Lara Croft is back as the Tomb Raider in the third instalment of the rebooted Tomb Raider series, titled Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The game will be released on September 14th, 2018 on PC, Xbox, and PS4.
The Tomb Raider series which has had enormous popularity since it's initial release in 1996, and has spawned a multi platform brand from the original game. In 2013, Square Enix took Lara Croft's character and relaunched the series from Lara's beginning. 2013's Tomb Raider was an origin story for Croft, showing how she fared on her first tomb raiding adventure. This year's game has been developed by Eidos-Montréal and Crystal Dynamics.
In a launch event in Montréal on April 26th, 2018, Square Enix unveiled the first hour of gameplay, and released a trailer for players to get excited about.
Camilla Luddington returns to voice the titular character, and the trailer shows that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be set in the jungle as Croft attempts to stop a Mayan Apocalypse from destroying everyone, while also trying to uncover more about Trinity, all joined by her friend Jonah Maiava.
Fans of the series have a lot to look forward to in the third instalment of the beloved series. At the event, the Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal, David Anfossi, said, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider will challenge Lara Croft in new and unexpected ways. Our team has created a diverse set of skills, combat techniques and equipment for players to master, and they’ll certainly need them if they hope to survive the deadly jungle environments and tombs."
Those who played the hour long demo on April 26th have said that the tombs that Croft will face will be varied and diverse, including underwater tombs as well as more traditional ones for players to explore outside of the main plot of the game.
Yosuke Matsuda, the Representative Director and President of Square Enix has said in reference to Shadow of the Tomb Raider that it, "...will take the series to new heights and Lara Croft to new depths."
Many fans are already buzzing about the return to the jungle, which is much like portions of the 2013 release, Tomb Raider. But, it looks like fans of the series will have a lot more than that to look forward to in September when the game is released.