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New Tomb Raider will only have online release

New Tomb Raider will only have online release

The new Tomb Raider game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, will only be released digitally.

The new Tomb Raider game announced by Crystal Dynamics yesterday will not have a retail release model at all, Eidos has revealed. Instead, the game will only be available digitally through systems such as Steam and PSN - though no platforms have yet been confirmed.

The latest Tomb Raider won't even be a Tomb Raider game though, technically. Developer Crystal Dynamics, who took over from UK-based Core Design a few years back, are ditching the TR prefix in order to focus on the lady herself. The game will be titled simply as Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

There are few other details on what the game will be likes, though Crystal's previous games and direction with the series has taken the games down an increasingly story-led action adventure path.

This is a really exciting project for Crystal Dynamics, we have created something completely new and very different to what people might be expecting,” Crystal Dynamics general manager Darrell Gallagher stated.

Lara Croft is such an iconic character in videogames, with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light we have created what we believe is a truly original digital experience.

The game will be released via Eidos and is due out in 2010, but beyond that there are new details to speak of. Lara's probably busy driving around her new ring road.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Norfolk'N'Good 5th March 2010, 13:13 Quote
I've played most of them and I can’t help but love them, from the first on the original Playstation.
Not sure if the digital download will put me off, it seems to work for most of the steam games.
mrbens 5th March 2010, 13:26 Quote
lol any excuse to use that picture!
Jokkocze 5th March 2010, 13:38 Quote
why? I prefer getting something when I buy something for 35 euro, not just a key.
yakyb 5th March 2010, 13:46 Quote
i think people are looking for a bit more than run and jump and climb nowadays i cant see this being a success unless they bring in a form of character development in
impar 5th March 2010, 14:07 Quote
Greetings!

With current € prices on Steam and unable to order it from an UK retailer, will not touch it.
Digi 5th March 2010, 14:14 Quote
Boobies....
Pieface 5th March 2010, 14:42 Quote
It's cheaper for the companies to send it online, as opposed to creating millions of CD's, cases, manuals and paying for delivery. And also they can sell it for a better price. I won't be suprised if within a year or two most major releases on the PC will be like this.
fargo 5th March 2010, 14:45 Quote
digital downloading doesn't bother me but dropping the tomb raider name could be going in the
wrong direction. when you have a sucessful product you don't screw with it. changes in the story
line is one thing but not using the game name tr I'm not so sure.
Pieface 5th March 2010, 14:47 Quote
Why do I have the tomb raider comments on this?

I'm on the CoD news page.
impar 5th March 2010, 15:16 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Pieface
It's cheaper for the companies to send it online, as opposed to creating millions of CD's, cases, manuals and paying for delivery. And also they can sell it for a better price.
Yep. But Steam fails on that.
Imperial version of NTW was cheaper in the UK retailers than the regular edition of NTW in Steam.
erratum1 5th March 2010, 20:11 Quote
Crystal dynamics stated in their forum that they are working on '2 projects' and that this is just one of them. So i'm not sure what this is yet.
Star*Dagger 5th March 2010, 21:23 Quote
All games and software are going download only, I can not remember the last time I bought a boxed game. Get with it, its 2010, and stop using XP, lol!
eternum 5th March 2010, 22:09 Quote
It is 2010, but I can still drive down to the nearest brick-and-mortar (I live about 30 miles outside of town), buy a game, drive home, install it, and be playing loooong before I can download it, even with broadband - I could even cook and eat dinner in that time too and beat the download. There is a place yet for retail boxes. And no I haven't used XP for quite a while :)
VaLkyR-Assassin 5th March 2010, 22:13 Quote
Considering most new games are getting very large (greater than 10GB is becoming the norm) and that most internet connections will have a limited bandwidth per month, only the most 1337 of people with their expensive limitless and fast connections are going to be able to make use of a digital release. For me, I have a 40GB monthly limit, and because of my distance to the exchange, I have a pretty slow connection speed. There is no way that I'd want to waste a huge chunk of my potential monthly bandwidth on one game, and then to have it download so slowly that I'd need to keep my PC running for a couple of days (which I would just never do). If all PC games go this route, then I won't be buying any games again. Ever.
Sheiken 5th March 2010, 23:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by VaLkyR-Assassin
Considering most new games are getting very large (greater than 10GB is becoming the norm) and that most internet connections will have a limited bandwidth per month, only the most 1337 of people with their expensive limitless and fast connections are going to be able to make use of a digital release. For me, I have a 40GB monthly limit, and because of my distance to the exchange, I have a pretty slow connection speed. There is no way that I'd want to waste a huge chunk of my potential monthly bandwidth on one game, and then to have it download so slowly that I'd need to keep my PC running for a couple of days (which I would just never do). If all PC games go this route, then I won't be buying any games again. Ever.

You do realise that it is possible to make backups of steam games? You buy the key, and have a mate download the files for you.
GiantStickMan 6th March 2010, 07:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by eternum
It is 2010, but I can still drive down to the nearest brick-and-mortar (I live about 30 miles outside of town), buy a game, drive home, install it, and be playing loooong before I can download it, even with broadband - I could even cook and eat dinner in that time too and beat the download. There is a place yet for retail boxes. And no I haven't used XP for quite a while :)

I couldn't agree more. Plus given the choice between paying more for a boxed copy or a digital one, I will pick digital everytime. i'm also the kind of person who would rather buy a CD than download the MP3, even though I rip the CD into MP3s in the end anyways.
I agree that there is still a place for retail copies. Especially special editions with bonus stuff like art books etc, i am a sucker for that sort of thing and will always pay more for it.
D3s3rt_F0x 6th March 2010, 09:59 Quote
I just wish Eidos would let them off the leash for some legacy of kain but oh no, they build anther tomb raider game, which at the time of kain were destroyed by the story telling.
NiHiLiST 7th March 2010, 01:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sheiken
You do realise that it is possible to make backups of steam games? You buy the key, and have a mate download the files for you.

It's like the DRM issue again though, that's a lot of faffing around and jumping through hoops for something which should be as easy as going to the shop.
thehippoz 7th March 2010, 05:34 Quote
last one was memorable.. the part where you were in the stone chamber and had to move the mayan statues around
Blademrk 7th March 2010, 15:33 Quote
Interesting, was wondering if they were going to go with a Legacy of Kain (the 1st one on the PS1) style game.
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