Rise of the Tomb Raider's True-to-Life World
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Grounded in Reality
The legwork done by Crystal Dynamics in researching locations for Rise of the Tomb Raider is impressive. Over the course of a few weeks, the team visited locations across Turkey, scouring for the perfect look and feel for their Lost City of Kitezh. Determined to lend a visual legitimacy to the in-game tombs, the team extensively researched Byzantine culture, melding their findings with a subtle dash of Greek architecture. After visiting cities including Cappadocia, Istanbul, and Ephesus--with a brief trip to Yosemite--the team pieced together their vision for Rise of the Tomb Raider's wild Syrian and Siberian lands.