Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Arriving On PS4

 
Rise of the Tomb Raider is finally getting it's release on the PlayStation 4 with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration this October 11th, 2016. Included is a plethora of goodies... YUSS WE GET TO PLAY LARA'S MANSION!!! Xbox One and PC Season Pass holders with get everything mentioned below as well, aside from the VR content. It will also be available as an individual digital purchase. Check out the FAQ. Pre-Order yours now from BuyROTTR.com
 

 
⦁ NEW “Blood Ties” Single Player Story – In the wake of her father’s death, Lara’s uncle challenges her ownership of Croft Manor. Lara is determined to reclaim her legacy and prove that she is the rightful heir, but to do that she will need to confront her past head on. Explore Lara’s childhood home in an hour of new Story Mode gameplay, and uncover a family mystery that will change her life forever. This new mode is playable in standard third person and can also be experienced in Virtual Reality mode.
 
⦁ NEW “Blood Ties” Nightmare - Lara’s worst nightmares come alive as hordes of the undead overrun her childhood home. Defeat hordes of infectious zombies to become the ultimate zombie slayer, before the nightmare overwhelms you! Compete with friends and create community challenges with card modifiers in an all new Nightmare Mode.
 
⦁ NEW Endurance Mode Co-Op: You and a friend must scrounge, scavenge and craft to survive the harsh elements by day, as well as lethal threats from enemies, both man and beast, by night. This is the ultimate test to see how long you and a friend can survive the sprawling, unforgiving landscapes. Fire takes fuel, cold kills the unprepared, food restores health, and everything must be caught, collected, or crafted. You start with nothing and must find everything. Work together and challenge others to your longest survival run and battle to the top of the leaderboards.
 
⦁ NEW 20 Year Celebration Content - Five classic Lara Croft skins as well as a reimagined outfit that pays tribute to Lara’s trip to Antarctica in Tomb Raider III. New content also includes the “Extreme Survivor” difficulty setting in Rise of the Tomb Raider that will severely limit your save points, crafting materials, resources, ammunition, and health – only the most resourceful and capable will survive this new extreme difficulty.









Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tomb Raider at San Diego Comic-Con 2016




It's time for San Diego Comic-Con again and Tomb Raider is going to have a pretty good presence with more #TombRaider20 celebrations! Get your comics signed by the contributors, grab your custom Tomb Raider dog tags and lanyards, get your picture taken with famous cosplayers, and even climb an ice glacier! Sounds like there is going to be some big announcements too! How exciting!



SDCC Schedule


"Thursday, July 21
  • 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM | SIGNING | Phillip Sevy @ Dark Horse: Join current Tomb Raider comic artist Phillip Sevy at the Dark Horse booth (#2615) from 12:00 - 12:50 to have your books signed. Anyone attending in an Tomb Raider costume get a free sketch. 
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | SIGNING | 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging up the Past, Defining the Future Promo: Join 20 Years of Tomb Raider author Meagan Marie at the Prima Games booth (#1028). Verify your pre-order of 20 Years of Tomb Raider and receive an autographed Rise of the Tomb Raider poster! With stunning visuals and in-depth commentary, 20 Years of Tomb Raider explores the ground-breaking, rich, and diverse history of this iconic gaming franchise. Book available to pre-order now. 
Friday, July 22
  • 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM | ACTIVITIES | Square Enix Experience: Rise of the Tomb Raider Glacial Climb, #TombRaider20 custom dog tags, lanyard giveaway, and Lara Croft cosplay ambassador photo-ops at the Square Enix Experience: 7th Avenue and Market Street. 
  • 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM | SIGNING | Corinna Bechko @ Dark Horse: Join Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen writer Corinna Bechko at the Dark Horse booth (#2615) from 5:00 - 5:50 to have your books signed. 
Saturday, July 23
  • 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM | ACTIVITIES | Square Enix Experience: Rise of the Tomb Raider Glacial Climb, #TombRaider20 Custom dog tags, lanyard giveaway, and Lara Croft cosplay ambassador photo-ops at the Square Enix Experience: 7th Avenue and Market Street.
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | PANEL | 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Lara Croft’s Multimedia Empire: In 1996, Core Design unleashed Lara Croft on the world when they released the first Tomb Raider video game. Over the past two decades, Tomb Raider expanded to all facets of pop culture and entertainment – from critically acclaimed video games to record-breaking Hollywood movies; from best-selling comic series and chart-topping singles. Join major Franchise contributors on Saturday, July 23, (Room 24ABC) for a conversation about Lara Croft’s multimedia empire, presented by the top-tier talent who brought her to life across different mediums. Panelists: Greg Miller (Moderator), Camilla Luddington (Voice and Performance Artist for Lara Croft), Noah Hughes (Franchise Creative Director), Andy Park (Comic and Concept Artist), Debbie Lash (Eidos’ Lara Croft model manager and marketing executive), and Meagan Marie (Senior Community Manager at Crystal Dynamics, and author of 20 Years of Tomb Raider). The panel will not be live streamed, but will be uploaded online at a future date.
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | COSPLAY GATHERING | Square Enix Experience: Those who attend in costume will receive exclusive #TombRaider20 swag and professional photos. All Lara iterations – classic or current – as well as other characters from the franchise history are welcome to attend. If you’re looking for costume reference from Rise of the Tomb Raider, check out our Gear Up Guide gallery. Please review SDCC weapon and prop policy prior to attending the show. RSVP on Facebook for more info."

