Road To E3 – New Rise of The TR Trailer

By on June 1, 2015 | 466 comments

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Happy Monday, everyone! This morning, Crystal Dynamics released a new trailer and the official box art for Rise of The Tomb Raider! Check out the awesome new video and poster!

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Keeley Hawes Interview — Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

By on March 19, 2015 | 512 comments

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Keeley Hawes opens up about reprising her role as classic Lara in Crystal Dynamics’ newest title release, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris! Available now for PS4, PC and Xbox One!

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

By on August 12, 2014 | 511 comments

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After hearing the appalling news that Rise of The Tomb Raider will be shipping exclusively to the Xbox One, we as fans are extremely outraged.

We all saw how chummy Crystal was with Microsoft during the reboot’s initial campaign. But to this extent, to go as far as making “ROTTR” an Xbox exclusive is over the top, ridiculous and will inevitably devastate the franchise. Timed exclusive or not, how can Square and Crystal be so blatantly disrespectful to the fans and slap us in the face like this? As if people weren’t already wary of Square Enix after the first game’s release. We all saw what people were saying about Square Enix in the comments on IGN on every Tomb Raider article. This just gave people more room to criticize the publisher, and rightfully so this time.

When Definitive Edition dropped, we all know that the release was demo’d and hyped on the Playstation 4, because the Xbox One is clearly inferior to the PS4. Definitive Edition was dumbed down in optimization just to perform adequately on the Xbox One.

This is not what we want. This is such a bold and an uncalled-for move for Square Enix to do this to the ones who support the game the most.

We’re talking about a company who plasters Xbox One ads on Chef Boyardee cans, McDonalds products, numerous TV and online commercial spots, and who bought out IGN during E3.

I’m sure Sony shrugged off Crystal Dynamics during the reboot’s campaign last year, but that doesn’t mean go running to the other competitor. Now that Crystal Dynamics has the money from Microsoft, the quality of the franchise is now irrelevant. The original team worked so hard for years to build and establish a solid foundation for the reboot, and to just have it ripped down for the sequel makes zero sense.

Your friends at Microsoft have seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have always believed in Crystal’s vision for the franchise because their exclusive lineup is pitiful and if they can pay you off, they will.

Attempting to sugar coat the situation by saying Crystal isn’t walking away from the fans on other platforms and telling them to play Temple of Osiris or Definitive edition instead is so condescending. That’s like Don Mattrick saying stick with the Xbox 360 if you don’t have access to the online features of the Xbox One.

It’s been said that “Rise of the TR” will also be coming to the Xbox 360, alongside it’s release to the Xbox One. I don’t know who’s running the show, but you guys have managed to completely ruin the sequel. Crystal did a perfect job with the reboot the first time around, so what happened? I don’t think any of us in the community ever excepted the next game to be as big of a train wreck that you guys have made it out to be. Developing a next-gen game for last-gen’s hardware is not “ambitious” in way, period. Especially if the game is set to drop on the cusp of 2016.

Crystal has been trying to establish an exclusive deal with Microsoft since Tomb Raider: Underworld. And now that you guys have it, you guys are excited to flaunt it as if it’s a good thing when that’s really not something to be proud of. You guys have been persistent in doing this to us since 2008, and it’s become ridiculous at this point.

If Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have binding contractual obligations to Microsoft for Rise of The Tomb Raider from here on out, I will boycott Rise of The Tomb Raider, and will urge my fellow friends in community to do the same.

As long time fans of a 20 year old franchise, we will not stand for this.

For the sake of the franchise, get it together.

Dre Anthony.

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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!

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – New Screenshots!

By on January 7, 2014 | 1 comment

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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 | 2 comments

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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!