Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Launch Date


We have the official launch date for The Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Campaign! This Friday, May 26th, 2017 we will be able to donate and support this amazing project! Visit and bookmark www.tombraidersuite.com to learn more and get in on the action come launch day. If you missed the previous post detailing what is to come, click HERE.



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Announcement & Live Interview



As many of you know by now, Nathan McCree, the original composer for the first three Tomb Raider games, has announced a Kickstarter campaign that will launch the middle of May for the "Tomb Raider Suite" album. We are all still awaiting the launch of the campaign, but until then, we have a few tid-bits to keep us entertained. The above video is the teaser trailer (if you will) and below is the interview Q&A with Nathan discussing the project.

The project was teased last year as part of the 20 year anniversary of Tomb Raider celebration, and now we have the opportunity to make this project come into full fruition. Nathan has already composed and re-imagined the classic tracks that were brought forth in an exclusive live concert at the Apollo in London, December of last year. When I say re-imagined, I mean a lot of the tracks have been extended and re-worked. Listen to a sample via his SoundCloud HERE. Kickstarter will allow him to record the nostalgic tracks with a full orchestra and choir in the one and only Abbey Road Studios.

There will be so many rewards for us fans to support this project. There will be multiple versions of the album, such as a deluxe version, vinyls, autographed versions, exclusive dinner events with Nathan himself and Meagan Marie and Shelly Blonde (the original voice actress from Tomb Raider), merchandise, and more! I know so many fans hold the classic games so dear to their hearts and this is the way to show it. This will be the first time this music has been released officially and I know that we can make it happen.

There will be so much more as well, with a live world tour, a documentary, and the original soundtracks also being released hopefully sometime next year!

I can't stress enough how we, as true fans, have to support this project. As soon as I have more details I will share them here so you can get in on this amazing Kickstarter campaign.


Here is "In The Blood", an original piece composed by Nathan for the live concert.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lara Croft GO: The Mirror of Spirits Out On Mobile


The Mirror of Spirits expansion for Lara Croft GO is available today for all mobile, including Android, iOS and Windows. Be sure to update your game now to play these wonderful new levels full of nostalgia reminiscent of Lara's Manor and Doppelganger. I have played the whole expansion on Steam already, but I can't wait to play it again on mobile. It is such a perfect addition to an amazing game, and there is some new music as well. Hopefully we will see the new tracks released soon too. This is what I call relaxing, nostalgic gameplay. 😊

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tomb Raider Film First Official Images


Here they are! The first official images of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft! I think she looks amazing and pulls off the whole "A Survivor is Born" vibe very well! I can't wait to see her in action.
Check out another exclusive interview via the link below.

Self



Monday, March 27, 2017

Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider"


The first official press images from the upcoming Tomb Raider film released today along with a few enticing interviews, the official synopsis, and some FAQ's. I am beyond excited! Alicia Vikander looks absolutely stunning as the new Lara Croft and I cannot wait to see what she brings to the big screen. Dive into the spoils below and stay tuned tomorrow for high res versions of the images.

Featured Articles

Vanity Fair
GQ
Vogue

Synopsis

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class.  Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.  Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.  But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous.  Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown.  If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, “Tomb Raider” is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero.  The film stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl”) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”), with Oscar-winner Graham King (“The Departed”) producing under his GK Films banner.  The film’s production begins on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.
“Tomb Raider” also stars Dominic West (“Money Monster,” “300”), Walton Goggins (“The Hateful Eight,” “Django Unchained”) and Daniel Wu (AMC’s “Into the Badlands”).
Shooting on location in South Africa and the UK, Uthaug directs from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet.  The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography George Richmond (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”); production designer Gary Freeman (“Maleficent”); Oscar-nominated editor Stuart Baird (“Skyfall,” “Gorillas in the Mist”); and costume designer Tim Wonsik (key costumer, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”).

“Tomb Raider” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by MGM.

FAQ


Q: Will the Tomb Raider movie take place in the Reboot universe?
A: Tomb Raider will take place in the reboot universe established by Crystal Dynamics’ award-winning game of the same name. MGM and Warner Bros. – under the talented direction of Roar Uthaug and scriptwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet – have creative freedom to best translate Lara’s journey to the big screen. We are very excited to see Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, and the rest of the all-star cast bring the spirit of Lara’s formative adventure to life in Tomb Raider.
Q: When will Tomb Raider release?
A: Tomb Raider will release to cinemas worldwide on March 16, 2018

Q: How far along is production of Tomb Raider?

A: Tomb Raider is currently filming in Capetown, South Africa 

Sources: Crystal Dynamics

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lara Croft Rock Candy Vinyl Figure Unboxing


I finally got my hands on the Rock Candy Lara Croft figure by Funko! Check out the unboxing video above and go get yourself one!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Lara Croft GO: The Mirror of Spirits Out on Steam Now



Lara Croft GO: The Mirror of Spirits expansion is available now on Steam as a free update! Join Lara in levels inspired by her manor and her infamous doppelganger! You can purchase the full game at 50% off on Steam HERE. It is a fantastic game and I highly recommend it. 

The update will be coming to Android and iOS next month as well, so stay tuned for that.

Also, Part 2 of The Go Trilogy Stories discusses Lara Croft Go's nostalgic atmosphere. Watch Meagan Marie and others reflect on their experiences below.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Year of Tomb Raider 2016 Recap


Crystal Dynamics just released a fantastic video celebrating the culmination of the 20 Years of Tomb Raider that took place throughout 2016. Last year held so many great moments and accomplishments for Lara Croft and Tomb Raider, and with the film coming out next year, there is no doubt to be many more.

