Open-world Tomb Raider coming to 360, PC, & PS3?

[UPDATE] Advance copies of PC Gamer reportedly reveal Eidos is rebooting the series next fall with a sandbox Lara Croft origin story.

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Source: An advance copy of PC Gamer obtained by Eurogamer.

What we heard: Following the poor reception of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness in 2003, then-independent publisher Eidos Interactive rebooted the series with Tomb Raider: Legend in 2006. The new game showed off a completely redesigned Lara Croft, with the heroine sporting both a more practical outfit and realistic proportions.

The next Tomb Raider will reportedly be an open-world origin story with a younger Lara Croft.

Now, one month after the download-only Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light made a critically hailed debut on the Xbox 360--it hits the PC and PlayStation 3 next week--the next Tomb Raider game may have surfaced. According to Eurogamer, advance copies of PC Gamer magazine reveal that the next Tomb Raider--published by Square Enix under the Eidos name--will reboot the series for a second time.

The game will apparently be an origin story set on a Japanese island and featuring a younger, less experienced Lara Croft exploring the isle's jungles. It will reportedly be an open-world title, allowing the young heroine to overcome puzzles and obstacles via a variety of methods. The game is also apparently in development for the PC, PS3, and 360 and is set for a late 2011 release. No developer was named, even though the franchise has been at San Francisco Bay Area shop Crystal Dynamics since 2004.

The official story: Square Enix reps had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Too little to go on. Although a secondhand account isn't exactly gospel, a sandbox reboot sounds like the sort of shake-up the series could use.

[UPDATE] This story looks a little less bogus--and a lot less timely--as it appears to stem from more solid reports from July 2009. That's when leaked scans of a Nielsen survey surfaced which reportedly revealed the open-world, origin-story nature of the game.

Discussion

146 comments
buckmana
buckmana

I personally quite liked Angel of Darkness. It's a shame that never fully developed. As for the retcon, I truly hate it. The fact that Lara's story was completely rewritten is annoying to me. I ignore the game's story now and just focus on playing the game. Tomb Raider III and III Gold plus Angel of Darkness were the last true Tomb Raiders as far as I am concerned.

Hevion
Hevion

i stopped playing these games since tomb raider 3...and it was the first one i played. never liked it. they should reboot legacy of kain in HD like someone below said. now that was a good series

meicell
meicell

It's the 28th and the game still isn't available on the psn.

JJB03
JJB03

there so many bloody reboots going on it ridiculous stop making the same games we saw ten years ago and make new titles with new characters, stories and gameplay stuff im sick of seeing old nineties games being rebooted as good as some of them are i just want new stuff now!

Bigsteve3570
Bigsteve3570

This could really work; definitely a change of pace from the standard guns in cities open world type games.

freema
freema

I think the more important question is whether Lara will be top-heavy this time around. I was extremely disappointed by her Guardian of Light incarnation.

ahpuck
ahpuck

So long as you can still zoom the lens in the right places, gamers will be happy, right?

Kentr_Wrolfsong
Kentr_Wrolfsong

Could be great, but I've got a feeling it'll just be Just Cause 2 with boobs.

DarkTan01
DarkTan01

No surprise there considering the Guardian of light concept!

crazyirishmikey
crazyirishmikey

A Tomb Raider sandbox ... okay, I'm listening, tell me more.

weedman1985
weedman1985

Good, this series has been stagnating for far too long.

Igonge
Igonge

Ooh! Sounds cool :p

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

I'd completely forgotten about Angel Of Darkness. And Chronicles, for that matter.

jamyskis
jamyskis

Well I'm certainly open to the idea. While it's certainly difficult to see how a typically linear structure can be separated from the Tomb Raider games (it does, after all, enable them to have a stronger narrative), I hope that the new TR will use the sandbox structure to allow for more investigative tasks. Of course, there'll no doubt be a Tomb Raider MMO as well, given the current trend. Hmmm...the thought of 100,000 Lara Crofts running around together (OK guys, you can stop slobbering now)

flexappeal
flexappeal

All I gotta say is Lara better be well endowed regardless of her age in this reboot. It ain't Lara Croft without the b00bies. LOL.

CTR360
CTR360

no hype i waiting eidos make a new soul rever or blood omen game i boring with tomb raider series

BadDog85
BadDog85

GTA (oh God, Tombraider Again?) :D

KuRf
KuRf

wow...cant wait..with square enix rpg expertise...i reckon itll be something...

