Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Tomb Radier to Reboot Franchise

As the cover story for this upcoming Game Informer, Crystal Dynamics has announced its upcoming project Tomb Raider, an effective reboot on the series.

The new title, simply titled Tomb Raider, is not only a reboot of the franchise but also the entire brand; therefore Lara will be a new design and not based on any actress in promotional material.

The new adventure stars a 21-year-old Lara Croft who ends up on a mysterious island after the ships she is on crashes. Gone is the lock-on system from the previous iterations in the series, and it is instead replaced by a new free aim system, comparable to other third-person shooters. However, the biggest focus of the game will be toward survival. Lara in this adventure will start off as a frail and emotionally-shaken young adult, and over the course of the game she will become more physically capable of surviving the harsh terain and equipped with a number of items which will help improve her abilties.

Tomb Raider will not leave Lara along to herself, but not every person on the island is friendly. She will be able to stop at particular camps set around the island, where players can better upgrade her abilities and plan out routes for the next venture out into the deadly wilderness, and if comments are to be believed, Tomb Raider is going to be the most gruesomely realistic and hard-edged game yet.

More about the game, including screen shots, is available in the upcoming issue of Game Informer.

The Tomb Raider series was created by Core Design in 1996, and since 2006 the franchise has been in the hands of Crystal Dynamics. The series stars Lara Croft, a young adventurer whose travels lead her to ancient ruins and mystic relics. From the natural to the supernatural, she has encountered many dangers. The latest adventure starring Lara Croft is Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, an isometric adventure title akin to Gauntlet, released this year for XBLA, PSN, and PC.

The new Tomb Raider is expected to be released in 2011.

SOURCE: Game Informer

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