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Never-seen Lara Croft short film kicks off Tomb Raider's 20th anniversary celebration

Made but never shown, 'Tomb Raider: The Trilogy' was only recently found

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This film was made nearly 20 years ago for Tomb Raider 3's launch party, but it was never shown. Now that the producer found an old tape with it, Tomb Raider: The Trilogy can at last be shown.

In the movie, a video gamer is interrogated by two police detectives who are skeptical of his claims about his "girlfriend" Lara Croft. He's treated as delusional until, of course, the twist ending.

The film was meant to be shown at the Natural History Museum in London for the launch of Tomb Raider 3 in 1998, but it wasn't, for reasons that weren't made clear. Janey de Nordwall unearthed some old tapes recently and found this on one of them, turning it over to Square Enix, which put the video on YouTube this weekend.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider's first release, on Oct. 25, 1996. Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have more planned to celebrate the occasion throughout 2016.

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