
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Anthony Colin Rodgers CreativeDirector, Exient Ltd7 years ago
@Terrence: Says in the body text it's going to be just called "Tomb Raider".

@Bostjan: Problems with MGM studios cash-flow as opposed to the success of an individual movie franchise, unfortunately...
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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek7 years ago
I think the new direction is exactly what Tomb Raider needs, looking at the concept and reading that article makes me think it would be a less humourous Uncharted with a story like Heavenly Sword, playing on the vulnarability of Lara through the design. That could be a great game, but dreams are always better than reality.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 7 years ago
We all know Uncharted and we would all sign up for Uncharted-Croft, but at the same time, Tomb Raider is no longer the benchmark of a genre, but has a giant monolith to compete with. May your skills be with you, Crystal Dynamics.
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Christopher Bowen Owner, Gaming Bus 7 years ago
"Square-Enix reboots Tomb Raider"

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Private Industry 7 years ago
Can I get a new Soul Reaver instead? My archaeological treasure hunting is already served with Uncharted.
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Adam Campbell Studying Games Technology, City University London7 years ago
It needs rebooting, and I think Square-Enix can influence some fresh ideas with the new management.
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Michael Armer Studying Games Development National Diploma Level 3, Lancaster and Morecambe College7 years ago
woo look at Ant getting the first comment, just because the topics about a girl
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 7 years ago
As a longtime TR fan with lots of love and hate for some parts of the franchise, so it'll be interesting to see what's what as this one progresses. I'm hoping Guardian of Light actually comes to handhelds in some form, as it was really a TON of fun in single and co-op.

The "new" Lara and the story are indeed intriguing, but as long as we also get a few new moves and different takes on the classic stuff that worked, I'll be a happy camper. I'm hoping there's a decidedly single-player focus to the new game,a s too many third-person action games devolve into basically running around and shooting each other in the head for points and profit. Then again, if done correctly, I wouldn't mind something unique for multi-play...
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Well in Tomb Raider's defense, it seems their going to take the Dark path, much like the Batman movies are doing right now.

Read some info about, it's not gonna be Lara Croft the innocent helpless little girl, it's gonna be Lara Croft the innocent helpless little girl forming to be the Tomb Raider we know or a much darker, mysterious version.

The concept seems very interesting to me, I like the old Tomb Raiders and even the new PSN/XBLA itteration, but I'm pretty sure this will bring it to a whole new level.

I mean just look at the teaser picture on Gameinformer, does that look like a helpless little girl to you? :P

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EDIT: not sure if the pic is working, it's not posting the link I want it to post, not at home so can't check from here.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Joffrie Diependaele on 7th December 2010 8:44am

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I'd love to see Lara croft return to UK soil in terms of development, narrative and execution
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Ryan Duclos Code Monkey, Double Cluepon Software7 years ago
Whew, I saw square-enix and Reboot and was scared square was gonna bring back and ruin my favorite childhood show.

But on topic, Looks like square is all of out good ideas, but that's not new either.
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