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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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