Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider Delayed Into Next Year
Written Monday, May 14, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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We're going to have to wait a while to slip back into Lara's khaki hotpants. Crystal Dynamics has delayed the Tomb Raider reboot until next year. 

According to the announcement, the game will now hit during the first quarter of 2013. That means between January and March instead of this autumn. Boo. The explanation for the delay, as with most delays, is that they're holding the game back to add more polish. That's developer and publisher-speak for "it's just not ready yet, sorry."

Speaking on the Eidos forums, Studio boss Darrell Gallagher said, "When Crystal Dynamics first set out to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, there were two goals that we were extremely passionate about. The first was to create a modern Tomb Raider game that would surprise and excite gamers. The second was to make this the best game of our careers, something we would be really proud to be a part of. We truly believe that we have something very special on our hands and we can't wait to share it with you.

"Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game's release date by a few months, from Fall 2012 to the first quarter of 2013."

"We're doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can't wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.

To accompany the news, a new image from the game was released (below).


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Comment #1 by DJSambob
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 05:51:33 AM
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First Bioshock Infinite, now this. Two games from the top of my wish list, this year doesn't really have much for me anymore.

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Comment #2 by Complete Disregard
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 05:54:02 AM
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Looking forward to this. Still haven't played the arcade game yet, but I doubt it will keep me going until this comes out.

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Comment #3 by Arron114
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 05:58:08 AM
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Did they watch the gameplay trailer of AC3 and think....shit?

I hope its good I really do , Square enix have been letting me down (barring dues) for about 5 years now.

Heres to hoping the delay improves the quality.

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Comment #4 by RancidSkank
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 05:59:28 AM
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Could be incredible - I'll reserve judgement until I play it as SE have let me down more than enough in the last few years.

@3 Picked up Deus Ex last week, looking forward to it - I hear it's a great game.

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Comment #5 by allenfam628
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:04:09 AM
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well more time for Borderlands 2, Assassin's Creed 3, Halo 4, and Resident Evil 6... and Tomb Raider to look forward to in the Spring. Nothing bad with a little pacing.

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Comment #6 by Brengun
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:06:04 AM
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I don't mind delays, its only going to make the game better and it will be fresher. Better than churning sequals out every year with very little changed. Still one of my favourite game videos from last year watching Lara escape from those caves.

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Comment #7 by macd
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:14:55 AM
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@ 4 - Deus Ex is phenomenally good. One of the best games of recent times. I picked it up reasonably cheap but I'd have (in retrospect) been more than happy to have paid full price for it.

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Comment #8 by Arron114
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:20:35 AM
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@4 you wont be disappointed. Im still itching to do a no detection run at some point.

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Comment #9 by bazmitch
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:29:01 AM
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Not too bothered about games being delayed. Games can be riddled with bugs if rush released so it's better to wait a wee while longer for a more polished title.

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Comment #10 by H0p3sfalL
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:29:55 AM
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They can take there time. With eveything else coming out I hate having to split my time up between all the new games.

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Comment #11 by ChocoDK
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:30:30 AM
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Bioshock Infinite is gone from this year and now this. I really have nothing to look forward to now this year.

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Comment #12 by Space Cadet
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:31:43 AM
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Can't say I'm surprised.

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Comment #13 by Big Coote 666
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:36:28 AM
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Let's just hope this polish makes it better than the atrocities before, and will return Tomb Raider it to it's glory days, and actually make the games challenging again.

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Comment #14 by Poisonheadcrab
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:51:39 AM
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Worth the weight.

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Comment #15 by cheevo360
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:59:53 AM
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Yes it is good move because then they have more and more time with polish and add lots more stuffs into it. :):)

Look forward Lara Croft making her comeback in 2013!!

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Comment #16 by Josh Benton
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 07:04:55 AM
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Well when i go purchase my copy of Tomb Raider there better not be anny glitches then.......

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Comment #17 by InsaneKane87
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 07:10:07 AM
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"Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game."

As long as its that and they are not rushing on the game that could be full of bugs!

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Comment #18 by eiVaL
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 07:15:38 AM
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Square Enix already has a set date for Hitman in Novemeber, they weren't going to release 2 games within the same quarter, and Tomb Raider never even had a date to begin with so its nothing really to make noise about.

anyone who knows basic business practices, knows all game publishers do this

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Comment #19 by littlejay
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 07:26:11 AM
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When they show a game too cool to be true, an have no release date, it will get delayed :p

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Comment #20 by Lord Montymort
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 07:37:42 AM
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Great, so the only game I had any interest in getting for 360 this year and now it's delayed, hopefully they'll use this time to also work on a WiiU version, that way I can leave my 360 for good and go back to been a Nintendo only guy.

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Comment #21 by ronnie42
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 07:46:32 AM
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Not really sure about this since hate how the tomb raider is going to be too serious in tone. Prefer classic lara since thats what made her popular in the first place.

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Comment #22 by Zim
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 08:00:09 AM
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Really excited for this game however it is yet another example this generation of companies announcing something FAR too early. I realise we should always assume a new TR game is coming. But this game and some specifics were announced in Dec, 2010! By the time it's released it will have been over 2 years (i.e. as much time as some games are in the entirety of development for)

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Comment #23 by El Mago de Oz
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 08:00:12 AM
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Now what am I going to buy this holiday? What? WHAT!?

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Comment #24 by Ace Attorney 86
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 08:08:50 AM
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Take all the time you need there. They tried to push Angel of Darkness out the door before it was polished and the resulting product was a hot mess of broken features. AOD was so bad it closed down Core Design, Lara's original creators.

