Sony Nabs Lara

It's official - the Tomb Raider series will remain only on the PlayStation in the console arena.

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Thursday, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that the Tomb Raider franchise, featuring leading lady Lara Croft, will be exclusive to the PlayStation console. This means that no game related to the Tomb Raider series can appear on any other system, certainly a blow to Nintendo 64 owners who have remained hopeful that the game would appear on their system in one form or another.

"Given the worldwide domination of the PlayStation system, it's a natural for Eidos to partner with Sony Computer Entertainment America and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe," said Eidos Interactive's chief operating officer, Mike McGarvey. "We want our best-selling franchise to reach the greatest number of consumers and the PlayStation and its powerful CD-ROM software format satisfies this demand. The fact that the PlayStation will be the only game console on which you can enjoy the Tomb Raider franchise is a great statement for the platform."

A representative for Eidos told GS News today that there is a possibility that a third-person action-adventure game similar to Tomb Raider could be developed for other systems by the company, but it would not star Lara Croft or carry the Tomb Raider name. No such game is in development at this time, however.

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