New Tomb Raider game will lead on from comic book plot

2014 Tomb Raider comic series to "lead directly" into new Tomb Raider game, says author.

Square Enix's Tomb Raider reboot will continue in a 2014 comic book series, which will lead into Lara Croft's next video game.

The comic series, due to start on February 26, 2014, will take place after the conclusion of the first game. "We start just a few weeks after the end of the game," said author Gail Simone to Kotaku, "and this is all in continuity."

"It will be Tomb Raider canon, and lead directly into the sequel. This is what got me excited; we get to be part of Lara Croft history."

Tomb Raider launched in March to sales of 3.4 million copies. Though it was one of 2013's best-selling games, Square Enix said the game had failed to meet the publisher's expectations.

Speaking about how the comic will slot into the new Tomb Raider universe, Simone said she had "always loved the classic, cool Lara Croft, but this feels like her origin story, like we're seeing her before she becomes the icon, and it's very compelling to me."

"The storytelling in [Tomb Raider] hooked me instantly. The biggest difference is, the game told a claustrophobic story in an isolated setting. We are going globetrotting."

Simone has worked in comics for many years, helming Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, and, most recently, Batgirl. She says she has now become friends with Tomb Raider author Rhianna Pratchett, and has asked her to collaborate with another upcoming comic series.

"What a joy it is to count [Pratchett] as a friend," said Simone. "She is simply an astonishing storyteller...the writing in the Tomb Raider game is so natural and believable and convincing, you really feel Lara's pain and struggle. A lot of that is pure Rhianna."

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I loved her work so much I have asked her to participate with me on a comics mini-series, Legends of Red Sonja. She's been an invaluable and remarkably generous ally in this. And her writing has a message of commitment and integrity to the characters."

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June-GS
June-GS

I would have loved to know who the artist was going to be, but Lara, Rhianna (in a way,because it's canon) and Gail? Can. Not. Wait!

Billy851
Billy851

Tomb Raider Reborn is my favourite game.. I don't like the old ones. I hope the next to be the same as reborn, with the same Lara, gameplay and atmosphere!

andruxandd
andruxandd

TR2013 was GREAT=AMAZING! Go for next TR but not comic...just like TR2013

themadmanmarz
themadmanmarz

that reboot was shit it was not Tomb Raider and there is no way in hell that girl is Lare Croft that was the ugliest video game girl that I have ever seen WTF!!!

ilovelctr
ilovelctr

The new Tomb Raider is really awesome and SE should blame themselves for the ridiculous expectation on sales figure and for the "incomplete" figure, because they have not released any physical copy for PC version in USA and they don't count the digital sales. I bought the physical copy of PC version instead of digit download because it's so great that I want to "own" it physically. Although the new Tomb Raider lacks puzzles and the side tombs are easy as hell, I really appreciate it for its fluid and well-balanced (not in multiplayer though...) combat system.

videogamer008
videogamer008

you are right there, interceptor 318.... i agree with you in a respectful way towards Dynamic Crystal... i agree 100% and the games are wonderfully incredible.  i have them all, the Tomb Raider games,  i hope they have quick timee events. build fast reflexes.

interceptor316
interceptor316

the only bad thing about the new tomb raider was that lara had smaller boobs everything else was just brilliant about the game 

mutiplayer was always going to be a failure 

vivalatour
vivalatour

TR and TLOU are tops in my book ...

Arab_Spring
Arab_Spring

Seriously, I thought the new tomb raider was excellent, I'd give it a 9/10. Off course people r gonna diss me for this and I know what ur gonna say, so:- no I am not a cod player never played cod, I play battlefield though, I know both games are just mindless shooting. Some of my all time favorites this gen :- RDR, MGS4, Spec ops line, journey, enslaved (the most underrated game of all time), bioshock series, sound shapes, street fighter 4, mass 2, god of war 3, killzone series, max Payne 4, and a few more am sure but these r the ones that stick out

CalamityKait
CalamityKait

Gail Simone is a very good comic writer, especially when it comes to writing female leads.  If they're going to do a comic tie-in with the next game, not something I'm a fan of, at least they've got a good writer handling it.

