Three years ago, Eidos shipped Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness across the globe. Hopes for the game were high, as it was the series' debut on the PlayStation 2 and was released alongside the major motion picture Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. But instead of taking the world by storm, the game tanked, thanks to lackluster reviews. So poor were its sales that Paramount Pictures blamed it for dragging down Cradle of Life--the $90-million-plus-budgeted would-be blockbuster took in a paltry $65 million at the box office.
Determined to learn from its mistakes, Eidos switched development from British developer Core Design Ltd. to US-based studio Crystal Dynamics. It also rehired Toby Gard, cocreator of the original Tomb Raider, to help oversee development of the game, which features a redesigned version of series heroine Lara Croft.
How did Gard & Co. do? Gamers will soon be able to see for themselves. Eidos has announced that Tomb Raider: Legend has gone gold. The game is now set to ship on April 11, when it will return to the PS2 and PC platforms. The date will also see the Tomb Raider series arrive on the Xbox and Xbox 360 platforms for the first time. A PSP version of the game is also in the works and is slated to ship later this year.
All versions of Tomb Raider: Legend are rated T for Teen by the ESRB. The Xbox 360 version will retail for $59.99, the current-generation console editions for $49.99, and the PC edition for $39.99. For an extensive look at a near-final build of the game, check out GameSpot's recent hands-on preview.