Lara Croft goes downloadable for Guardian of Light

Square Enix drops Tomb Raider name to focus on the face of the franchise; new Crystal Dynamics-developed installment due this year.

The next Tomb Raider game won't be a Tomb Raider game at all. Square Enix today announced that it will release Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light through digital distribution channels later this year.

"What's a 'Tomb Raider'?"

Development duties for the game have been entrusted to Crystal Dynamics. The San Francisco-based studio was long known as the developer behind the Legacy of Kain and Gex franchises, but in recent years has been credited with reviving the Tomb Raider brand, one which original publisher Eidos (which has since been acquired by Square Enix) acknowledged had been tarnished. Crystal Dynamics breathed new life into the series with the 2006 revamp Tomb Raider: Legend and has since focused on the franchise, with Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Underworld coming from the shop in the following years.

Square Enix hasn't revealed any details about the game or to which platforms it will come. However, Crystal Dynamics general manager Darrell Gallagher said in a statement that the game is "completely new and very different to what people might be expecting."

This won't be the first time Lara Croft has gone downloadable. Tomb Raider: Anniversary received a retail release for the Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii, but the game was also cut into pieces for Microsoft's console and released as a series of downloadable episodes for the previous year's Tomb Raider: Legend.

For more on Lara Croft's last outing, check out GameSpot's review of Tomb Raider: Underworld.

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97 comments
crazyirishmikey
crazyirishmikey

... I don't know what to say, I'm torn ... I love Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider series ... but I HATE down loadable games, if I pay for something I want to have a copy and own it forever. What am I going to do? :?

Kondix
Kondix

I liked them all Tomb Raiders, espescially the last three... but this looks like an IPhone game... will pass on this!

oneligas
oneligas

the only good tomb raider was Legend the rest stink

tremor33
tremor33

@ slimify-d you said it. When I buy something that costs over $10 I like something tangible to hold. DLC is great, but like a bookshelf, i like my game shelf to be stocked with treasures that i wouldn't mind playing again or breaking out if a friend comes over.

Claidheamb_mor
Claidheamb_mor

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light? Sounds a bit too much like Professor Layton and the Curious Village to me! In all fairness, I haven't enjoyed a Tomb Raider game since the first couple instalments. It's a very limited franchise. The original blew my mind all those years ago. The sense of exploration within a hostile environment had a palpable atmosphere. As for this instalment being DLC only, I'm not interested in buying unless Crystal Dynamics really pull all the stops out. I will always be a loyal follower of CD after the magical Legacy of Kain games, but DLC-only gaming leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I guess this is Squenix attempting to revitalise an ageing brand. It will be interesting to monitor the results.

Slagar
Slagar

"Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light"? They might as well drop the "Final Fantasy" name while they're at it. Will not buy.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Im really not interested in download only games. You never truly own it, you just rent it.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

i have my doubts... $E's RPG have been losing quality to me, so i have little faith that this game will do any better when their trademark RPG isnt...

JoePiervincenti
JoePiervincenti

I actually like the idea of downloading games, only because like that Ratchet & Clank one, it's cheaper because it's shorter. This won't be a 15-20 hour game. I do like the idea of owning the disc too, but if it makes the difference between the same game being $20 downloadable and $40-$50 from retail as it's more expensive, I can deal with it!

slimify-d
slimify-d

@suicide-panda, good stuff I'd honestly started to think it was just me

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

My friend and I will definitely be looking forward to this.

slimify-d
slimify-d

call me old fashion, but i really like "owning" the game, i dont like having a full size game on DL only. arcade//psn titles yeh thats cool & everyone loves a bit of DLC but full games i want on a disc and in a case that i can put on my shelf and build a collection anyone else agree?

punkpunker
punkpunker

that title is making me blush cos its sounds like a harry potter movie/book. anyway lara is BACK

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Its interesting that the struggling big name franchises like Sonic and Tomb Raider have turned to the digital market for a fresh start. I wonder if that will catch on like the Retro revivals have.

MamoruNoHakkyou
MamoruNoHakkyou

Can't you just wait to see any sort of real info about this game before condemning it? I for one am quite excited. The only thing that I don't find great about the announcement of a new game with our favorite treasure hunting femme fatale is the "downloadable only" aspect of it.

Naomz
Naomz

Sweetness! Always look forward to a new Tomb Raider game. Ill download it for sure! Woo! Lara Croft!

