|Platform 360, PS3, Win, Mac, xbox one, PS4||Publisher Square Enix||Developer Crystal Dynamics||Release Date 2013-03-05|
By Philip Kollar on Feb 25, 2013 02.25.13
It's not long before all pretenses of Lara's weaknesses fall away and she's running through a village of enemies, guns blazing and screaming for blood Tomb Raider introduces a younger version of series heroine Lara Croft as an archaeology-obsessed young woman bound for a group of stormy islands known as the Dragon's Triangle. When her ship crashes, separating Lara from the surviving crew, she's forced to explore, survive and uncover the mystery of the island's strange, hostile inhabitants. While Tomb Raider starts with Lara's journey from regular person to "survivor," most of that transformation takes place in the narrow first few hours. As Lara pushed through narrow caves, crawled along ledges, killed her first animal and scavenged for parts with often minimal input from me, I...
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By Samit Sarkar on Mar 20, 2014 03.20.14
Karl Stewart, vice president of strategic marketing at Square Enix for North America and Europe, is leaving the publisher today after eight years with the company, he announced on his Tumblr page. "It has been an unbelievable ride over the last eight years," said Stewart. "Square Enix is an amazing company, whether you work for one of its studios or publishing arms, or if you're thinking of joining, this company has given me the opportunity to grow and do what I love to do best, work in [a] creative and ridiculously talented company at the heart of the video game industry." Stewart is departing for Burbank, Calif.-based Petrol Advertising, where he is taking the position of vice president of brand development and strategic partnerships. During his career at Eidos Interactive — and...
By Samit Sarkar on Jan 21, 2014 01.21.14
An upgraded Lara Croft model is one of the key pieces of the upcoming Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider, and publisher Square Enix showed off the visual improvements in a developer diary today. Executive producer Scot Amos highlighted the ways in which Crystal Dynamics, working with United Front Games (Xbox One version) and Nixxes Software (PlayStation 4 version), redesigned the character model for Lara Croft. The studios added high-resolution textures and redid the head model's topology to add more detail, and brought in AMD's TressFX hair simulation technology from last year's Windows PC version of Tomb Raider. Enhanced mud, blood and water effects can be seen on Croft's skin, which also evinces sub-surface scattering: Light goes below the skin and diffuses realistically. Outside of...
By Dave Tach on Jan 17, 2014 01.17.14
Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics' reboot of the Lara Croft franchise, became profitable in 2013, executive producer Scot Amos told Eurogamer. "By the end of last year, Tomb Raider [was] in the black," Amos said. "We've crossed the line of profitability for the last-gen and PC versions." The action game was released in March 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Later that same month, publisher Square Enix revealed that Tomb Raider — along with other games like Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs — had sold more than a million units but fell short of the company's sales expectations. By August 2013, after a disappointing financial year for Square Enix, CEO Phil Rogers took to the company blog to "categorically say that we're not abandoning core, [AAA] console and PC...
By Samit Sarkar on Jan 06, 2014 01.06.14
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will cost $59.99 regardless of whether you own a copy of the existing game — publisher Square Enix won't be offering an upgrade discount, according to an FAQ for the Definitive Edition. "Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is not participating in an upgrade program. The game will retail for $59.99 in North America. Check with your local retailer for price points across Europe," reads the FAQ. Square Enix also confirmed that save games for the original version of 2013's Tomb Raider will not be compatible with the Definitive Edition. New content in the updated game includes a redesigned Lara Croft character model with additional detail; native 1080p resolution on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; and various platform-specific features such as support for...
By Tracey Lien on Jan 06, 2014 01.06.14
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One breathes a liveliness not seen in the current-gen version of the game into the world of Lara Croft, according to the game's executive producer Scot Amos. Speaking to Polygon, Amos said development on the PS4 and Xbox One port of Tomb Raider began as developer Crystal Dynamics was wrapping up the franchise reboot for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Knowing that next-gen consoles were on the way, the studio — which teamed up with United Front Games and Nixxes Software to create the ports — wanted to take advantage of the improved technology to create what Amos describes as the development team's original vision of the game, one they could not achieve because of the horsepower restrictions of existing consoles. "It adds this...
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 09, 2013 12.09.13
United Front Games, one of the studios behind Sleeping Dogs, worked with Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics to bring the 2013 action game to new consoles, said Crystal Dynamics executive producer Scot Amos on the PlayStation Blog. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which publisher Square Enix announced during VGX 2013 over the weekend, is on its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was originally released this past March. Netherlands-based Nixxes Software ported Tomb Raider to PlayStation 4, according to a news post on the developer's website. The studio also "provided support" to United Front Games, the Vancouver, Canada-based studio that handled the Xbox One version of the Definitive Edition. The Definitive Edition will run in 1080p, and will feature realistic hair for...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Dec 07, 2013 12.07.13
A listing on Amazon for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition suggests that a remake of Tomb Raider "re-built specifically" for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One could be released in 2014. According to the listing, the Definitive Edition features all of the game's downloadable content, a digital art book, six outfits for Lara and a digital comic. The game is listed for $59.99 on both PS4 and Xbox One and has a release date of Jan. 28, 2014. Tomb Raider was released earlier this year for PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360 as a reboot to the franchise. The game stars a younger, inexperienced Lara Croft as she sets out on her first major adventure. Update: The Definitive Edition was confirmed today during VGX. Watch the trailer below.
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 21, 2013 11.21.13
Amazon has already begun its "countdown to Black Friday deals week" for video games and everything else, including discounts on a wide variety of games, consoles and accessories. Current price cuts on systems focus on the Xbox 360, with discounts ranging from 10-17 percent on a number of packages. The 250 GB Holiday Bundle, which includes an Xbox 360 and copies of Halo 4 and Tomb Raider, is available for $249. The special editions of games like Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Saints Row 4 are on sale, too, alongside console versions of recent titles such as Max Payne 3 ($9.99) and Gears of War: Judgment ($19.96). But so far, the highlight of Amazon's deals is a massive sale on digital versions of Windows PC titles, including a bundle of all three BioShock games — BioShock, B...
By Dave Tach on Nov 20, 2013 11.20.13
Square Enix isn't saying whether Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot is headed to next-gen consoles, but a representative from the company told IGN that we may know more next month. Reports of a next-gen version began circulating when a listing for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4 appeared on Amazon's Italian website. Though it has since been removed, according to IGN, the listing included a January 24, 2014 release date and was bundled in the game's downloadable content. It also referenced next-gen consoles, which could indicate versions for Xbox One and Wii U. Though a Square Enix representative stopped short of confirming a new version of the game, they did say that more information is forthcoming. "It's so hard to keep a secret these days," the representative...
By Michael McWhertor on Nov 18, 2013 11.18.13
The annual Spike Video Game Awards — rebranded this year as VGX — announced its 2013 nominees today, a list of video games led by titles like BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us and Tomb Raider. Up for the Game of the Year award are BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider and Super Mario 3D World. GTA 5 is strongly represented in the following additional categories: Studio of the Year, Best Action Adventure Game, Best Xbox Game, Best PlayStation Game, Best Voice Actor, Best Soundtrack and Best Song in a Game. BioShock Infinite is also represented in the following categories: Studio of the Year, Best Shooter, Best Xbox Game, Best Voice Actor, Best Voice Actress, Best Soundtrack and Best Song in a Game. Also garnering seven...