New Tomb Raider due by holiday 2011?

Crystal Dynamics said to be crafting a full-scale origin story for next installment in Lara Croft-led action adventure franchise.

Source: European gaming Web site Eurogamer.

What we heard: Crystal Dynamics is trying out a co-op focused, arcade-inspired, isometric downloadable take on Lara Croft with the Guardian of Light later this summer. But outside of the impending download-only release, the developer might be preparing a full-scale title as well.

An unnamed source told Eurogamer that the next entry in the long-standing Tomb Raider franchise is due out during the holiday 2011 season. What's more, concept artwork appearing on ex-Crystal Dynamics artist Joel Boucquemont's Web site, under the Tomb Raider tab, shows a variety of environs, ranging from cityscapes to eerie tombs.

Perhaps this is Lara's new look.

The source verified last year's rumor that the game will be a "reboot" and will star a “young and inexperienced Lara Croft.” What's more, the conjecture said the game will take place in Japan and will tell the story of how Lara came to be a hardened adventurer, which are two claims the tipster verified.

The game is reportedly being developed by series studio Crystal Dynamics for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. According to the loose-lipped tipster, the development team has wrapped work on Guardian of Light and is now focused on the new game.

The official story: A representative from the game's publisher, Square Enix, has not responded to GameSpot's query for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. While 2008's Tomb Raider: Underworld failed to meet once-independent Eidos' sales expectations, the franchise remains an industry staple. Further, Eidos chief financial officer Robert Brent affirmed the studio's commitment to the franchise last year, saying that its future may reside in a more female-friendly Lara Croft.

Plus, it's not like Lara Croft hasn't undergone a complete makover before. Following the poor performance of 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, the heroine was completely redesigned for the last series reboot, 2006's Tomb Raider: Legend.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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48 comments
ZeGito
ZeGito

Nice Nice !!! i Miss Lara Croft !!! It is a lovely game :D

Gameover94
Gameover94

I really hope this is true! Loved all the Tomb Raider games (Bar Angel of darkness and underworld due to its glitches and stuff) but the first games were amazing and legend was the best for next gen. I've been waiting for more information on this Tomb raider reboot since march after the disappointment of Underworld but so far from what I've heard this looks like a great step for the tomb raider series and I really hope it happens

rebfaction
rebfaction

I don't think Tomb Raider or Lara Craft need anymore makeovers Crystal Dynamics did a very good gob on updating Tomb Raider Underworld making the changes to game-play combat graphics. It is just to bad that Tomb Raider Underworld did not get the kind of acceptance it deserved. the game was chewed up and spate-out by you people that don't like playing as a female and by it's critics on the games minor glitches that are in other games texture popping is the same in Assassins Creed and 2 but in Assassins creed the game is appreciated. Do I have and play AC 1&2 yes. Do I love AC 1&2 yes do I overlook the glitches in AC 1&2 yes. Do I have and play Tomb Raider Underworld yes do I love to play Tomb Raider Underworld yes do I overlook the glitches in Tomb Raider Underworld yes I do because as a gamer I am open minded and honest If I was worried about the glitches in video games I would not be buying video games.

dustgarden
dustgarden

What?!? The concept art on Joel Boucquemont's website looks like stuff used for Legend and Underworld. Dude doesn't work at Crystal anymore so he obviously doesn't have anything to do with possible new Tomb Raider for 2011. Rumors about young Lara, Japanese island and 'female-friendly' makeover are old news.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Tomb Raider and Lara Croft need a bit of a makeover. Perhaps this can get the series going again. I have high hopes.

steelmouth
steelmouth

tomb raider, i hate them all because of the damn puzzles i never did finish the last two that i bought 2 years back and am not the only one, my ex gave up on them too after i gave them to her and now they just collecting dust

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

@supadave841 Legend wasn't bad, and Anniversary was actually pretty good, especially if you grew up playing the original. Not saying it's better than Uncharted, but I definitely enjoyed playing it.

rebfaction
rebfaction

Uncharted fans you people make me laugh. To stop making Tomb Raider just becuse you hate the game is not going to happen. If you don't like the game then don't buy it. Uncharted the Tomb Raider clone will never replace the true Tomb Raider from 1996 to 2008 and on Lara Croft has bin and always be the true Tomb Raider where other games just followed it's lead.

supadave841
supadave841

they need to give up already, uncharted took over the tomb raiding adventures. i cant see another lame tomb raider beating uncharted 1 and 2 out of its throne.