If they're going this route, though, it would be nice to see something in-game that gets the player caught up on the backstory.  I had to read the wiki to find out things that were crucial to understanding character relationships and plot developments.

Something like the dossier entries in the Arkham games or the codex in recent Bioware games.  Put the backstory in the game somewhere so that players don't have to go elsewhere to find it.


uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

Thank the gods another one will be made after it supposedly didn't do well  

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

I will never  understand folks' obsessions/attachments to the old Tomb Raider games.  I never considered those games good even back then, and even if I did they surely haven't aged well.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I have interest in a new Tomb Raider, but no interest in the comic.

voljin1987
voljin1987

Just remake last revelation.. the new games shouldnt be called tomb raider.. it should be lara croft adventures or something

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

Hope it's as good as the recent on was, which was really good.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Soooooo, Tomb Raider 2 may be coming 2014?!?!? I'm on board with that!

SgtDarthVader
SgtDarthVader

I loved the way they changed the her mentality in the reboot (compared to the older games). I mean, the old Lara was pretty bad ass and all, but the new Lara IMO feels much, much more human, and I really that even though she got hardened during the course of the game, there was always a sense of vulnerability (be it treating injuries, killing people or the death of a friend). I think they took a pretty good character and made her into a pretty great character... Anyways, I'm looking very forward to the sequel :)

Gargus
Gargus

Of course it will lead from the comic book. How else are they going to get people to buy the comics?

Its annoying when game developers try and make you buy a non video game item in order to follow a video game story.

mezati4
mezati4

the new tomb raider was epic one of the best games in 2013 beside the new lara is Very similar to my new girlfriend :)

Nova_Prime_85
Nova_Prime_85

i absolutely loved this new reboot, although i want more of the older elements from prior titles

health packs & a health bar for example, that and more weapons

hadlee73
hadlee73

Tomb Raider has moved on from what I used to love about the series. I enjoyed exploring into the depths of mountains, valleys and finding ancient civilizations lost to time. The new game was just Uncharted with Lara Croft, who managed to kill 10 times more human beings in a single game than all the previous Tomb Raider titles put together. lol

alioli
alioli

@Arab_Spring 9/10? With this immersion breaking constant waves of enemies type of gaming I can't agree, 8/10 approx for me - since I found the combat dull and very immersion breaking to this "survival story"

roman4545
roman4545

@Arab_Spring +1

if you like Mass Effect... try Binary Domain... another gem and most underrated game of 2012 ! Such a shame nobody play this title !


June-GS
June-GS

@CalamityKait

I agree with all your points except the "not something I'm a fan of" part. The reason is because you make it sound as if just being labeled a "tie-in" signifies inferior quality. But why?

I like "tie-in" products just as much as their "non-tie-in" counterparts. What's the difference, really? Just because they "tie into" another product in the same universe, means they're automatically inferior and just a lousy cash-grab? When did "tie-in" become such a bad word? Yeah, sure, there have been tie-in misses in the past, but that's inherent in any form of media, tie-in or not. The way I see it is this: You can be the most original NON-tie-in product in the world, but if you're bad, then you're bad. On the other hand, you can be an expensive money-grabbing tie-in, but if you're good, then you're good. I'll throw money at ya.

With that said, I do understand your position. Maybe you just had one too many bad experiences with "tie-ins" before, and so the word has made you jaded. If true, then that's too bad. I've been lucky though. My experiences with tie-ins have been amazing. From Agent Coulson's fun short films before his ultimate sacrifice in The Avengers, to the cool mini-series about finding Megatron's body before the first Transformers movie, to what happened to the rest of the world in TWD's 400 Days, to how creepy Unitology really was in the comic books before the Dead Space games, to the heart-breaking OGN prequel to the Pacific Rim film. I could go on for hours here, hahah. Heck, one could even argue that the critically-acclaimed TWD games I mentioned are THEMSELVES tie-ins and spin-offs to the original books! So yes, for me, tie-ins have been just as great as the "main" products!

