Tomb Raider sequel teased

Crystal Dynamics global brand director says "It's not just one game" in reference to Lara Croft's origin story.

Despite the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot being some eight months away, developer Crystal Dynamics is already talking about plans for Lara Croft's future. Speaking to Videogamer, global brand director Karl Stewart teased that 2013's Tomb Raider is only the beginning of Croft's journey.

Next year's Tomb Raider appears to be only the beginning.

"You have to look at the future, you have to look at where…It's not just one game," Stewart said. "I have to be careful because I know exactly where she's going."

Stewart explained that with 2013's Tomb Raider, the goal for Crystal Dynamics is to establish Lara Croft as a "strong female character that is willing to go out and seek out mysteries." To tell her entire origin story will require at least another game, he teased.

"She's going to be going to plenty of tombs in this game, but we're going to have somebody who wants to go on that adventure, who wants to be the person that she now is," he said. "That's the goal."

Yesterday, it was announced that Camilla Luddington (William & Kate, True Blood, Californication) would provide the voice and performance for Croft in Tomb Raider.

In addition to Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics is working on an all-new intellectual property. In March, parent company Square Enix announced that God of War director Cory Barlog had joined the company to contribute to Tomb Raider and an unannounced game. Later that month, a report surfaced suggesting that Crystal Dynamics was developing a Soul Reaver reboot.

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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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132 comments
BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Please just have less orgasmic screaming in future releases.... I had to turn down the volume for the E3 demo so my siblings were not thinking I was watching some violent porn

zxcvbnm96
zxcvbnm96

I hope the campaign is at least 15 hours. Especialy since they pushed the game to 2013!

Ducez_III
Ducez_III

What's the point of making an origin story and piecing together all of this character development if you don't plan on doing anything with it in the future? I say let the sequels come.

seal180
seal180

i cannot wait for tomb raider

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

he meant 'its not just one game that we are going to delay' its going to be more games in the series......and will create a shit storm over nonsense comments ......maybe next time it will feature lara and some S&M .....another 'evolution' of her character i suppose.....

RulerofGondor
RulerofGondor

Call me stupid, but I think they should probably wait for this one to be released before they plan any sequels. Remember what happened to Too Human?

sknight175216
sknight175216

I bet this is an attempt at being lucrative. I mean got damn make one game at a time. A full game.

samuel111
samuel111

I played the 1st game for like an hour and got annoyed with it. This is the 1st Lara Croft game that has me wanting to actually play it.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

Yet another voice actor for Lara, joy.

 

In other news, Soul Reaver!

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

tomb raider has had enough reboots and origins re-explained and re-imagined, i can't even follow the changes any more, when i feel i can be bothered at all, that is.

ice-milk
ice-milk

The only sentence in this article that peaked my interest: 

 

Later that month, a report surfaced suggesting Crystal Dynamics was developing a Soul Reaver reboot.

svaubel
svaubel

Meh didnt look interesting anyways.

dbzpranav
dbzpranav

Crazier things have have happened but I was never convinced one game would be enough for her to complete her transformation from this inexperienced girl to the determined Lara Croft everyone knows. Also they're rebooting the series, you think they won't make sequels with the new Lara? It was inevitable

liffaman
liffaman

when she got down the letter the fire looks so flat!!!

erMonezza
erMonezza

Wait? Already talking about a sequel? ''To tell her entire origin story will require at least another game''

Why don't you guys make a full game with good content, without taking out things so that you can make another game and than consider a sequel to the reboot? Because that's what I'm reading here. Splitting her origin story into two to get more money.

A reboot? What, you can't get new ideas and you want to recicle characters to capitalize on their past successes?

Wasn't there already a remake or Tomb Raider 1 a couple of years ago?

 

hadlee73
hadlee73

Some of these screenshots of the new Lara are starting to look like Bruce Willis at the end of a Die Hard film (bloody singlet included).

Razorlight6
Razorlight6

Soon to be announce, the origin story is a Trilogy!

 

Why is Lara "a strong female character that is willing to go out and seek out mysteries" rather than "a strong character that is willing to go out and seek out mysteries"?

Jynx_1991
Jynx_1991

I can't wait for this game to come out any longer!

finalserenade75
finalserenade75

Buying this game day 1, and buying any sequel day 1 as well.