Aucardo
Aucardo

Lara Croft? Japan? Sounds intresting, although i've only played Legend.

Rizion89
Rizion89

Given how Eidos is pumping out great quality this year with Just Cause 2 and the upcoming new Deus Ex, I got a feeling they will hit the nail on the head with this new Tomb Raider. The redesign for Lara is all apart of a better marketing strategy. They want the franchise to feel new from the ground up. Hopefully Eidos will use the experiences from their most recent projects to get Lara back into the spotlight.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

@Philly1UPer Tomb Raider is well past its prime. Its becoming the next Sonic the Hedgehog with every installment getting a bit worse. Underworld was actually pretty decent, but the combat is still horrendous in Tomb Raider games. Get rid of the damn lock on targeting system that hasn't changed in 14 years!!. Let's face it. Uncharted is the new king of Tomb raiding! Nathan Drake kills Lara.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

Please just let Lara Croft die peacefully.

supadave841
supadave841

who cares?! how many times have we seen this? they all fail.

kris912
kris912

Applauds @ SERIOUS...U NAILED IT!!!! "The Uncharted series is doing exactly what Lara is should be doing. Concentrate on gameplay and story. Don't worry about Lara's Design."

Serious
Serious

They keep trying to reinvent Lara Croft instead of simply trying to make a good game. The Origin I read was simple. Lara at age 15 when the Family Jet crashes in the Rain Forest. With the help of the plane's captain Lara makes it half way before he dies. Then Lara had to survive on her own and make it the rest of the way out. Having experienced life on the edge Lara could never be satisfied with just being Lady Croft and used her money seek out adventure ever since.

The Uncharted series is doing exactly what Lara is should be doing. Concentrate on gameplay and story. Don't worry about Lara's Design. Hey, How about a Tombraider/Uncharted game now that would rock if you put Lara and Nate together using the engine from Resident Evil 5.

Marky360
Marky360

I used to love the TR games but lately I have given up hope on the franchise and it looks like the latest game won't be restoring my hope anytime soon

Dominuss
Dominuss

I'm an avid TR player ever since the first one came out, and I have to say, with the exception of Angel of Death (?) I enjoyed most of them, especially Underworld. It felt whole to me in a mature Tomb Raider kind of way, but then again - I was looking for a mature tomb raider game. Perhaps that was the problem with it's popularity.

DutchZombie
DutchZombie

If they can improve the shooting controls (similar to Gears) and go away from the somewhat cartoony visuals to more realism, then I would absolutely get it without a second thought. Longer playtime and a greater focus on grave robbing wouldn't hurt either.

SethandJeremy
SethandJeremy

Sounds cool but they need to make sure its not fill with bugs and glitches. If that artwork is for the next Tomb Raider then I got to say they're great plus if the story is just just as great as uncharted. I might actually play a Tomb Raider game because the last one I played was Legend on the PS2. Also I think the Guardian Of Light might be a great co-op game.

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

Hate to break it to you all, tomb raider sells well, or they wouldn't keep making it. I loved the last 2 tomb Raiders with the new overhauled control system and movement. Keep them coming!

Barighm
Barighm

I trust Crystal Dynamics. They did a great job with the remake of the original TR. I'll be looking forward to this.

Suly_K
Suly_K

that picture looks like rhianna in the old days lol

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

Eh. All of you "Uncharted" fans, get a grip. This is good news to me and I'll be waiting for it to hit. I think the last several games in the series have proven the franchise is not dusty or broken (as "Angel of Darkness" so obviously was, we fans admit), and that we are still justified in our devotion. If you don't like it, no one is making you buy it.

Dual_Pistols
Dual_Pistols

These concept artworks are NOT for the next Tomb Raider game! They are for a game called ´Downfall´, that was cancelled and had nothing to do with Tomb Raider.

