A new Tomb Raider game is in development and it looks like it will be closer to the original PlayStation games than the most recent and divisive reboot trilogy.
Square Enix plans to mark Lara Crofts 25th anniversary celebrations throughout the year with retrospectives nostalgic content and other fun surprises. While all of this is going on developer Crystal Dynamics will be hard at work on the next big Tomb Raider adventure though its unlikely well be hearing much about it for a while yet.
For now we have a rough idea of what to expect thanks to franchise game director Will Kerslake. He teased that the upcoming project will combine the original games with the reboots which of course were sort of an origin story for the tomb raider.
We envision the future of Tomb Raider unfolding after [the rebooted trilogy] telling stories that draw from the breadth of Core Design and Crystal Dynamics games seeking to unify these timelines he explained in a 25th anniversary video thanks Push Square. With Tomb Raiders extensive history this is no easy task and we ask for your patience as we work through the process.
No big announcements in 2021 then but fans of the oldschool franchise will no doubt be happy to learn that Tomb Raider is returning at least partially to its roots. This mix of old and new is unlikely to mean a return to the finicky controls of the original games. Its likely more indicative of where we find Lara in her life and who she is as a person which will certainly be interesting to watch after three games of a much younger and inexperienced adventurer.
The latest game in the series 2018s Shadow Of The Tomb Raider received quite a bit of praise for its renewed emphasis on exploration and puzzlesolving but some of its narrative choices unrelentingly somber tone and weird character moments were offputting. roundly criticized. If Crystal Dynamics can back up a bit in that darkness great. If the new game also allows us to lock a butler in the cold room? Better.