Naughty Dog Hopes Tomb Raider Turns Out "Amazing"
When Uncharted: Drake's Fortune arrived back in 2007, many called it a Tomb Raider for a new generation.
Four years later, we consider Naughty Dog's new franchise to be one of the best in the history of the industry, while we await the Tomb Raider reboot, an attempt to rejuvenate an ailing series and character icon.
And while it's likely that Naughty Dog used Lara's past adventures as inspiration for Uncharted, the tables are reversed now and game director Justin Richmond says "it's an honor" to see Crystal Dynamics using Drake's adventures as inspiration.
"Itís an honour, but at the end of the day I just hope that those guys make an awesome game. The reason we make these games is so that we can play them. Iím really interested to play the new Tomb Raider.., weíve always been very open as a studio, go to GDC [Games Developerís Conference] and thereíll be 15 talks about exactly how we made the game. We donít hide that stuff.
And thereís a reason for that, we want to bring the whole industry up and raise the level of the games being made. I think the Tomb Raider guys are doing what they want to do and theyíve made some bold choices with the way theyíve approached the design of Lara. I havenít played it but I hope it comes out really amazing."
As for the Lara redesign, we've already stated our approval, and we wouldn't be surprised if Crystal Dynamics took a few hints from Naughty Dog's playbook. And there's nothing wrong with that, as Richmond says. Here's hoping!
Related Game(s): Tomb Raider
10/24/2011 9:05:33 PM Ben Dutka