Eidos announces Lara
Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary
, a new installment in the Lara Croft series
due next year based on the original Tomb Raider. This time around there is no
discussion of reapportioning Lara's proportions, and her claims to fame are not
even on display in the
one new screenshot
from the project. Here's word:
Calif. – October 30, 2006 – Eidos Interactive Ltd., one of the world’s leading
publishers and developers of entertainment software, today confirms the title of
the next Tomb Raider game will be Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary. Set for
release in North America on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system,
PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and Windows PC, Lara Croft Tomb Raider:
Anniversary is a tribute to Lara Croft and the phenomenal impact she has had on
pop-culture and gaming.
Inspired by the first Tomb Raider videogame, originally released in 1996, Lara
Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a totally new 2006 adventure for Lara,
faithfully preserving the elements which made the original Tomb Raider such a
classic, selling over 7 million copies worldwide. Using an enhanced ‘Tomb Raider
Legend’ game engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara’s adventure
and pursuit of a mystical artefact known only as the Scion right up to today’s
technology standards and will offer gamers a completely new gameplay experience.
“Lara Croft is more than just a video game character – she is a
digital-celebrity and icon for the video game industry, as well as a strong,
powerful character that people of all ages connect with,” said Director of
Marketing Matt Gorman, Eidos. “We are re-telling an incredible story using
today’s technology, we’ve taken all of the key moments from the original game
and put them into the context of a brand new Tomb Raider adventure.”
The puzzles are now more in depth and incorporate environmental interaction and
physics driven solutions. The level design and flow of gameplay are inspired by
the original videogame making Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary a brand new
experience in gaming, while still invoking the nostalgia of the first adventure
in Tomb Raiding.
“We’ve captured the essence of what made the original game so special and with
today’s technology, created a game that pushes the boundaries of the current
gaming consoles. Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a special celebration of Lara’s
reign as videogaming’s leading lady,” said Ian Livingstone, Eidos Interactive.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is currently in development by Crystal
Dynamics and will be available in spring 2007.