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Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer teases a trip to Mayan pyramids

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Game launches Sept. 14, 2018, more coming on April 27

Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s first teaser trailer is out, and it’s what you would expect of a Tomb Raider promo: rock climbing, gun-packing goons, bow and flaming arrow, Lara Croft smacking into some hard surface. It also appears she’s gazing out at Mayan pyramids, suggesting a locale in Central or South America.

And there’s more to come. This 23-second teaser is itself an announcement for an announcement. It confirms April 27 as a “full reveal” date, along with Sept. 14, 2018, as the game’s launch date, which a leak yesterday already identified for us. (The full reveal, according to that leak, evidently means “all pre-order incentives and SKUs.”)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be the third game in the rebooted story of Lara Croft that started with 2013’s Tomb Raider. That was followed by Rise of the Tomb Raider in 2015. The sequel was a timed exclusive on Xbox platforms before launching later on other platforms; the third game will launch simultaneously on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, publisher Square Enix confirmed today. Shadow of the Tomb Raider will tie off the trilogy with “the climactic finale of Lara’s origin story,” according to yesterday’s leak.