Tomb Raider dev wants moments that 'make you cry'

Crystal Dynamics brand manager says players' journey with upcoming iteration of Lara Croft more akin to a TV series than a blockbuster movie; multiplayer originally planned but not implemented.

Tomb Raider's global brand manager hopes the series reboot will bond players with the new Lara Croft. Crystal Dynamic's Karl Stewart spoke to IncGamers about what his studio intends to accomplish with the franchise's change of direction.

Come for the verticality, stay for the tears.

"Certainly from our perspective, we want to take you on a journey of breaking [Lara] down and then building her back up again," Stewart said. "I think Tomb Raider is more akin to a TV series than it is a blockbuster movie, because we want the player to go through the character progression over such a long period of time."

More mature storytelling necessitated a Mature ESRB rating. Stewart said it would have blunted the game's narrative edge to, for instance, cut away right before the first time Lara ever kills a person. "We wanted to use the mature space to really tell a human story; we want the goose-bump moments and the moments that will make you cry."

Stewart said that while multiplayer was considered early in the game's development, it was never implemented, since its creation would take too much focus away from the single-player. While he was vague about future appearances, Stewart said in June that the reenvisioned Lara Croft story is "not just one game".

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jark888
jark888

Great production: acting, graphic, directing, etc. I'm definitely looking forward to it.

Seifer24
Seifer24

Rated for maure gives us hopes grtting a better game than all those crappy kiddy games that reelasing one after another.Lets hope they dont dissapoint like final fantasy 13

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I haven't seen or read anything from the game that gives me the impression that it will be able to make me cry. I'm not sure any game outside of the RPG genre has been able to make me do that.

Garnog
Garnog

The only time a game makes me cry is when I realize I just wasted $60+ bucks on a rushed, unfinished, buggy piece of Sh1t. WAHHH

madkingdom
madkingdom

I cried at the End of Metal Gear 3/// Ps2 days...omg : EVA

starduke
starduke

I don't play games to cry, I play them to have fun.

pidow
pidow

Crying why?.  You can not play the game crying...I personally who think it would make the game less worth playing.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Crying in what sense? One solitary tear or full on gulping sobs with runny nose? In all seriousness, if a medium is TRYING to make you cry, it generally fails. It's like comedy;the most hilarious moments are never scripted. Just make the game...erm... story... whatever, and if a part of it moves us on an emotional level, then so be it. But don't try to FORCE that emotional reaction from us because it looks fake from a mile off *cough* Heavy Rain *cough*. 

 

Sometimes developers seem to be trying too hard to convince us, and themselves, that video games are a serious, mature medium. They need to get over themselves. 

sonicoblique101
sonicoblique101

i will be completely honest the only game i have shed a tear over was believe it or not final fantasy crisis core.  The part where Zack gets gunned down; after spending 40 some odd hours I will half to say it was quite emotional to watch.  But any body with any knowledge of final fantasy knew it would happen it was just a matter of when.  I would have never guessed a final fantasy game would have been a tear jerker but it was.  I guess if you try to make something emotional it wont work different things effect different people.

avatarIVN
avatarIVN

The only reason I would want to cry during a videogame its because it was so good that touched my heart.

Zulu1Tango
Zulu1Tango

Since video games are finally acknowledged as "mainstream media entertainment" and more people are taking an interest in them, it definitely seems good for games to finally start containing some "real" emotion. Yes, games have made attempts in the past to try and mimic human emotion or reactions, but as of recently (IMO) they have really come through. I don't know about "making them cry" because it's a well know fact most gamers are between 10 and like 35 yr. old MALES, so good luck on that one ;-) But certain games can definitely take on the "mature" route by containing material gamers and people in general, can relate too. Turning Lara Croft from a "video game sex symbol", into a REAL person who's maturity you get to witness first hand grow through in-game story progression, might just be what this franchise needs and the Gaming World as a whole. I applaud the attempt and hope they really break through with something fresh and exciting. I've honestly never been into the Tomb Raider franchise, but this one has my attention.

power_marks
power_marks

Two game make me sad :(

1- To the moon

2- Mass effect 3 ending

rushad_patel
rushad_patel

Multiplayer Lara..... so good they dropped the idea...