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Too many publishers now say their games have 'RPG elements' or are 'open world/sandbox' when they really don't. This could be another one of those falsehoods where the the hype doesn't match the reality (Far Cry 2 anyone?)!!!

Flint247
Flint247

Grand Theft Tomb Raider. :P

acerpg007
acerpg007

@gerber12 They already said that "rebooting the series next fall with a sandbox Lara Croft origin story." By sandbox meaning it will be like GTA. While what you are saying which is Uncharted, It is only an Action Adventure game, not a Sandbox game.

gerber12
gerber12

Make it like Uncharted plz

DeadnBuried
DeadnBuried

C'mon guys, you've given Tomb Raider many chances now and yet still nobody really cares, it was bad for a long time and then Nathan Drake killed Lara Croft. You did your best but nobody cares anymore, so how about you just make a new Soul Reaver game instead? No matter what you did with the next Tomb Raider game, a new Soul Reaver game would have 100x more buzz around it.

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

Very promising.. I liked of what i read and think that the game can be very good

ChiefMac88
ChiefMac88

Sorry, but two of my favorite franchises, Tomb Raider and Metroid, are being ruined because they've lost that "alone" feeling that made them so great in the first place. Sucks.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

A sandbox Tomb Raider? Interesting direction to take the series. Could work, given enough time and investment.

OmenIWF
OmenIWF

I just wonder how long Eidos can go on and on milking the Lara Croft cash cow for all she is worth? The games have been getting gradually worse from what I have read of reviews of the past handful of games, and no matter how many re-boots you give the franchise, if people have become bored and jaded with the franchise it will take a hell of a lot to bring people back. If these rumors are true it may be help but it could also be too little too late, and only work to enforce the point of view some have that they should just drop this in favour of something else.

magicalclick
magicalclick

Humm.... does this mean the tombs are getting smaller in comparison? Like those Morrowind tombs? It is easy just to say, hey, I want to visit this tomb first. But, the tomb is so large, it is linear once you are in it. If there is no clear path in the tomb, it gets way too confusing as well. Hard to imagine what they have in mind, but, I prefer Lara in platformer style.

wis3boi
wis3boi

i havent touched TR since TR 3. That was a hard and fun game. I'd like to see a nice open world one

EvilGamerD
EvilGamerD

Give it Co-Op, Multiplayer, Vehicles that you can Repair/Upgrade. A entire Arsenal of Weapons a huge world and maybe a little robot like clan or a huge robot like a big daddy or suits. and i know i'll be getting this. Robot not really important but just to add depth into the game :) Most important things are Vehicles, Weapons and a Huge world with awesome multiplayer modes and i'm good.

jad206
jad206

Give it co-op and I may get up.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Great news.Im just playing Tomb Raider 2 and remembering good old days.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Yes to open world. No to prequel stories. At least the gaming industry is half learning.

YankeeDan345
YankeeDan345

@iSAIGONi Yes your right she is. The formula has gotten old but, that's why they are doing the smart thing though and finding new areas to explore with the franchise. "It will reportedly be an open-world title, allowing the young heroine to overcome puzzles and obstacles via a variety of methods." If this is true I'm really happy, I've been waiting for them to make a true next gen TR game. The DLC was an interesting change that I enjoyed but the new project would be even better.

iSAIGONi
iSAIGONi

does anyone else think lara croft is a little...overdone?

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

Tomb Raider will always need a reboot, unless they stop making TR games; Why? Because Lara Croft is 42 years old by now, and yes, she GETS old, because the character itself (or should I say, HERself) has a birthday date. In other words, I think no one would like to see an old grandma "running" above rocks, forests and temples, jumping and climbing like she were 20yrs old again. Unless you make a reboot.

korko3
korko3

is it really that much easier/better to reuse a bad IP than making a new bad IP?

sliperywhenwet6
sliperywhenwet6

I haven't played tomb raider, but that sort of seems like a bad idea for this series regardless.

MonkeyKari
MonkeyKari

I hope this will be good game but I actually think it's not going be one

chronolzx
chronolzx

i hope they make it good... sandbox games are usually a hit or miss for me personally so i hope that this one is a hit.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Alright, you've got my attention at least.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Going to have to be extremely inventive and original to have a chance at surviving.

Dragonsingh3000
Dragonsingh3000

pass, unless its some super magical open world place, its just gonna be one environment, prob. i think its a bad idea my self, could be so boring go here, solve this, go there solve that, this, then, there, mahhhhhh lol, i would love for a new Legacy of Kain game tho, Darksiders was the next best thing to Soul Reaver and cant wait for the 2nd.