New Tomb Raider To Explore The Early Days Of Lara?
We don't know how many total Tomb Raider games there have been; we only know the franchise doesn't have the same clout it had in previous generations.
This is likely the reason the next title, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be a downloadable title on the PSN, with traditional old-school action/adventure gameplay. But that doesn't necessarily mean that Lara has given up on full-budget, blockbuster projects. According to Eurogamer, Crystal Dynamics has wrapped development on Guardian of Light and started the next main Tomb Raider installment, set to be released for the 2011 holiday season. They can't confirm the part of the rumor that says the subtitle will be "Downfall," but evidently, the game is being prepared for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Eurogamer also cites new artwork on ex-CD artist Joel Boucquemont's website, which shows "Tomb Raider" art that depicts a demolished cityscape; an unknown source says "some" of that is dedicated to the new game in question. Then there's the possible evidence of a "reboot" that would act like a prequel, where gamers would learn about the origins of the buxom heroine. The industry is really into prequels these days so perhaps all of this is true.
But can Crystal Dynamics create an action/adventure game that can compete with the best of the generation? The bar keeps getting set and reset and by the end of next year, the competition should be super high...
6/30/2010 9:17:28 PM Ben Dutka