“Rise of The Tomb Raider” Launch Campaign

By on February 11, 2015 | 1,331 comments

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Crystal Dynamics has officially started the campaign for “Rise of the TR” this month with Gameinformer, unveiling the March issue with a cover story for the next installment in the Tomb Raider franchise.

Late last year, Square Enix had announced “Rise of The TR” as an Xbox exclusive, being published by Microsoft come Holiday 2015. Still up for speculation that Rise could eventually come to other platforms sometime after it’s initial release on Xbox.

RELATED: Rise of The Tomb Raider – Reveal Coverage

Throughout the month of February, Crystal is exclusively releasing assets and details for Rise of The Tomb Raider via Gameinformer’s ROTTR Hub, where you can check there periodically for TR updates.

One of the points I made in my open letter to Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix regarding the exclusivity deal was my concern about releasing a next-gen Tomb Raider title on last-gen’s
hardware.

Developing a next-gen game for last-gen’s hardware is not “ambitious” in any way, period.
Especially if the game is set to drop on the cusp of 2016. — Open Letter

Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios, Darrell Gallagher addressed this concern announcing Nixxes Software as the studio who’s developing Rise of The TR for the Xbox 360 version.

We’re wholly focused on Rise being an Xbox One title without limitation, without even thinking of the Xbox 360 version,” Gallagher revealed to Game Informer in their latest March issue.

Nixxes put together a tech demo of Rise of the Raider content running on Xbox 360, and we were totally blown away by what they achieved.

Nixxes has been a long time partner of the studio since the Legacy of Kain games. Their first ever project was Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, and since having worked on every Tomb Raider installment alongside Crystal Dynamics, including their work on the Tomb Raider Trilogy.

The latest ROTTR Gameinformer coverage has me feeling a bit bitter-sweet. I’m excited because Lara’s next journey has been revealed, however my rose colored glasses aren’t that tinted, leaving me frustrated and conflicted.

To read Game informer’s full cover story in the latest March issue filled with exclusive screenshots of the next installment of Tomb Raider, click here to subscribe!

Where do you stand with the Xbox exclusivity deal? How do you feel about developers utilizing outdated hardware as an obligation to deliver diluted gaming experiences on last-gen tech?

Is the 360 and PS3 holding back next-gen titles from their fullest potential?
Let me know what you think about the new Rise coverage in the comments below!

Rise of The Tomb Raider – Reveal Coverage

By on June 25, 2014 | 1 comment

ROTTR-E3-Featured-ThumbnailSquare Enix has finally revealed the announcement trailer for the next installment in the newly rebooted Tomb Raider franchise!

Check out the reveal trailer, concept art and the E3 coverage that surrounded the buzz for Rise of The Tomb Raider below!

RELATED: Open Letter to Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix in Regard to Rise of The Tomb Raider

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – New Screenshots!

By on January 7, 2014 | 1 comment

TRDE-PS4-Box-ArtHappy New Years, Raiders!

Time is getting closer to the launch of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition! Kicking off 2014 with a next-gen Tomb Raider game, Crystal has finally released some new screenshots of the remastered title!

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We don’t have long to wait, pre-order now with select retailers to receive art book packaging featuring never before seen concept art!

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VGX Recap: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

By on December 30, 2013 | No comments yet

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Recently announced, Crystal Dynamics is bringing Tomb Raider to the next-gen consoles!

The Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition ships with all post-launch DLC, as well as a few bonus offerings that let you dive deeper into Tomb Raider’s development. Here’s what you can expect:

  • The fully rebuilt game for next-generation consoles
  • The Tomb of the Lost Adventurer
  • Eight DLC multiplayer maps
  • Six DLC multiplayer weapons
  • Four DLC multiplayer characters
  • Six alternate outfits for Lara
  • Dark Horse digital comic book “Tomb Raider: The Beginning”
  • Brady Games digital art book “Tomb Raider: The Art of Survival”
  • “The Final Hours of Tomb Raider” documentary series

Crystal Dynamics’ Community Manager, Meagan Marie has posted a Q&A, that’s listed below!

Who is developing Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition?

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was developed as a multi-studio collaboration between Crystal Dynamics and two trusted partner studios: United Front Games (Vancouver) whom we know from their Sleeping Dogs work with Square; and our long-time partners at Nixxes whom we’ve worked with since the Legacy of Kain days. Both UFG and Nixxes worked closely with our internal Crystal core team to rebuild Tomb Raider from the ground up for next-gen consoles.

Are the graphical improvements really that great? What other “next-gen” features are
you including?

Yes, we think the graphical improvements are pretty great. The team didn’t just up-rez the game. They pulled it apart and rebuilt it with new technology, finally allowing us to reach the vision for Tomb Raider that we always wanted.

