If you were hoping for a worldwide release of Lara Croft: Reflections, your hopes have officially been dashed. After months of speculation about the game’s fate, RenRen Games announced today that the game’s servers will be shut down on 5th August 2014.
It’s perhaps not surprising that Lara Croft: Reflections failed to live up to peoples’ expectations. Although it was soft-launched last December, few fans knew of its existence due to a lack of promotion or official announcements by Square Enix and it was only available for download on iTunes Australia and New Zealand, thus shutting out the much larger North American and European markets. A worldwide release had originally been planned for mid-2014 but it now looks like most Tomb Raider fans will never get the chance to add this collectable card battle game to their collection.
The game itself was considered underwhelming and caused some fans’ iPods to crash or freeze upon completing the first level. Despite its drawbacks, the game did feature some beautiful art and it gave fans another brief glimpse of Crystal Dynamics’ pre-reboot Lara. If you didn’t get the chance to play Lara Croft: Reflections but are curious to see what the game was like, you can find a gameplay trailer on TouchGameplay’s Youtube channel.
It’s sad that this minor Tomb Raider-themed project has been shut down but let’s see what next week’s E3 will bring us. Will Square Enix make any announcements about the planned sequel to Tomb Raider 2013? Can we expect any other Lara Croft spin-off games, such as a follow-up to 2010’s Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light? All will be revealed in just a few days’ time!
UPDATE: E3 has come and gone and if you were mourning the loss of Lara Croft: Reflections, you can console yourself with the fact that there are two new Tomb Raider games on the way: Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to the best-selling Tomb Raider 2013, and a sequel to the popular co-op game, Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light.
So, did any of you play Lara Croft: Reflections? What did you think of the game? Are you sad to see it go?