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Tomb Raider reboot to be survival horror?

Tomb Raider reboot to be survival horror?

Eidos' Ian Livingstone has already hinted that a Tomb Raider reboot is on the way, though these are the first details.

Rumours are currently suggesting that a new Tomb Raider game is in the works at Eidos, which is now owned by Square Enix, and that it may entirely reboot the Tomb Raider franchise and take the series in a new survival-horror direction.

The rumours come from site 4PlayerCoop, who reportedly got a bunch of details on the game, as well as some (since removed by request of Tomb Raider dev Crystal Dynamics) concept art from an insider at Eidos. While the concept art was up it showed a somewhat grubbier, more athletic and less voluptuous take on Lara Croft - who this time rode horseback and carried a bow and arrow, rather than firing machine guns from a motorbike.

The Eidos mole apparently also dished out some details on the story for the game, which is apparently a total reboot of the series after the conclusion of the last trilogy of games. The game will apparently focus on Lara getting stranded on an abandoned Japanese island after a storm wrecks her research vessel and will see Lara at a far younger age than we may have done before.

Typically, the game will feature a lot of exploration and tombs according to the leaked information, but it also seems to be putting a much larger emphasis on the horror element too - the eerily abandoned houses of the island and the vast, mysterious wilderness Lara finds herself in evoke images of a Silent Hill inspired game.

One thing's for sure judging by the concept art - the enemies will be gross, rotting zombies. That's always fun.

If the rumours are true (and Eidos has so far not offered any comment) then this will be the first Tomb Raider game since Eidos was bought up by Japanese RPG-maker, Square Enix. It's unclear whether the new owners are behind the new possible new direction for the series, though Eidos' Ian Livingstone has been hinting that a series reboot is coming for a while now.

Were you a fan of the last few Tomb Raider games, or was Tomb Raider: Underworld a disappointing finale to the story started in Tomb Raider: Legend in your eyes? Either way, let us know your thoughts in the forums and don't forget to check out our interview with Lara Croft herself.

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Kiytan 13th July 2009, 12:10 Quote
I have faith, well, hope that this new one should be a good game. I liked tomb raider Legend, seemed more alike to the first two tomb raider games (the second imo, is the best one in the series).

I'm glad that they've set it in the past, with a younger lara, as survival horror with current lara would just not work. Having seen her face off hundreds of big, bloodthirsty monsters, a few zombies hardly seems a threat.
V3ctor 13th July 2009, 12:13 Quote
Just let Lara Croft rest a few years... the title is so used... Make something new... and then in a few years give Lara Croft another shot
ChaosDefinesOrder 13th July 2009, 12:17 Quote
This may actually work quite well - I can remember first playing the original Tomb Raider and that T-Rex part, and the Lost Valley level in general was ver creepy in a great "it's quiet... too quiet" kind of way! Tomb Raider plus survival horror to me sounds like a great new direction, as long as they keep the general ethos of eery tombs and puzzles.

Oh, and get rid of the quick-time events!
liratheal 13th July 2009, 12:23 Quote
Why can't this character die?

Lara was fun. All those years ago.

The franchise has been ****ed up with shitty remakes, shitty settings for 'new' games, and the unforgivable real world Lara's.
gingyfromshrek 13th July 2009, 12:29 Quote
I think it's a brilliant idea and just what teh franchise needed. I hope that the plot to it is only part of the game, not all of it cos it would get boring a pointless to stay on an island with monsters all throughout the game lol. I also hope that their will still be a Croft manor, but new, different and exciting.
Ive got to say that i wasnt looking forward to this game because of the last 2, but seeing the pics and reading about it has got me interested in it again. Legend was a good come back for the franchise but since then it went downhill once again like it did years ago. The first TR game and Legend are my favourites.
This game seems liek it is going to take Lara and make her into something we have never seen her like before. Im glad their breaking form the habit of the dual pistols and the outfits, I like that she has a bow and arrow because its never been like that before in a TR game, plus she is looking better than ever with her more human like features including her clothing.
Paradigm Shifter 13th July 2009, 12:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Why can't this character die?

Lara was fun. All those years ago.

The franchise has been ****ed up with shitty remakes, shitty settings for 'new' games, and the unforgivable real world Lara's.

This.