If you look closely in the video, you'll notice as I did, that the "20 Years of an Icon" Gaming Heads statue collection will start releasing in the fall of this year. That's over a year from when it was initially presumed to be released. I am just glad to finally see more details on the project. Hopefully we'll get some prototype images soon. Cross your fingers.

Refresh Yourself on the Collection Announcement HERE.

Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Sunday, February 12, 2017

First Images of Alicia Vikander On Set of Tomb Raider Film

Daily Mail has released the first images of Alicia Vikander performing stunt work as Lara Croft! The photos were taken on a set in Capetown, South Africa. Alicia definitely looks like she is filling Lara's (re)boots well! The outfit looks great and I love the subtle changes. I cannot wait for what is to come. Alicia joins cast members Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu in the film due for release in March 2018.
















Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lara Croft POP! Vinyl Figure Unboxing


I FINALLY got my hands on my own POP! Lara Croft figure!!! I'm so stoked! Watch the unboxing above!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tomb Raider Comic #12 Releases This Wednesday


The 12th installment of the Tomb Raider comic series following events in Rise of the Tomb Raider releases this Wednesday. Get yours from Dark Horse or your local retailer. In the meantime, enjoy the preview below.

"Sam Nishimura has killed Lara Croft. Or at least, she thinks she has. With Lara out of the way, Sam, possessed by the Sun Goddess Himiko, plans to return to Yamatai and ascend her ancient throne. But Lara Croft is the ultimate survivor, and she’ll do anything to save a friend. It’s a battle for Sam’s soul as Lara faces off against Himiko once and for all!"





Source: Dark Horse Comics

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Lara Croft (Finally) Goes POP!


I was just mentioning the other day that Lara Croft is like the only character that hasn't been made into one of those POP! figures...and lo and behold, now she is! Coming this winter, Funko is releasing the official Lara Croft POP! figure and a Rock Candy figure as well! The POP! vinyl figure should be out in January and the Rock Candy vinyl figure should follow in February. Keep an eye out!

Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Lara Croft GO The Mirror of Spirits


To further celebrate 20 years of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft GO gets another expansion, "The Mirror of Spirits". Lara Croft GO and "The Mirror of Spirits" are available now exclusively for PlayStation Pro, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. The main game is also available for Steam and the expansion will release about 3 months down the road with other platforms following suit. This installment takes inspiration from Croft Manor and Lara's Doppleganger, how cool is that! 😎


“We’ve partnered with the talented artists at KO_OP to deliver a new Lara Croft GO chapter all while retaining the spirit of the Lara Croft franchise,” said Antoine Routon, the lead engineer/co-creative at Square Enix Montréal. “Extending Lara Croft GO beyond the mobile platforms is a testament to the game’s success and our team is incredibly proud.”

Lara Croft GO is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Steam for $9.99.
Get more info on previous releases HERE.





Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

GamerShoes Reveals Tomb Raider Shoes!


GamerShoes and Crystal Dynamics have just revealed a new line of Tomb Raider kicks! I can't believe we finally have official TR shoes to match our TR lives! All of them look absolutely amazing! Check out the full line and order yours HERE!







Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

My 20 Year Celebration Memory


A few months back I was asked by Crystal Dynamics to share what Lara Croft and Tomb Raider mean to me and here it is! I mean I could go on for days about the topic, but I managed to fit it all into this short video clip. Please enjoy and share your passion for Tomb Raider in  the comments below. :)

Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Sunday, October 30, 2016

20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future Out Now


The "20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future" book written by Meagan Marie is available now! Get yours at you local book store or online HERE. Inside you'll find a massive insight to the entire Tomb Raider franchise including fan content and unreleased games! I have the amazing pleasure of being featured in the book as well, Showing off some of my Tomb Raider tattoos! Be sure to pick up a copy for your collection!

Source: Official Tomb Raider Blog

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tomb Raider Comic #9 Out Now


The 9th issue of the comic series taking place after "Rise of the Tomb Raider" is available now! Get your copy from your local retailer or Dark Horse.

Preview:

"Escaping from a mental institution was just the beginning. Now Sam Nishimura is making her way across Europe and leaving a trail of destruction in her wake, gathering followers to her violent cause. Lara Croft and Jonah are on the case, trying to rescue Sam from the mysterious force that has overtaken her. But as haunting memories of Yamatai resurface and the sinister Order of Trinity gets more involved, this search-and-rescue mission becomes so much more."







Source: Dark Horse Comics

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Unboxing


Watch as I unbox the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider!

20 Year Celebration Medley


Player Piano and Crystal Dynamics debut the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Medley along with an amazing music video! Composer and Pianist Sonya Belousova and Director Tom Grey beautifully blend Tomb Raider's Main Theme, The Angel of Darkness, Legend, and finally Tomb Raider 2013.



“I had an incredible time composing and producing the music for Crystal Dynamics,” said Composer and Pianist Sonya Belousova. “My goal was to reflect the spirit and the journey of the Tomb Raider franchise by travelling all the way from the intimate solo piano moments through the dark romantic lush strings to the epicness of the whole symphony orchestra.” 

“We wanted to capture the spirit of adventure found in the Tomb Raider series and I figured that there would be no better way than to take our piano on its own escapade to the desert, the forests, and in the center of a storm” elaborated Director Tom Grey. “We certainly had a lot of fun…I can’t say the same for the piano.”

Fans can download the track for free via SoundCloud and the sheet music to boot!