Crystal Dynamics is looking to reinvigorate the Tomb Raider series with a darker and more realistic reboot slated for a March 2013 release date.
Her newest incarnation is more realistic than her past big-busted and tiny-waisted self (and yet in some ways she’s as equally attractive), but it’s her personal trials which reveal how the series is looking to evolve into something altogether more dramatic. This game tells the origin story of a young woman forced into a desperate fight for survival, showing her from first kill through to hardened huntress. Unrelated to the warmly received trilogy from the same developer, all eyes will be on this one to see if it can return Lara to the glory of old.
Although teasers and rendered trailers have been released since announcement, we were finally granted a gameplay demo showcasing one of the later stages. What was revealed could best be described as Uncharted-esque, with the camera perspective, thug-blasting and climbing antics you would expect from a Nathan Drake adventure worth its salt. Rather than sticking with firearms and fisticuffs, Lara’s arsenal is well-suited to her struggle; wielding a bow and arrows, she can quietly dispose of the enemy, or go in for a quick and lethal stab attack. It’s all very final, and reveals more of the dark direction in which Crystal Dynamics has decided to take the franchise.
Lara’s received a bit of criticism since her early days on the original Playstation, at times unfairly with regards to the Legend trilogy. Although comparisons to Naughty Dog’s Uncharted formula are both obvious and inevitable, we’ll have to wait and see if Lara can break out of her comfort zone and win over a larger audience beyond her usual fans. Adventuring fans should still have a soft spot for Miss Croft regardless, meaning that this upcoming reboot could make waves when it releases next year.