Will PC users be getting an update that allows them to play with the next-gen Lara
model?

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was designed and rebuilt from the ground up for next generation consoles. At this time a PC update is not planned.

Can I get the art book packaging without purchasing the game? I’d like to buy it
separately.

The art book packaging is a pre-order exclusive, and will not be sold as a standalone retail offering.

How many FPS does Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition run at?

We are still optimizing the game for both platforms and will be doing so until we release to manufacturing so that we get the highest performance possible.

Is Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition just a port of the PC game?

No, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is not a port of the PC game. Definitive Edition was rebuilt from the ground up for next-gen consoles. The X360, PS3, and PC editions were where we started from; and then we added an improved lighting and shadow caster system, more detailed storytelling visuals, massive amounts of more particle effects, a fully simulated physics world, and the new next-gen Lara.

Some key Definitive Edition improvements include:

  •  An all-new Lara model created to take advantage of the power of next-gen consoles.
  •  Gear on Lara (necklace, climbing axe, radio, arrows) now have realistic physics.
  • Lara’s head has been retopologized and increased in resolution for a higher fidelity appearance. Her head was rebuilt from scratch with an estimated 5x density improvement on features for eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, etc. All of her textures are higher resolution as well. We’ve also smoothed over edges on elbows, shoulders, and legs to give more natural features.
  • Shaders and lighting have been reworked to showcase the raw physicality of Lara’s journey through sweat, mud, and blood materials and effects.
  •  The world has been dynamically brought to life using complex physical world simulation on trees, foliage, cloth. Additional enhancements have also been made to weather and lighting.
  •  All textures have been created at 4x resolution for maximum fidelity and detail.
  •  In-game characters, enemies, and destructibility have been enhanced for added realism.
  • Subsurface scattering technology has been implemented to capture the most physically accurate lighting simulation and deliver a great sense of believability on Lara.
  • Native 1080p gameplay gives outstanding visual fidelity and showcases the deadly beauty of Yamatai.


Why should I buy Definitive Edition if I already own Tomb Raider?

We call it “Definitive” for a reason! Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition showcases what next-generation consoles are capable of. You’ll notice all the improvements we made and feel even more immersed in Yamatai as a result.

If you’re an avid Tomb Raider fan or collector, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition includes new cover art and an exclusive pre-order art book packaging with never-before-seen concept art.

That said, we realize not everyone will need or want to purchase the game a second time. However if you have friends who haven’t played Tomb Raider and own next-gen consoles, be sure to let them know Definitive Edition is the version to get!

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition releases for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 28, 2014 in North America, and January 31st, 2014 in Europe.

Definitive Edition  will retail for $59.99 in North America. Check with your local retailer for price points across Europe!

Tomb Raider Next-Gen To Be Announced At VGX Awards?

By on November 21, 2013 | 1 comment

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Tomb Raider made a splash recently with rumors that hint at a Next-Gen reveal to be announced at the 2013 Video Game Awards in early December!

An Amazon Italy post suggested that Tomb Raider’s reboot will be ported to the next generation consoles. Some are speculating that it might be a “Game of The Year” edition, others say that a next-gen sequel will be announced as well, or both!

A Square Enix rep told IGN, “It’s so hard to keep a secret these days! We appreciate all of the enthusiasm, however we don’t have any details to share just yet. That said, we highly recommend you keep an eye on any major gaming events happening in early December.”

Electronic Theatre reports:

At last week’s Bradford Animation Festival (BAF), Brian Horton, Senior Art Director at Crystal Dynamics, gave a presentation discussing the history of Lara Croft and the development of this reboot.

Following the talk Horton was open to questions from the floor, and the inevitable suggestion of a sequel didn’t take too long to come around.

“We’ve announced the sequel… I’m glad I can finally talk about!” Stated Horton. “The Tomb Raider sequel is the next chapter of [Lara’s] development… her life is changing. She can’t go back to the way she was.”

Horton stated that the team at Crystal Dynamics had worked hard to create techniques and tools that would exist beyond a single videogame, notably stating the development of TressFX with AMD. Horton keenly stated that TressFX was still being worked on and that it was most certainly a ‘next-gen’ technology.

Junkie Monkeys reports, Square Enix has trademarked a game title — Lara Croft: Reflections in both the United States and Europe. The classification qualifies the trademark as, “Computer game software; computer games, consisting of computer software; video game software; video games, consisting of computer software.”

I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
Be sure to vote Tomb Raider as “Game of The Year” & Tune into the VGX award show
Saturday, December 7 at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT on SPIKE TV!