Tomb Raider Delayed Into Next Year
Written Monday, May 14, 2012 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
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).