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

I am definitely not feeling Guardian of Light. I hope a demo sways my opinion, but I am not excited OR buying based on what I have seen so far. I have all of the Lara games for my 360, and will buy the next new full release whenever it gets here. Underworld was really great in my opinion. Totally underappreciated game. Play it if you haven't. I have been a hooked fan ever since the first one.

digital_reaver
digital_reaver

why do they keep rebooting a series that doesnt work anymore? Lara Croft is clearly no longer relevant to gamers who expect Gears of War or Uncharted levels these days. Perhaps they should look at doing something original! Or something new for the Legacy of Kain series! :D

punkpunker
punkpunker

remake of 2,3,4,5 will be great and add stealth on 5 so that the vision of the last level will be complete

green_dominator
green_dominator

With all due respect just end the Tomb Raider franchise, seriously........Just end it and move on to something new. How many titles have to fail until they finally pull the plug for good?

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

to me TR is dead already ever since Angel Of Darkness...

Zero9698
Zero9698

new full scale tomb raider=not bogus 2011 holidat season=bogus

otanikun
otanikun

I don't like change :c I'm pretty sure we'll be seeing lukewarm reviews on an "arcade style Tomb Raider" They're robbing us it seems of the exploration aspect of the series in general, if I remember correctly this looks and plays like an arcade shooter? Bad move Square, bad move.

Rocker6
Rocker6

I think this is good news.I loved Legend,Anniversary,and Underworld.Hope it will be good like these games. BTW I hope thats not Lara`s new look.I liked more Lara with guns.In that picture,she looks like some savage.

jkhd831
jkhd831

I hope the stories good like in Legend. the end was AMAZING.

DantheMan9856
DantheMan9856

right on ice man, you can be my wingman any time.

killered3
killered3

Uhh..."female friendly", huh? Somehow I don't like the sound of that. They might end up turning Croft from a cold-hearted b**** to a girly Charlie's Angel!

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

I knew it! Im enormous Tomb Raider fan and I knew Crystal was cooking new game besides that awkward Diablo-clon. God I just hope it isn't a movie tie-in because it's rumored that third movie is in the making. And it would be great if they introduced some survival-horror elements too.

silverdoe
silverdoe

Square may transform this into a JRPG! lol

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

Tomb Raider: Legend, although it was the shortest, was still one of my favourite tomb raiders, i don't know why though.

ryan69969
ryan69969

Crystal D did a great job 'rebooting' the franchise with Legend and Anniversary. Unfortunately, Underworld was a bit of a step back. Hopefully they'll get back on track with the next game.

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

it's like sega on sonic games all over again.

IndianaPwns39
IndianaPwns39

New concept art looks a lot like Kate Beckinsale. But this article is good news. I've always enjoyed the series but it's faltered in recent years. Seeing a reboot, and it done with care, would be a very good thing. This series deserves a remarkable game. Also, I know I'm alone on this, but I'd like to see Croft bump into Drake from Uncharted in some sort of crossover. I think it would be entertaining to see how the two would interact.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

If they take a few cues from Uncharted, Tomb Raider may be able to make a come-back- though i still have yet to play a TR game i've enjoyed, with the exception of the first one (which came out at a time when ANY third person 3D adventure game would've impressed me)

lamprey263
lamprey263

I thought Underworld was pretty good, I think it performed less than expected though due to the release date they chose for it. They released it in that one month timeframe between mid-October to mid-November of 2008 where we saw the release of other highly anticipated titles like Dead Space, Fable 2, Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, Little Big Planet, Resistance 2, Motorstorm Pacific Rift, Left 4 Dead, CoD World At War, Mirror's Edge, Far Cry 2, and End War. Even some of these good games saw lower than expected sales, due to all the high quality titles releasing all at once. All the console sales of Tomb Raider Underworld that are tracked on VGChartz shows it has sold about 2.5 million on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and Wii, which isn't too bad. That's better than the 2.1 million Dead Space has made since its release, another game that under performed but was actually pretty friggin good. Anyhow, I'm glad they may actually make another Tomb Raider, I really enjoyed the last one. And considering they've tried introducing a multi-game story arc through Legend and Underworld, it'd be nice for a change if they at least got to finish it up... though they say it's going to center this around a young Lara I don't see how they're going to tie up the story, but I'm still just glad they're making another game.

Flint247
Flint247

I want a remake of Tomb Raider 3!

enoslives7
enoslives7

Lara had better be naked throughout the whole game.

muppen
muppen

Cool, I love the Tomb Raider series :)