Tomb Raider Getting Gritty Reboot

How many times has a new creative director taken the reins of the Tomb Raider franchise and promised to “rescue the franchise with a bold new take”? Square Enix-powered studio Crystal Dynamics (which is responsible for the last four Tomb Raider games, including the acclaimed downloadable title Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light) is the latest to try their hand at crafting a definitive, new Lara Croft experience. But for this reboot, it looks like the promise of “whole new thing” might actually be fitting.

Titled simply Tomb Raider, this latest incarnation of the iconic video game franchise is essentially a reinvention of Lara Croft herself. Crystal Dynamics’ Darrell Gallagher describes the new game as “an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character-defining journey like no other.” The game finds a young, inexperienced Lara washed ashore on an unknown beach after the boat she was traveling on is destroyed by a storm. She’s not out to plunder artifacts or spelunk caves for monetary rewards; she just wants to survive. She’s got no help of any kind, but she’s far from alone in this strange new place.

As you can tell from the image above — which serves as the cover art of January’s Game Informer, who’s promising an exclusive reveal of the game with a ten-page feature — this is not your father’s Lara Croft. “Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider,” says Gallagher. This younger Lara will “endure both physical and emotional trauma to survive.”

Little else is known about the new game, at least until Game Informer’s exclusive hits mailboxes and newsstands. Square Enix has set up a new website at, and you can also follow the news about the game on Twitter @TombRaider. GI is also planning lots of exclusive revelations about the game throughout this month at their new Tomb Raider Hub.

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