This just in from Crystal Dynamics. This is a complete surprise to me, but I still have their backs. I trust that ultimately Crystal and Square would make the appropriate decision with my beloved franchise. I also understand the frustration in the Tomb Raider community. I am fortunate in the regard of having an Xbox One and 360, but I enjoy all platforms equally. It has been confirmed that the "Rise" exclusive "has a duration" via this Eurogamer article, also linked below in the update. Furthermore, this Polygon article explains the benefits of a deal such as this.
Dear Tomb Raider Community,
As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio.
Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past - we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.
This doesn’t mean that we’re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4.
We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we’ll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we’re going all out to try and make something truly special - the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built.
Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios
UPDATE - August 15th, 2014
Thank you for all of the feedback and questions. There has been a lot of coverage about Rise of the Tomb Raider, and a new round of articles followed Phil Spencer’s Eurogamer interview in which he confirmed that the exclusivity is timed. In case you haven’t read that article yet, you can do so here.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have announced Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris: Gold Edition, a special package including a download code for the game and exclusive items. It will be available for $34.99 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in North America. The European version has only been confirmed for PS4 and PC. Additionally, some retailers have pre-order offers for a 10% discount on the Standard Edition price of $19.99. The game launches December 9th, 2014.
The Gold Edition of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris features multiple exclusive items including a 3" Lara figurine, an art book filled with never-before-seen concept art, a folding map of the Overworld, and the Season Pass, will be available at participating North American retailers for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, and Windows PC.
Multiple retailer exclusive packs featuring unique skins and character based skills are also available:
•Assassinate Your Enemies with the Hitman® Pack, available on Steam and from participating digital retailers. Pre-order to receive the exclusive Hitman themed skins including the iconic Silverballers and The Agent ring, which gives your character increased weapon damage and more powerful bombs.
•Pick up the Ultimate Augmentation with the Deus Ex® Pack, only available on Amazon.com. Pre-order to receive the exclusive Deus Ex themed skins, including Adam Jensen's signature combat rifle and the Augment ring, which reduces the cost of treasure chests by 10%.
•Become a Legend with the Lara Croft Legend Pack, only available at GameStop. Pre-order to receive the nostalgic Tomb Raider® Legend skins including a golden pistol and The Legend ring, which gives your character health regeneration powers and a more powerful torch.
•The Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Season Pass is available for purchase and includes all future downloadable content including the Icy Death and Twisted Gears Packs. The upcoming DLC Packs offer 6 additional costumes and will challenge Lara, Carter, Horus and Isis to conquer additional tombs and collect a treasure trove of unique rings, amulets and weapons. The Season Pass does not include the pre-order packs.
See the Official Tomb Raider Blog for more info.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Camilla tweeted yesterday about new motion capture tech being used in Rise of the Tomb Raider:
#tombraider fans.This is #mova.Florescent paint that is sprayed all over my face 2give 7000 points of ref!!! pic.twitter.com/rYuiy9m6zX
— Camilla Luddington(@camilluddington) August 7, 2014
Continued: it should be noted that normal mocap"dots" marked on a face are only 90 points ref... This means a MUCH more realistic capture
— Camilla Luddington(@camilluddington) August 7, 2014
I can't wait to see how this looks in-game! ;D
Monday, August 4, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tomb Raider issues #5 & #6 are out now! Have you picked up your copies? Issue #6 apparently comes to an exciting conclusion! I have not read my issues yet unfortunately, so no spoilers please. :)
Looks as though Rhianna Pratchett and Andy Park getting involved again!
More Info: DarkHorse & Comics Page
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
IGN gets their hands on Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the upcoming sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Watch as we get a taste of the 4 player co-op gameplay, loot and of course tomb raiding. Oh, and what's this???
A DECEMBER 9TH RELEASE DATE!!!
IGN Learns to Play LCTOO
IGN Finds Sweet Loot in LCTOO
IGN Couch Co-ops LCTOO
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Haunted by what she was forced to do in order to survive her first adventure, Lara Croft wants only to put her horrifying ordeal on Yamatai island in the past. Her modest wish shatters as she's plunged into a frantic race to save her best friend Sam from a toxic overdose. Desperate for a remedy, Lara searches for anything that could help Sam. A wisp of hope arising from a myth gives Lara purpose: the story of an ancient and mysterious artifact that could heal her dying friend, and possibly help explain the supernatural events she witnessed on Yamatai.
But Lara is not alone in her pursuit of the treasure. A nefarious magnate, a shadow society, and lethal henchmen will stop at nothing to exploit the powerful relic for their own ends. The hunt drives Lara across the globe, through a twisted web of conspiracy, suspicious contacts, and life-or-death intrigue, as she seeks salvation for her friend and the truth behind the legendary talisman.
- Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals broadens the world and continues the storyline that was introduced in the recent Tomb Raider video game.
- Tied-in to the best-selling Tomb Raider game launch of March 2013, the novel picks up Lara’s journey immediately following the game’s ending, and will become canon within the modern “reboot” timeline.
- Written by Dan Abnett, a bestselling British novelist and comic book writer.
- Storyline written in conjunction with the game developers at Crystal Dynamics.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The second reveal to come out of E3 was the long awaited sequel to the digital hit Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Keeley Hawes confirmed her return as the voice of Lara via Twitter. Delve into the stunning trailer, gameplay and screenshots below. Also, see my Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris page for more info on this title.
IGN - Stage Demo
The announcements that emerged out of this year's E3 came as a complete surprise to me! I had no idea that we were going to get this much good Tomb Raider news so soon. Rise of the Tomb Raider was revealed during the Microsoft Press Conference in a breath taking (literally) trailer. Check it out below as well as some beautiful concept pieces. Camilla Luddington also confirmed her return as Lara Croft via Twitter. Also, see my Rise of the Tomb Raider page for more info on what to expect from this next installment of the franchise.
Sorry to hear that Lara Croft: Reflections has been cancelled. I would have loved to play, but I don't own an Apple device anyway...
Note From The Official Facebook Page
Thank you to all players that have played Lara Croft: Reflections in the New Zealand and Australia regions. We are sorry to announce that servers will be closed down as of August 5, 2014. Hard-currency can no longer be purchased, but items will still be available for sale until the game shuts down. We appreciate your support and passion towards LCR and hope to bring more games to you in the future. - LCR Support team
See Also: Lara Croft: Reflections
Thursday, May 29, 2014
The 4th installment of the Tomb Raider comic published by Dark Horse is out on shelves now! What will happen next? Get your copy and find out! In the meantime, check out the preview below:
"Gail Simone’s thrilling addition to the Tomb Raider saga kicks into high gear!Lara Croft is chased through the streets of London as she gets dangerously close to the truth! But it’s not her own safety that concerns her, but that of her friends, the surviving crew of the Endurance!"
-Dark Horse Website
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The 3rd Tomb Raider comic is now available at your local retailers or DarkHorse.com The 6th issue has been teased at as well. Preview both down below and get your comic on!
Tomb Raider #3 Preview
Lara Croft is on the hunt for the strange force that is terrorizing the survivors of the Endurance crew! As ancient mythological creatures appear to wreak havoc on Lara, so too do the ghosts of her past!
Tomb Raider #6 Preview
Lara’s journey leads her to a place she thought she would never return to—the place of her nightmares—Yamatai! Can Lara survive long enough to find out the truth of the danger that stalks her?
See more on the Comic Page
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Lara's Endurance Garb DLC will be available for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on release day next week. Lara's survival axe and a riot shield are included to use during battles. I'm super excited! Two of my favorite games coming together. ^.^