Majkic666
Majkic666

Just give us the game before you talk about Sequels!

brian_13un
brian_13un

How about a Reboot or Remake of the whole Legacy of Kain series :)

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

Ugh. That to me sounds like a dead giveaway that the reboot's going to have a cliffhanger ending. I hope I'm wrong, because I hate cliffhangers.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

"Pandemonium" or "Soul Reaver" could be good.

 

sequel in a short time is a bad, bad idea,,

 

Everiez
Everiez

Please don't talk about sequel if you haven't released the reboot. That's a red flag for some of us indicating this one will be short. And saying, "To tell her entire origin story will require at least another game.", made us think this one will have cliffhanger ending.

unreal_master
unreal_master

How about release and worry about the first game then well talk and care about the 2nd.

dem5000
dem5000

I am still debating on whether or not I can forgive this franchise for "The Angel of Darkness"  I don't think I have ever been so angry about spending 50 dollars all those years ago.  There were so many glitches in that game I couldn't even get through 25% of it.  Yes I tend to hold grudges......

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

Don't get ahead of yourself. do one thing at a time and do it well plz. 

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Even Michael Pachter woulda got this prediction right! :P

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Well, lets just get the game out first, then we'll worry about the sequel. Jokes aside, I think most companies, or a lot of companies are doing this now. I know the AC series did it. I know Beenox did it with their 2 latest Spiderman games. Even Epic was working on this GEars adaptation while Gears 3 was in development. I just can't wait to get my hands on this new Tomb Raider, as it looks amazing! I actually saw potential in the last TR, so hopefully they build off of that.

Slagar
Slagar

No surprise. These days sequels are almost required to make money off the investment on a game engine IMO.

 

Even so. I hope this game has a high focus on exploration and Lara vs the environment, with difficult puzzles and a lack of "press X for hints". Because Tomb Raider to me is mostly about exploring the environment - a lot of what I've seen just looks like Uncharted Starring Lara Croft.

ibonedyourmom
ibonedyourmom

A sequel? In the video game industry? Wow, seems like uncharted territory, but I guess its worth a shot, right?

I_am_in_despair
I_am_in_despair

Let me guess, two short games that could be merged into a normal-length games, but they could not make more money off this.

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

Geez guys, at least let us play the first one before you go around trumpeting about sequels.

Drakillion
Drakillion

I'm almost not surprised. You have this reboot that will explore Lara's origins, then the next game you see her as the familiar tomb raiding femme fatele that we all know.

Strydarr
Strydarr

This was pretty obvious. I could have told you they were going to make sequels.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Am I the only one that gets pissed off at game sequels being announced way before the game actually comes out? I mean, come on...way to toot your own damn horn. We don't even know if it's going to actually be GOOD or not.

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

 @BelaidKL I can imagine the hard time younger gamers will have playing this while their parents are home.

The_Dragon_Wolf
The_Dragon_Wolf

 @RulerofGondor I don't think what happened to Too Human had anything to do with planning a sequel in advance .. "planning" not developing .. it's still just an idea ... and it happens all the time in movie trilogies and games industry .. why are people making a big fuss about this !!!!!?

sachind1231
sachind1231

 @erMonezza Yeah, but in defense of TR Anniversary...it was one hell of a good remake.

sachind1231
sachind1231

 @Razorlight6 ...because she's a female. or a really convincing transgender. I think you're reading too deeply into this

The_Dragon_Wolf
The_Dragon_Wolf

 @Everiez People do plan trilogies in movies and games in advance .. never heard of that before !!?

Kickable
Kickable

 @Everiezbased on 99% of games nowadays, i thought everyone already assumed it's going to be that kind of short game.  even average length games are starting to be few and far between

Ducez_III
Ducez_III

 @Razorlight6 @sachind1231 Razorlight's not reading too deep, the claim is legitimate and people ask that same question all the time. When there's a strong male lead no one ever feels the need to highlight the character's gender but when there's a strong female role gender is always specified. My belief is that it's because women don't usually have those kinds of roles.

 

Charlize Theron talked about this in a couple interviews for Snow White and the Huntsman 

sachind1231
sachind1231

 @Ducez_III Fair enough. And agreed, it's because her role is, for better or worse, atypical in our world, and Square merely wants to highlight that she's breaking the norm for video game characters.