Friday, July 8, 2016

Upcoming Tomb Raider Film Marked for March 2018


The "Tomb Raider" reboot film starring Alicia Vikander has a release date of March 2018. MGM and Warner Bros are producing the movie, which is still quite a mystery. Nothing else has been released regarding it. I'm unsure why they revealed a release date so soon, but at least we have a time frame. We have a long wait.

Source: Variety

Monday, July 4, 2016

Angel of Darkness Wins Final Statue in Anniversary Collection


The fans have cast their votes and Angel of Darkness Lara has won the final spot in the "20 Years of an Icon" statue collection! Stay tuned for more info and how to get yours soon!

See previous post for more info.

Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Monday, June 27, 2016

"20 Years of Tomb Raider" Official Cover Revealed

"Digging up the past. Defining the future."

Another update coming out of this year's E3 pertains to the upcoming "20 Years of Tomb Raider" book. The official cover of the book as well as a small preview of it's contents were revealed. Flip through the stunning pages and watch the GameSpot reveal video below.

I love the detail and thought that went into the simple yet beautiful silhouette of Lara on the cover. I cannot wait to dig into this book and what all it has to offer. Plus, I am featured somewhere inside showcasing my Tomb Raider related tattoos! It will be a really awesome to see them alongside other hardcore fans.

Pre-Order Now







Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog, GameSpot

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tomb Raider "20 Years of an Icon" Statue Collection Announced!


Among the 20th Anniversary festivities at this year's E3, a "20 Years of an Icon" Statue Collection has been announced! The collection, produced by Gaming Heads, will consist of 6 unique statues. 3 from the Core Design era and 3 from the Crystal Dynamics era. All 6 will fit together into an amazing diorama! The last statue is up to a vote by the fans! The choices are between the "Chronicles" cat suit or the original "Angel of Darkness" outfit. Vote Here Now!

Watch the announcement below as Meagan Marie and Rich Briggs discuss 20 Years of Tomb Raider. Brought to us by Tomb Raider Empire



Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog, Tomb Raider Empire

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

20 Years of Tomb Raider at E3 2016


The 20 Years of Tomb Raider celebration continues at this year's E3! If you're at the event, stop by the Square Enix booth to pick up a custom engraved Tomb Raider dog tag! See the schedule below for more events coming up this week.

Tuesday, June 14: 1:00 PM PDT – 1:30 PM PDT: Square Enix Presents #TombRaider20: Top Tombs

Tuesday, June 14: 4:20 PM PDT: GameSpot Roundtable

Wednesday, June 15: 1:45 PM PDT: GameSpot Livestream  



Friday, June 10, 2016

Alicia Vikander Cast as New Lara Croft in Upcoming Film

 
Alicia Vikander has been cast as Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider film. The Swedish actress, producer, and dancer is most recently known for her work in Ex Machina and The Danish Girl. The latter of which landed her an Academy Award. Alicia has mentioned that she was not allowed to play Tomb Raider games as a child, but did in secret. She definitely has the look and experience to play a more relatable Lara Croft. Expect more details sometime soon.





Source: IGN, Wikipedia

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming @ PAX 2016



The Tomb Raider 20-Year Celebration kicked off at PAX East with the "Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming" panel featuring many well-known contributors of the franchise. Our very own Meagan Marie of Crystal Dynamics and composer Nathan McCree were among the panelists. Watch the footage via the link below and read on for some big announcements!

"Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming" Panel

BEHOLD: "The Tomb Raider Suite"

 


Nathan McCree, the original trilogy composer, is working on the new album featuring extensions, variations, and all classic tracks from the first three Tomb Raider games. The album will be recorded at Abbey Road Studios by a live orchestra, releasing this fall on CD and digital formats.


“This is a wonderful opportunity for the fans, as well as me, to hear the music as I had always intended it,” said McCree.

A live performance of the album is scheduled in London to celebrate 20 years since the original Tomb Raider game's release. More information to come sometime soon.

The whole endeavor will be recorded as a behind the scenes documentary titled "Tomb Raider: Remastered" directed by Matthew Longfellow. Other documentaries included in his repertoire include Queen and Pink Floyd.


"Tomb Raider: The Trilogy (1998)"


A short film produced by Silver Films for the "Tomb Raider III" launch party has been released online for the first times since the event. Janey de Nordwall, the producer of the project, recently found the original tape resulting in this little treat for us all to share.

Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Sunday, May 1, 2016

20 Years of an Icon


Ladies and gentlemen, we are well into 2016. Do you know what that means? 20 fantastic years of Lara Croft!!! I am so ecstatic that our beloved adventurer has been raiding tombs for this long and I can't wait to find out what she has in store for us in the future.

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will be celebrating the occasion all year with special activities, kicked off with PAX EAST last week. I'll discuss it's happenings in a later post.

“Since its introduction, Tomb Raider has held a significant place in video game history, and further cements that with this milestone,” said Ron Rosenberg, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “We look forward to celebrating with fans, and honoring the iconic Lara Croft with special events, retrospectives, giveaways and other surprises throughout this year of Tomb Raider.”

“Tomb Raider has become a cultural phenomenon over the last 20 years, selling millions of copies worldwide, sparking one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, and inspiring our amazing fans of all ages,” said Scot Amos, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “It’s incredible to be part of this legend and to see how much the series has evolved over time, and think about what’s yet to come. Here’s to 20 more years of adventure together.”

 
It is such an honor to be a part of this project and I am so excited to share it with you all now. 
 
BOOM: 20 YEARS OF TOMB RAIDER
 
Celebrate 20 exciting years of Tomb Raider with this premium, hardcover tome!With stunning visuals and in-depth commentary, 20 Years of Tomb Raider explores the ground-breaking, rich, and diverse history of this iconic gaming franchise. Including...

Highlighting previously unpublished images and assets.

Packed full of information on the rich lore, iconic characters, epic fan community, and, of course, the games that started it all.

Exclusive interviews from Core Design, Crystal Dynamics, official voice actors, composers, live actions models, comic artists, and more.

An in-depth look at all the iconic games, with insights into unreleased titles.

Covers the entirety of the Tomb Raider universe - games, comics, Hollywood movies, pop culture influences, and the community.
 
Written by the amazingly talented Meagan Marie, 20 Years of Tomb Raider ships this October.


PRE-ORDER NOW

Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog, Prima Games

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tomb Raider Dark Horse Comic Round Up


The preview cover for the 6th issue of the Tomb Raider comic series by Dark Horse has been revealed. This is the 2nd run of comics produced by Dark Horse and it picks up where "Rise of the Tomb Raider" left off. Preview all the latest issues below and pick up your copies HERE or at your local comic book shop.

Issue 6

Professor Demur has located a mushroom said to grant the impossible in a feat that nearly cost him his life—and Lara’s! However, danger still lingers, and it’s stalking Lara Croft!

Issue 5

 
Lara arrives at a cave in pursuit of Professor Demur. He has been taken captive by the Knights of the Spore, who seek to use his knowledge to locate a mushroom to grant immortality!
 
Issue 4
 
 
Fighting for survival in a raging river, Lara must abandon the team’s provisions. She is undersupplied and on the trail of the dangerous, immortality-seeking Knights of the Spore—and the looming darkness within the jungle descends!

 
Issue 3
 
 
Lara and Jonah travel to China in search of a cave said to house an immortality-granting mushroom! However, a monsoon, the lethal Knights of the Spore, and disappearing allies and supplies could spell death for them both!
 
 




 
Issue 2
 
 
To discover the true nature of the soul, Lara is drawn into a hunt for a rare mushroom said to grant immortality. However, she’s not the only one in pursuit--the Knights of the Spore will stop at nothing to take Lara down!
 
 






 
Issue 1
 
 
Lara Croft is pursuing a lost truth about the world that just might unlock the secret to defeating death! She becomes entangled in a search for a rare mushroom said to grant immortality and a lethal new enemy that just won’t die!