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'Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals' novel continues reboot's story Oct. 20

The sequel to 2013's Tomb Raider won't be out until late 2015, but this fall, the original game's story will continue in a novel called Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals, publisher BradyGames announced recently. Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals will pick up Lara Croft's tale immediately following her harrowing adventure on Yamatai in Crystal Dynamics' well-received reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Croft's best friend, Sam, is dying from a toxic overdose of some kind, and it's up to her to save Sam's life. She hears of an ancient artifact that, legend has it, could heal her friend — and explain the supernatural nature of Yamatai. Croft sets out on a globe-spanning race against time, as well as a shadowy organization that will stop at nothing to find the relic first. A...

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Square Enix marketing VP Karl Stewart leaves the company

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 at...

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition review update

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition brings two notable improvements with it to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. All of the original release's downloadable content is included. This would be more noteworthy, save that Tomb Raider's DLC offerings were limited a handful of maps for its forgettable multiplayer mode and additional outfits for Lara. More impressively, Tomb Raider's already excellent visuals benefit from the added power of next-gen hardware. The islands of the Dragon's Triangle are more dense with foliage and wreckage, a small change that adds additional life to the environment. Character models have also received some work, and Lara in particular expresses emotions more realistically as she explores. There are a few minor differences between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One...

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See the definitive Lara Croft in action in Tomb Raider dev diary

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...

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Tomb Raider reboot became profitable last year

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 games." A...

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No discount for upgrading existing Tomb Raider to Definitive Edition

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...

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Breathing next-gen life into Tomb Raider

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...

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Sleeping Dogs dev worked on Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

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...

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition listed online for PS4, Xbox One (confirmed)

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.

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Amazon kicks off Black Friday deals early for games, consoles

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, BioShock...

Tomb Raider (2013) Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2013-03-05
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-03-05
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-03-05
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
  • Mac
    • Released 2014-01-23
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
  • Xbox One
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Crystal Dynamics
    • Score 9.0
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