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2010/03/08

New Lara Croft Game to be Available Digitally

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2009 went by without a Tomb Raider game. The last one was Tomb Raider: Underworld, in 2008.

Well now we know that a new game will be coming, but it’s not Tomb Raider: it’s just Lara Croft – Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, to be precise. And another first is that this game will not be available retail wise, it seems, but via digital distribution outlets, perhaps like Steam.

And there have been some details leaked about the game, which say that the game will be top-down isometric game designed for co-operative play. Players can choose to control Lara or some Mayan dude named Totec.

"This is a really exciting project for Crystal Dynamics, we have created something completely new and very different to what people might be expecting," Crystal Dynamics general manager Darrell Gallagher said in a press release. "Lara Croft is such an iconic character in videogames, with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light we have created what we believe is a truly original digital experience."

More details on the game will be made public at GDC (Game Developers’ Conference) this week.

Personally, I think there’s a reason that this game doesn’t have the Tomb Raider title in it. Because this isn’t a Tomb Raider game – not really. This is just some game to tide people over until the next TR release probably, sort of like Duke Nukem Manhattan Project was supposed to be a bridge between the main games in the DN series, namely Duke Nukem 3D and Duke Nukem Forever – except the latter title never did come out, or hasn’t yet, anyway. That sounds very optimistic.

Sorry for the Duke Nukem reference – I’m playing a lot of Duke Nukem 3D lately. But seriously, if it really was Tomb Raider, there would be a retail release, mass promotion, and new technology, not going back in time with top-down isometric views (not that there’s anything wrong with that – I’m all for retro stuff).

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Source: Gamespot


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