Tomb Raider Reboot Telling Lara's Origin Story

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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.

From The Chatty

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    December 6, 2010 7:48 AM

    Reboot... AGAIN!? Just stick with Eidos games, jeez, those are really good.

    Although, judging by that photo and the description... Could it be... That Lara is finally treated as a character and not a set of polygonal boobs? Unfathomable.

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      December 6, 2010 9:36 AM

      How many dozens of reboots and alternate timelines of batman over the years? I'm all for a -- quality, and on the PC -- Lara reboot!

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        December 6, 2010 10:09 AM

        Shrug. How many of those Batman reboots were game-related? Honestly, I can only count two decent Batman video games I've played, one was released for the SNES way back when, the other was Arkham Asylum (which goes down as stellar).

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      December 6, 2010 4:42 PM

      That would be a shame. No seriously. Boobs are and have been her identity. If you want someone new, make a new character. If you want Lara, then keep her the way she is, glorious boobs and all.

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        December 6, 2010 8:21 PM

        That would be a Reboob, not a reboot.

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        December 7, 2010 12:21 AM

        Heck man, judging by the screenshots Lara is going to be exactly the same, but younger and way fucking hotter. I wouldn't worry about the sex appeal thing. Have you even SEEN the headline photo? Hot damn.

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      December 6, 2010 8:48 PM

      Can't they just get together with Naughty Dog and have Lara as a playable character in Uncharted 3? That would make me happy.

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        December 7, 2010 12:19 AM

        Ah, a romance? That would be way too cool, so no, no that won't happen.

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      December 7, 2010 6:08 AM

      And the Lead Developer said unto the team, "Let there be boobs ..." And there was much rejoicing.

      There will be boobs. Probably the most time consuming tech aspect of the game will be getting the jiggle juuuuuuust right. :)

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      December 7, 2010 6:25 AM

      understand not

      needs MOAR NUDEPATCH!

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      December 7, 2010 6:34 AM

      I'll believe it when I see it. Her. Them. Whatever.

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      December 7, 2010 10:05 AM

      "The Jailbait Years"