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

I just hope this game expands the possibilities of what the "Tomb Raider" series can become, hopefully now that SE owns it, maybe they'll have some say to how the game is developed? If not, just hope this isnt a spinoff which will drive the series down to its grave even more :

microwavedapple
microwavedapple

I hope this is that heavily rumoured horror game. That looked awesome.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I wonder what downloadable services this'll be on. WiiWare, PSN, XBLA, or Steam, maybe?

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

@ RitterXplode oh yeah, it's stupid but Square enix has it (which is also stupid) so it can do with it whatever they want (which is you guessed it- stupid)!With all those stupidities I have a wrong feeling about this game...

Gamesmasterx
Gamesmasterx

Hmm, I'll be waiting to see what this is. Loved what they did with the last 3 games, but the name sounds more like an RPG, but hey, I can't judge it just yet.

Dualmask
Dualmask

Normally such a name change would be a death sentence. Couldn't imagine Nintendo changing the name of the Metroid series to something like "Samus Aran: Return of the Space Pirates". But Lara Croft has always been the brand...the "Tomb Raider" title, while cool, has become increasingly irrelevant over the years. Heck, so little of the second Tomb Raider movie actually took place in anything resembling tombs that it was hard to remember the words 'Tomb Raider' were part of the title. It's a good change, and hopefully it will lead to some refreshing developments in the Tomb R--er, Lara Croft series.

richioso
richioso

@godzillavskong I'll second that mate, I still play legacy of kain.

Halloll
Halloll

Why is lara still alive? give 47 insted

Kulcan
Kulcan

if you ask me the title style looks like Harry Potter.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

The "Tomb Raider" moniker was pretty much irrelevant in a large part of the series since Lara would explore tons of places besides tombs and ancient temples. I like the name change, I hope this will help push the franchise into new directions.

Dahaka-UK
Dahaka-UK

People are fooling themselves if they think Square-Enix is going to have any influence on any of Eidos's games. They bought eidos for the very reason of appealing to the western market. This game wont have animed style graphics, it wont have buster swords, it wont have RPG elements. It's just going to be a very different take on the tomb raider formula. Like Silent Hill shattered memories was to the silent hill franchise.

dunger1234
dunger1234

hope it doesnt turn out to be an iphone game...

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

funny title, but i still looking forward for this game

RitterXplode
RitterXplode

@ TheVGamer, this is not going to be a TR game...

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

The styled tittle looks like Lord of the rings !Anyway I am huge Tomb Raider fan and I was looking for a same ol' exp with Lara ing jungles or ruins.But let's see what this is.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Solid Snake "MGS" already old & near death... even Jim Raynor from "StarCraft" become old... they both are legends... why she is (Lara Croft "Tomb Raider") always young & called legend... this is not true.. & violates the laws of nature... SCREW CRAZY DEVELOPERS...

Krystyan68
Krystyan68

Will our beloved Lara go all anime on us? :P

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

WTF no Tomb Raider? Coming from the company that's going to release final fantasy xxvii some day it's really odd.

wondernova
wondernova

underworld was seriously underrated. but everyone reading this story already knew that, cos we are all lara fans!. cant wait for the next adventure.

wexorian
wexorian

square enix will do good game think it's bad that crystal dynamics got big economic problems but think it will be good game like old ones i mean before legend.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Hmm, well i hope it's a quality game.Underworld was extremely underrated and highly enjoyable, so hopefully it being download only won't stop it from being as good or better than Underworld. Edit:Nope, it looks fairly cheap and lame. :(

Anime_Fan1986
Anime_Fan1986

The title sounds very RPGish... Not saying it is, its just an unusual name for tomb raider. I cant help but picture Lara carrying a buster sword and casting blizzaga or something, lol

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Dear Square, if you want to fatten your pockets, put Crystal Dynamics to work on another Legacy of Kain. I'd even buy a HD remake of Soul Reaver. That game still gets some play on my Dreamcast.

nachi_lobo
nachi_lobo

My infance reborn with Lara Croft

trastamad03
trastamad03

Sounds like a Harry Potter-like title.

charmed23
charmed23

NICE! I like the name change too. Fingers cross for the series

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Legend and Aniversary were actually pretty good games. And they were relatively nice looking too.

gijas
gijas

Um still playing Underworld and stuck at the Mayan level but if they improve the game from this then Im all for it.

Trogeton
Trogeton

I would prefer a disc over dlc

somberfox
somberfox

I knew it, I knew Square acquiring these franchises would mean they'll be changed, possibly gaining rpg aspects. Now I'm waiting to hear what they do with Hitman.