Tomb Raider Reboot Telling Lara's Origin Story

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 06, 2010 7:40am PST Lara Croft's origin story is to be told by Crystal Dynamics in a reboot of the action-adventure series, announced today by publisher Square Enix, which sounds awfully like the Tomb Raider game concept leaked in July 2009.

"After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was travelling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach," said Square Enix. "On her own but not alone she has only one goal, to survive." Very few other details were given as, thoughtfully, they're all being saved to reveal in the January issue of Game Informer magazine.

In the leaked design document, however, a young Lara was stranded on an island off the shores of Japan, where she'd have open-world adventures with survival elements, scavenging for supplies to "Evade, outsmart, track and kill the mysterious enemies that hunt you as prey." Given that what we do know seems to line up perfectly, it's surely the same game, though do bear in mind that a lot could have changed over the past year.

No mention was made of a release date for the game named simply Tomb Raider or platforms. A rumour in June this year suggested that it'd be out in the 2011 holiday season. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases seem inevitable, at a bare minimum. The most recent TR title, Lara Croft on the Guardian of Light, was also released on PC, which would conveniently double up as a spot of brand-rebuilding on the platform.

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  • I just read the article in Game Informer. It sounds like Lara Croft meets Lost sprinkled with a little survivor horror game play. I'm not quite sure how I feel about all the rebooting of franchises the industry is doing, especially the gritty remakes. Maybe Tomb Raider Underworld didn't sell as well as they wanted because, there are a lot of technical problems with the game, at least in my experience. I wish these companies would work on game play instead of thinking that these characters are outdated and need a reboot.
    The game does sound interesting if they actually do stick to what they are saying in the article. One thing does bother me though. In the article it says the ship's captain is an ex Royal Marine Commando. I'm sure he'll teach Lara how to put a bullet between someone's eyes at a 1000 yards and all that stuff. Wouldn't be cool if in games, movies, and TV, they didn't have the ex special forces guy, or the gritty cop to teach them this stuff. I think it would be awesome if Lara had to teach herself how to use a gun. I love the Tomb Raider series and hope this will be a good game.

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