Coinciding with today’s release of the newly-rebooted Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander, Square Enix has officially announced the third installment of its Tomb Raider video game franchise, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The final chapter of Lara Croft’s origin story is slated for release on September 14th, 2018 for the Xbox One, PlayStatation 4, and PC.
News of the third game in the rebooted Tomb Raider series sent shockwaves through the gaming community yesterday, when multiple sites reported that upon inspection of the HTML code on the official Tomb Raider website, a date of September 14th was listed as the game’s release date. Additionally, a second statement found within the code indicated that pre-order incentives will be revealed on April 27th, 2018. While no initial verification came from Square Enix, the leak and assumptions were confirmed with today’s official announcement, which came in the form of a twenty-second teaser trailer showcasing quick glimpses of Lara Croft running through a dense jungle, climbing vine-laden cliff sides, and overlooking a trio of pyramids underneath an eclipsed sun.
Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be revealed April 27th. Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on September 14th, 2018. pic.twitter.com/jujMf47kJH— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) March 15, 2018
Square Enix will once again be the publisher for the iconic title, a role that it has maintained since the franchise rebooted in 2013. However, for the first time since 2006, Crystal Dynamics is no longer part of the development process for the game. Instead, Eidos Montreal has helmed the development of the game - which makes sense considering that the title of the game was initially leaked by an employee working on his laptop in a Montreal-based subway. The subway fiasco was the first of two accidental leaks surrounding the new game; the second one coming from the studio’s PR firm, which mistakenly leaked promotional ideas and concept art.
The Tomb Raider franchise - as a whole - is arguably more relevant today than ever before. As such, it is hard to imagine that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be anything less than the two critically-acclaimed games that preceded it, if not better. Based on the teaser trailer, it certainly looks like the game will be no less thrilling and action-packed.
Since its inception in 1996, the Tomb Raider franchise has seen its fair share of ups and downs. While early reactions of the latest movie indicate that the film may not reach Wonder Woman-levels of success, Lara Croft continues to be an iconic character that may go down in history as one of the best female video game characters ever. Shadow of the Tomb Raider will look to continue her legacy, with a full reveal of the game scheduled for April 27th, 2018.