Damn they would have had lions and tigers as playable..... what  a relief its only Single player

vault-boy
vault-boy

Step one is to not make Laura Croft a sex symbol (and just a little tip, making it she she doesn't flaunt her appearance at every corner and that the camera doesn't spend more time looking at her ass then the actual gameplay doesn't mean the game is any less about sex. You can still make her a sexualized just on the other end of the sexualization spectrum.

jamesbigmac
jamesbigmac

I was never scared during a game until Slender came out. Hopefully some day a game can make me cry. Mass Effect came close when *SPOILER* Tali lost her dad and you have the ability to comfort her, but yet I had no watery eyes.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

The dev wants moments that make you cry... unless somebody complains.  Then they'll say those moments never happened and you were just imagining things.

berserker66666
berserker66666

"I have no more tears to shed, for my heart is that of stone"....

TruSake
TruSake

her cup size got smaller... that made me cry :(

ferna1234
ferna1234

cant i bet 1 million dollars to them, that no matter how hard they try, they will NEVER make me cry?

MNMR
MNMR

immortal lara...

GreyViper
GreyViper

Umm when they left legacy Of Kain with the cliffhanger it made me "want to cry". When they released Blood Omen 2 it was one of the moments that "make you cry" inside for the lost potential. :/

Rox-pox
Rox-pox

I don't need to cry. I'm crying too much when trying to beat Dark Souls.

megatronx2
megatronx2

"This game is so bad" - cries ;) 

xDeadMarchx
xDeadMarchx

BRING IT tomb raider. The only recent game that was capable was Enslaved and maybe Asura's Wrath.

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Great. I've played today the Episode Three of TWD and I almost cried. And I'm a pretty big guy who's seen lots of shit... and if they can make me feel like this in this game, I frankly will be thrilled by its power.

CTR360
CTR360

iam very hyped for tomb raider

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

He means when the overpriced,hollow  DLC comes out...

PillyChickle
PillyChickle

By the looks of it, we probably will end up crying at certain parts... out of sheer disappointment.

 

The first five Tomb Raiders are still the best.

ghost688
ghost688

make we cry, how? other shooter games dont made me cry with NPC death scenes and Tomb Raider will?

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

The day Lara Croft makes me cry is the day I hand in my Man card.

jhonMalcovich
jhonMalcovich

Well...if they make a poor PC port, they will certainly achieve their goal.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @madkingdom Definitely. A very good example of how a story can move you with something as simple as the relationship between two people.

Bhemont
Bhemont

 @starduke I think the crying part is because they want to add more mature and better story telling.  Which some people consider to be fun, including my self.  Although, I have never cried while playing games except maybe ones in FFVII, but I was young... >_>

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

 @jhonMalcovich Just Cause 2 and Sleeping Dogs have both been fantastic ports so I'm confident they wont let us down with this!

pidow
pidow

How can you call someone a lier?  You do not know me or anything about me.  I did not play Zelda or did I have any intentions to(not my) type of game.  Secondly, Titanic did nothing for me.  Third, I was referring to playing with tears in your eyes period.  You should not call people names, if I was not an adult, I might get piss off at you.  I hope, the next time you challange soneones emotions, understand the person first.

starduke
starduke

 @bananaclawz   I think he was more referring to the logistics of playing while your eyes are full of tears. Did you wipe your eyes to continue playing?

b10nutz
b10nutz

  @jhonMalcovich 

 

Sleeping Dogs on PC Mouse/Keyboard gameplay was awful until the latest update and even now is not so great, but whit a controller is quite enjoyable.

jhonMalcovich
jhonMalcovich

 @kamikazeespleen 

Just Cause 2 is a great port, but isn´t it developped by a Swedish Avalanche Studios.

And I heard that Sleeping Dogs, despite having greater graphical options, didn´t perform well with the keyboard and mouse.

 

Well...let´s say fingers crossed.

 

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

 @jhonMalcovich Ah yeah. I thought this was Avalanche as well haha.

 

I played SD with a 360 pad so I didnt experience it personally but I did hear that.

 

Definitely gonna be optimistic!