Well, here we are. From the first time, we heard the name “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” back during October 2016. To the leak thanks to the information found the official website HTML code. Now as of today we have more confirmation of the game’s existence, as well as a few other details.
First is the teaser trailer, which oddly enough has been making its way around certain movie theaters. There’s not much to it, other than a few glimpses of Lara, a guy with a guy and some jungle settings. And no, those aren’t in-game graphics.
It’s worth pointing out that Square Enix is positioning this game to be “the climatic finale of Lara Croft’s origin story”. Which could mean a couple of things, but we won’t dwell on that for now. We’ll save that for another time.
Finally the teaser, we’re told that we’ll get an actual announcement of the game with more specifics, on April 27, 2018. Got to say, I really am not a fan of an announcement by another announcement. We even got a release date of September 14, 2018. Which means the game has been in development for some time. Perhaps it was in development since we first caught wind of the game in 2016?
Finally, it seems Square Enix has wised up a bit and will be releasing the title on the PS4, Xbox One and PC, on the same day. No more timed-exclusive non-sense, as it should be. I said it before and I’ll keep saying it. Third party games should NOT have any silly timed exclusive garbage at all.
What I do want to do, and something that hasn’t been mentioned yet is who’s working on the game. We all know that Crystal Dynamics is working on the Avengers game. There have been rumors of Square Enix Montreal working on it. However, unless I’m mistaken they’ve only worked on mobile games. So developing a console/PC game would be a jump and likely not one that Square Enix would green light. So who’s working on the Shadow of the Tomb Raider?
Well, it could be development studio Nixxes. The very same team that ported the last two Tomb Raider games to the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Sure, they’ve only handled porting duties but they really stepped up when they did. I wouldn’t be surprised if Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics haven’t reached out to them for one reason or another.
We’ll just have to wait until April 27, 2018, to find out more about Shadow of the Tomb Raider. As someone who enjoyed both reboots, I can’t wait.