A Los Angeles based PR firm has leaked the first images of the upcoming Tomb Raider game from Square Enix.
Square Enix just can’t seem to keep Tomb Raider under wraps. First, the name of the game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, was leaked by an Eidos employee working on his subway ride to work. Now it seems their PR firm has made another gaffe and leaked some promotional and concept images.
The images are part of a portfolio from TakeOff, an advertising agency based in Los Angeles with a history of producing everything from trailers to publisher press kits. The images are of possible logos for the game, as well as ideas for promotional images based on the game’s setting. "Through sketches and renders, we explored varying concepts for the Shadow of the Tomb Raider logo and key art," wrote a cached version of the page. "This process consisted of using the different pillars of the game as inspiration to accurately portray the brand."
The art seems to indicate the setting of the game will head back to its Central American roots and take on the dense jungles surrounding Panama. You can see in the images various temples that appear to have a step-like structure, reminiscent of Mayan or other ancient Mesoamerican civilizations. The interior images of these temples also appear to have statues of Kukulkan, the Mayan snake god commonly found in tombs of historically important persons. Dense foliage, vines, and lightning round off the artwork.
It also looks like Lara Croft will be retaining her now iconic bow and arrow for use in the ancient Mayan tombs.
Tomb Raider has been having a bit of a renaissance of late. After decades of decline, the 2013 self-titled reboot injected new life into the classic franchise, receiving multiple awards of generating a ton of sales across all platforms. The 2015 sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider developed by Crystal Dynamics, likewise reached critical acclaim and commercial success. The upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be developed by Eidos, a Montreal-based developer under Square Enix.
Will Shadow of the Tomb Raider be as successful as its forebears? If leaks are equal to success, it might become the biggest game ever made.