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Comment #25 by FuriousAli007
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 08:13:01 AM
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Perfect this fall/winter is too stacked.

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Comment #26 by shavron
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 08:31:50 AM
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I'm pretty sure this just shot up to a day one purchase since it'll be coming out early next year when not much else is coming out, at least for now. I just hope this doesn't happen with the rumored Soul Reaver reboot.

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Comment #27 by Cinderkin
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 08:48:51 AM
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Isn't the world ending this year? I really wanted to play this one.

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Comment #28 by Smurfboy
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 09:10:36 AM
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Take your time, developers! Rushing-games suck!

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Comment #29 by conel33
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 09:11:05 AM
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If it is going to be better then I will happily wait.

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Comment #30 by i got squeezed
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 09:11:27 AM
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Thats good for my wallet lol. I got Hitman, RE6, ACIII. No way could I afford another 62$ within a few weeks of each other.

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Comment #31 by Hump2death
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 10:21:56 AM
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This game and bioshock know how badly these games would sell around the same time black ops 2 comes out. I wouldn't be surprised if all the other games follow.

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Comment #32 by Arron114
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 10:37:30 AM
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@31 I hate to break it to you but a lot of us don't just play generic FPS.

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Comment #33 by SonikkuHedgehog
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 10:41:41 AM
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Rather they make a new Gex.

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Comment #34 by XxStuartxX 1990
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 10:52:32 AM
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@31 get the fuck out.

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Comment #35 by Blue Thunder28
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 12:21:20 PM
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I want this game more than anything.

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Comment #36 by pined5551
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 12:36:28 PM
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I am quite keen to play this. Which will bizarely be the first ever Tomb Raide game I'll have played/owned!

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Comment #37 by Ultimo Godzilla
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 12:52:51 PM
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@ 3 Yeah, because we ALL know Lara is an assassin. Dumb ass. I love how idiots like you compare two separate styles of games.

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Comment #38 by S Luker 92
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 01:25:39 PM
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Probably quite wise to avoid competing with all of the autumn release giants. Still worried this'll be awful because I loved Anniversary and Underworld so I thought it wasn't broke and didn't need fixing. Guess sales figures thought differently to me.

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Comment #39 by DJSambob
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 03:20:48 PM
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@37 He wasn't comparing the two, just saying how amazing ACIII looks, and that Square Enix don't want to compete against it.

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Comment #40 by RancidSkank
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 03:32:49 PM
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@37 Clown. His point was that AC3 looks so good that any games released at the same time will potentially see their sales reduced as a result, in the same way that Alan Wake is seen to have undersold after being released on the same date as RDR.

What was that about idiots? :

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Comment #41 by ViNyLek
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 04:27:32 PM
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Maybe it's for the best. We will have plenty to keep ourselves busy with again this year anyhow. I wonder if it will support sixaxis on PS3 (with all teh QTE),if so it might sway me to get that version=)

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Comment #42 by the ferenczy
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 04:42:31 PM
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I never expected tomb raider to release this year anyway, so no big surprise here.

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Comment #43 by Ultimo Godzilla
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 05:31:04 PM
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@39 and 40 He was comparing them becuase if you could actually read the article it says "they're holding the game back to add more polish. That's developer and publisher-speak for 'it's just not ready yet, sorry.'"

Now, as I was saying about idiots......

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Comment #44 by NickBeam21
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 05:33:46 PM
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AKA "we're not gonna put ourselves against COD and Halo, we'll just wait a bit longer."

Still a first day buy for me, really looking forward to this game

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Comment #45 by PharIVIacisT
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 06:58:13 PM
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They are scared to compete with halo hahaha and cod wtf hahaha. Either they are not confident in their game or they just want more money. I am still excited for this title though.

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Comment #46 by Delow317
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 10:55:21 PM
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Looking forward to it. No sweat off my back as I'm still playing catchup with everything on this console as it is. Hopefully this will really be polished now.

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Comment #47 by Killa12
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 11:27:39 PM
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Comment #48 by Arron114
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 03:32:54 AM
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@37 , the climbing mechanics of AC are pretty much parallel to those of the original tomb raiders. Its also been quoted to have been inspired by the original tomb raiders. especially AC:R.

It would also make sense when drawing up comparisons to polish your game so it differs from the competition.

Looking at your tag you have never played any of the AC games? So you're basing your opinion and calling me an 'idiot' purely based on the titles name.

Then I again id expect nothing less from someone who has invested their time playing my horse and me ;)

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Comment #49 by RancidSkank
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 03:37:01 AM
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@43 I just facepalmed that hard my hand came out of the back of my head...

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Comment #50 by reaper527
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 04:54:18 PM
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with all of the awesome games coming out in the launch window they originally targeted, this isn't too disappointing.

i was a huge fan of tomb raider legends when that came out (haven't gotten around to playing underworld yet), so hopefully this will be worth the long wait that we've seen since the last game.

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Comment #51 by Cyclone Jack
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 08:02:44 AM
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This is most likely to be taken as it is. CD has been known to bite off more than they can chew, and then they end up having to pull features or leaving them in unfinished, as can be seen in the numerous Legacy of Kain/Soul Reaver games. SquEnix giving CD the time they need tells me that they see the good in delaying the game for a few months to finish up everything they want, and to eliminate as many bugs as possible (another thing that CD is somewhat known for).

As for people thinking this is because they do not want to launch the same window as Generic FPS Shooter Sequel 468, you keep thinking that to give yourself some comfort in knowing that your game is obviously the most grandest of all games to ever have been released. Well, at least since Generic FPS Shooter Sequel 467 was released.

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