Tomb Raider was cool at the time. TR2 was pretty good (I liked the demo but never bought the game itself...) TR3 I found boring. Any after that were... terrible. I think I've got a couple of the later ones as they were bundled with graphics cards or other hardware...
Whalemeister 13th July 2009, 12:44 Quote
Hmmm, not too sure about this move, the last time they tried something 'different' with the Tomb Raider seried was Angel of Darkness and I'm sure we would all like to be able to forget how bad that one was...
ChaosDefinesOrder 13th July 2009, 12:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Quote:
Originally Posted by liratheal
Why can't this character die?

Lara was fun. All those years ago.

The franchise has been ****ed up with shitty remakes, shitty settings for 'new' games, and the unforgivable real world Lara's.

This.

Tomb Raider was cool at the time. TR2 was pretty good (I liked the demo but never bought the game itself...) TR3 I found boring. Any after that were... terrible. I think I've got a couple of the later ones as they were bundled with graphics cards or other hardware...

The story of the recent games were a bit.... weird... but the redeeming feature has been the control system - the new system is a lot better than the "programming moves" (to use the words of CodeMasters guys themselves!) method of old. Walk to edge, jump back one, run forwards half a second, press jump.

For me the game has been all about the acrobatics and puzzle solving - graphcs and cleavage were side points.

As for Croft Manor - that was always a great feature, my favourite being TR3 with the quad bike track, obstacle course and hidden aquarium! More of that please!
I-E-D 13th July 2009, 13:05 Quote
How far back? Maybe even back to "womb raider"!

I have Tomb Raider Legend on the Wii. kinda a boring game, a few dinosaurs etc, but i immagine it wouldnt have a great multi.
Evildead666 13th July 2009, 13:32 Quote
Bring back Carmageddon II .....
Physics, vehicle destruction, and virtually limitless time....

I always wondered why they never made a 4th....TDR2000 seemed like a step backwards......
Strangely enough, I think that was when Hardware 3D came in.....(GPU 3D not CPU 3D...)

The first tomb raider was great, never got into the others....
fargo 13th July 2009, 13:37 Quote
the last 2 tr games were quite good over all and I think this series will last for some time to come.
also adding horror ai should give it a new twist and more interesting. If gamers will sit for hours playing l4d just killing zombies with nothing else to do this should work out to tr's benefit. there will
always be people that flame this game as they do with other games as for me I always ejoy playing
tr mostly for the exploring and lara's many abilities
SMIFFYDUDE 13th July 2009, 14:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Evildead666
Bring back Carmageddon II .....
Physics, vehicle destruction, and virtually limitless time....

I always wondered why they never made a 4th....TDR2000 seemed like a step backwards......
Strangely enough, I think that was when Hardware 3D came in.....(GPU 3D not CPU 3D...)

The first tomb raider was great, never got into the others....

Hardware 3D was around when Carmageddon2 was released, and before it.
Mentai 13th July 2009, 16:35 Quote
I think this will work well if they can maintain the atmosphere. Exploring a horrific island as an inexperienced girl does have some appeal, as long as they don't market it with breasts. Ridiculously revealing outfits make it too cheesy and detract from most tension created by horror. Basically it needs to be tomb raider in name only, with a few gameplay ideas carried across but everything else made more serious.
philheckler 13th July 2009, 16:48 Quote
Anyone remember Tomb Raider chronicles ? - it 's the one where you had to play through a couple of different adventures from Lara's life , one adventure you played as young Lara marooned on an Irish island populated by ghost's and demons - this new reboot reminds me of that...
Otto69 13th July 2009, 16:49 Quote
It would be most symbolic to put Lara in a hooker outfit and have her butler be dressed as a pimp. Given how much the title has been whored out. Maybe they should just cut to the chase and release a pr0n video of Lara and her sister.
Yemerich 13th July 2009, 17:34 Quote
I like survival-horror... Nut to turn tomb raider into some of those?... Nonsense..
Anyway I hope they improve her butt too... kinda skinny
HourBeforeDawn 13th July 2009, 19:53 Quote
I never cared for Tomb Raider, the series well bored me and the whole plat former style just killed it for me so Im hoping they take this in a new direction. The storylined always seemed interesting just the game play to me wasnt any good.
an4rew 13th July 2009, 23:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
This.

Tomb Raider was cool at the time. TR2 was pretty good (I liked the demo but never bought the game itself...) TR3 I found boring. Any after that were... terrible. I think I've got a couple of the later ones as they were bundled with graphics cards or other hardware...

yea TR2 was awesome at the time, the first one wasn't too shappy either.
Otto69 14th July 2009, 17:26 Quote
First one was more fun IMHO. 2nd was a "let's cash in" game.
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