Video games’ first ever sex symbol will be getting an all-new look in an upcoming game. Lara Croft, starof the long-running Tomb Raider series, undergoes a radical re-imagining in a new title simply entitled Tomb Raider. Publisher Square Enix issued a press release that teased the new game:
‘After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was travelling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach. On her own but not alone, she has only one goal, to survive’
Here begins the first adventure for a young and inexperienced Lara Croft in a story which charts the journey of an ordinary woman who finds out just how far she must go in order to stay alive.
“Forget everything you knew about TOMB RAIDER, we are exploring things that have never been done before in this game,” said Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio, Crystal Dynamics. “This is an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character defining journey like no other.”
Crystal Dynamics made this summer’s Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and has had the reins of the series for the last four games. The franchise isn’t the powerhouse it once was, with Croft having her shooting-dudes-in-exotic-locales thunder stolen by Nathan Drake and the Playstation-exclusive Uncharted series. (More on Techland: Go into the Light: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Review)
No release date or further information is known right now, but one has to wonder how extensive the changes to Lara’s look and back story will be. Will she still be a British archeologist? Will the game have co-op? Will she be made to look like Kim Kardashian or Olivia Munn, both of whom have been mentioned in rumors of movie reboots?
So many questions. Here’s hoping that the developer and publisher will be answering them soon. Until then, it’s probably a good idea to watch the Tomb Raider website.
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