Tomb Raider

Lara Croft "Can't Go Back to the Way She Was," Says Crystal Dynamics

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A Tomb Raider sequel is in development and Crystal Dynamics says it will chart "the next chapter" of Lara Croft's development.

That’s according to Brian Horton, senior art director on this year’s reboot. Speaking at last week's Bradford Animation Festival, Horton said, "The Tomb Raider sequel is the next chapter of [Lara's] development."

Refering to Lara's continuing journey from an innocent, vulnerable girl to a strong, capable, treasure-hunting woman, Horton said of the sequel, "Her life is changing. She can't go back to the way she was.”

When quizzed about whether the game would have a smaller budget, due to this year’s reboot failing to live up to Square Enix’s expectations, Horton replied “We don’t talk about our budgets… it’s a well financed game. We’re not spending any more on a sequel than on the original game.”

In July, it was announced that a new comic book, written by Gail Simone and set for release in 2014, would bridge the gap between the events of the reboot and the sequel.

"The biggest difference is, the game told a claustrophobic story in an isolated setting. We are going globetrotting," said Simone. "We start just a few weeks after the end of the game, and this is all in continuity, it will be Tomb Raider canon, and lead DIRECTLY into the sequel. This is what got me excited; we get to be part of Lara Croft history."

Back in March, a US trademark listing for something called Lara Croft: Reflections was unearthed. A European trademark listing has since been revealed. Meanwhile, a proper reveal of Tomb Raider: Definitive Collection for next-gen consoles is promised  in December.

[via Electronic Theatre]


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Crystal Dynamics
Square Enix


US March 05, 2013

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