Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider. That’s the official word from Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher on the confirmation of a Tomb Raider reboot. Like Medal of Honor and Mortal Kombat, CD have chosen not to give the origin story of Lara Croft a number or subtitle and opted simply to call it Tomb Raider instead of a less classier Tomb Raider 9. Early details from Gallagher in Game Infomer, who teased the reveal last month, state that this game is to be “an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character defining journey like no other,” with the rumoured shipwreck storyline seemingly confirmed too – note the wrecked ship in the background of the GI cover. And that’s it. That’s all we know so far. But since pretty much every TR game of the last few years has found itself on the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Wii, it’s probable the new one will too. Though technically Tomb Raider isn’t new, it’s old, well the story is. A new story about an old Lara. Whose young… Is anyone else confused?
I hope this will be a completely new venture for Lara. The last few have been fun but troubled in certain areas, mainly combat, but one of the biggest criticisms is how the once tricky franchise has become easier with age. Some of the early and still unconfirmed rumours claimed it will be an open-world game with Lara having to fight for survival, ditching her infamous thigh-strapped guns for spears and such. Game Informer’s cover shows a what looks like a bow slung over Lara’s shoulder. A tick for that part of the rumour then. Placing the new Tomb Raider in an open-world setting could work exceptionally well and sits so very comfortably with the notion of Lara being an explorer. A bugbear for me has always been the highly detailed and gorgeous environments clashing with a cartoonish Ms Croft. Even though the first glimpse of the game via GI’s cover is marketing at its best, it may suggest a more realistic character model for Lara and whoever else she may come across on her journey. One thing’s for sure; it’s quite exciting to see how many if any of these ideas come to fruition.