Crystal Dynamics


To be filed under things nobody ever wanted/people actively wished wouldn’t happen: a new Tomb Raider film is, in fact, on its way to the big screen.

As many will recall, this will be Lara Croft’s first cinematic outing since Angelina Jolie stumbled her way through 2001’s Tomb Raider and its almost-so-bad-it’s-good sequel, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Ironic how a motion picture with the word ‘life’ in the title was the unintended death of a budding franchise! (more…)


The most recent Tomb Raider was a well deserved and well done reboot of the series. After a rocky patch during its promotion, once the game actually released it was met with acclaim from hardcore and casual gamers alike. Not only was it a damn fun adventure game, but it was probably the first time I played a game with a female protagonist that didn’t make such a fuss about her being a female protagonist.

And the only thing that makes me happier than a game that understands you can produce a solid, entertaining, engaging action-adventure game no matter the sex of your lead character, is learning we’re getting a sequel.

The news of a Tomb Raider sequel was sort of already leaked when comic book writer, Gail Simone spoke about the details of her upcoming Tomb Raider comic, saying it would bridge the events of the first game and its sequel. Today though, Square Enix CEO for the Americas and Europe, Phil Rogers  confirmed there’s a sequel in works, announcing the game is, “well into development.” Former head of Crystal Dynamics, the studio responsible for the successful reboot, Darrell Gallagher, who’s also now head of product development and studios at Square Enix, added,

It’s still early days, so I’m afraid I can’t provide any further details for now save my assurance that we’re not resting on our laurels and acclaim from Tomb Raider’s recent successes, but working hard to raise the bar even higher and re-affirm the faith you’ve shown.

All I can ask for is a game crafted with the same attention for great game play and thrilling adventure. Give me that and I’ll be as happy as when I’m playing Lara Croft laying waste to weirdo cultists with a grenade launcher.

Sigh. Though I guess this means I’ll need to buy one of those damn, new-fangled, next generations consoles. Double sigh.

Source: Joystig via The Mary Sue

The game that is. Yes, we are now rebooting video games, welcome to the future.

The classic 90’s action adventure game that turned a few hundred polygons into a sex symbol (it was a simpler low-res time) will be coming back to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on March 5th of next year. Simply titled Tomb Raider, the game will focus on the gritty beginnings of fictional English archaeologist/tight shirt enthusiast Lara Croft. The tale of how she went from a young and innocent girl in a muscle shirt to a hardened woman bent on survival in a torn muscle shirt.


So, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics took to the games official Facebook page today to reveal a dozen new screenshots. As much as I want to groan at the thought of a video game reboot, I do have to say it looks pretty. I would go so far as to say it looks like they are taking the franchise into Uncharted territory.

Yea, I meant it that way. Check out the pics after the jump.



Early last month, we got a look at the cover of a Game Informer mag that featured a new Tomb Raider game that showed a dirty and younger Lara Croft. While there were a few folks who were open to the new look and style, we did get the “Eww she’s dirty and looks like a man” and the “Where’s her boobs?” comments.

If you were one of those folks that complained, well, it’s time for you to shut the fuck up as the new details for the game sounds pretty damn good. Here are the details:

Lara will be 21 in this game; There will be “brutal” death tracks, including a “deranged” man stabbing Lara in the chest and a boulder trap that crushes her head; Concept art shows a bow, shotgun and pistol; Aiming is now free and not locked onto targets; The linear paths are gone, with Crystal Dynamics saying the player “can literally go any direction” and “carve [their] own way to the finish line;” There are “base camps” in the game which act as areas to combine items and improve skills, and also unlock fast traveling; You’ll need food and water to survive.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a cool adventure-survival vibe and if Crystal Dynamics does this right, we may see a proper revival of Lara Croft. If the new details don’t help, then click the jump button to check out some awesome looking pictures for the upcoming game, especially the first image since it’s a dirty and wet Lara on her knees (you know you’ve all imagined her in that position).