The next Tomb Raider game has been made official, though very few details are known at the moment.
Square Enix made the announcement on Thursday, saying it has “big news” to share with fans next year:
Honestly, we wish we could share it with you right now, but we’re taking a new approach this time.
A new Tomb Raider game is coming.
Driven by our goal of putting fans first, we want you to know that it won’t be very long between the official reveal and when you can play.
The publisher said Lara Croft’s next journey will “begin with a major event in 2018.” What could that be? Your guess is as good as ours. It’s possible the company is hinting at the upcoming film starring Alicia Vikander, which is set to hit theaters on March 16, 2018.
It would make sense for the company to time the game’s launch (or announcement) with the movie’s release for a massive marketing push. Like the latest Tomb Raider games, the upcoming Tomb Raider film is a reboot of the franchise.
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— Tomb Raider (@tombraider) December 7, 2017
As for the game, few details are known at this time, though leaks as far back as 2016 suggested the title would be called Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Since being rebooted in 2013, the storied gaming franchise has taken on new life with a more cinematic approach to action and survival. As a huge fan of Uncharted, I actually enjoy the Tomb Raider franchise more because of its grittier approach and penchant for the macabre.
Although today’s news is light on details, the nice thing about Square Enix’s announcement is that the game should be released shortly after it’s officially unveiled.
Hopefully, next year’s release doesn’t exclusively hit a single console before being available more widely. When Rise of the Tomb Raider hit in 2015, it was a timed exclusive for the Xbox One before hitting the PlayStation 4 the following year.