Besides, you said it yourself, you KNOW Gail is good. And she's obviously being advised by Tomb Raider's own Rhianna Pratchett herself. So why all the doubts? Especially this early in time? If you really know her works, as I do, then have a little faith. I'm sure it'll be great.  :)

Verenti
Verenti

@SavoyPrime Ditto.

I'm not a fan of the first few Tomb Raiders, but the latest iteration was quite good. I'm not saying I wouldn't buy another game if they moved back to traditional ... tomb raiding, but I would be rather disappointed if they didn't bring back the same actress. She did quite well in my opinion.

jecomans
jecomans

@BelaidKL I'd think it would be more likely as a March 2015 game, same launch time as this game and a full two years development time. Unless it is pushed a few months further back to the US summer holiday window to help sales. 

I too would like it sooner though. So here's hoping. 

June-GS
June-GS

@SgtDarthVader  About her humanity, exactly true, sir. And it is this very same humanity that makes her both vulnerable and strong at the same time. The anguish and triumph of the human spirit. That's something that "some" people, including the reviewer, never truly got.

SgtDarthVader
SgtDarthVader

@Gargus Tell me about it, I hated that in Gears of War 3, a lot of the "new" characters weren't really introduced because they already had been in the books and comics... Same goes for Mass Effect where a lot of plot essential things were told in the comics and not mentioned in the games.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Nova_Prime_85 Some actual survival elements would be nice (similar to those in The Last of Us; not too complicated but makes you search for much-needed supplies to build your own health packs). And yes, I'd also love to see the return of the health bar.

Nova_Prime_85
Nova_Prime_85

@hadlee73 nah, i recall killing a shit ton more humans in TR2 (god i wanna play that game again)

Arab_Spring
Arab_Spring

Well u might have a point there, but u still enjoyed it though, and u gave it an 8/10 which is still a good rating, what I don't get is people totally bashing the game and saying its total crap. Tomb raider is still better than plenty of games out there with high ratings, actually, although S.ENIX didn't make profit, I think they've been on a great streak, sleeping dogs, hitman, tomb raider. I also enjoyed hitman very much, and I don't get how people didn't like it. Maybe cause I played hitman on hard it was a better experience for me, as people say that on normal the game is a walk in the park and it loses all the challenge it was known for back in the old versions.

Arab_Spring
Arab_Spring

Dude I heard about binary domain, some people say it is very good despite the 7/10's it's getting, and they did say it is underrated. Is the story good though ? What's the general story about ?

Arab_Spring
Arab_Spring

Dude ur soo old, am going to buy MP 5 today, looool ur right I meant MP3.

CalamityKait
CalamityKait

@Verenti @SavoyPrime Crystal Dynamics said in an article I read elsewhere that they're taking fan feedback into account regarding the structure of the next installment.  Specifically mentioned elements fans wanted were tombs that were more complex and involved and more collectible challenges in the open areas.

SgtDarthVader
SgtDarthVader

@hadlee73 @Nova_Prime_85 I agree, The Last of Us did the whole "health" part extremely well, and since the new theme is survival, that system would be a good fit in TR.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Nova_Prime_85 Yes indeed, and yet I still felt I killed 10 times more humans in the new game even including TR2 into the equation. I'd like to see a return to some of the more complex puzzle-solving of the original, and less shooting. Of course this won't happen because Square Enix will want the same sales that this one generated (but this time they probably won't over-estimate their sales forecasts). The sad fact is that shooters will always sell more than most other genres.

alioli
alioli

@Arab_Spring I did not enjoy hitman that much - but that's because I was comparing it to blood money, and compared to that it was much much more linear and a lot less creative.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

@hadlee73 @Nova_Prime_85 I liked the new TR. I guess the killing was a bit too overdone and frequent. But the only complaint I'd like to see addressed is bigger and more complex tombs. Seriously, all of them were just one puzzle in one room. You spent more time walking through a tunnel with a torch to get to the tomb than actually "raiding" it. Hopefully with the character established, the next game won't be trying to survive on psycho island and instead have something like a bunch of rival treasure hunters going after the same thing, a la Uncharted, but with Lara as the newbie trying to prove herself.