Square Enix Announces “Rise of the Tomb Raider”

Update: Crystal Dynamics’ Head of Studios has announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will now be an Xbox exclusive (though perhaps only a timed exclusive). 

E3 2014 has gotten off to an exciting start for Tomb Raider fans everywhere! Square Enix announced today that Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to Tomb Raider 2013, will be out in late 2015 for all next-gen consoles (or possibly not) and that the story will delve into Lara’s inner turmoil and motivations as she tries to push herself beyond her human limits.

Lara Croft in Rise of the Tomb Raider
A hooded, withdrawn Lara Croft is seen in the “Rise of the Tomb Raider” E3 trailer

Unlike her last outing, Lara’s next adventure will take place in multiple locations around the world and, according to Square Enix, will put the “tombs back into Tomb Raider“. Grey’s Anatomy actress Camilla Luddington will reprise her role as Lara Croft while writer Rhianna Pratchett will be weaving her magic once more alongside fellow writers Noah Hughes, John Stafford, and Cameron Suey.

Therapist seen in the "Rise of the Tomb Raider" E3 trailer
The trailer suggests that Lara is seeking professional help to deal with the events of Tomb Raider 2013

There’s very little news on the game’s plot at this stage but the trailer aired at E3 reveals that Lara may be suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder. Her visible discomfort in her therapist’s office suggests that we will see another side to Lara as she confronts her inner demons and deals with the lasting psychological effects of her time on Yamatai and possibly anything else that may happen to her in the ongoing comic series.

But just in case you’re worried that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be little more than a psychological drama, fear not. There will be plenty of explosions, death-defying jumps, breathtaking caverns, and epic action sequences if the announcement trailer is anything to go by. And huge rampaging bears! Oh my!

Lara Croft as seen in Rise of the Tomb Raider
Lara Croft, a renowned Tomb Raider in the making.

You can read the official announcement here. And in case you missed it, they’ve also announced a sequel to the popular 2010 game, Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light. We live in exciting times, Raider fans!

So, Tomb Raider fans, are you excited about the next step of Lara’s journey to becoming the renowned Tomb Raider we’ve all come to love? What did you think of the announcement trailer? 


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8 Comments on “Square Enix Announces “Rise of the Tomb Raider””

    1. I agree. I didn’t enjoy the last game much for various reasons but this one certainly has potential. It’s unlikely future Tomb Raider games will ever be like the old ones as we’re dealing with a more human, possibly vulnerable, Lara and a more cinematic form of gameplay but as long as there’s a good story and lots of tombs and ruins to explore, I’m happy. 🙂

    1. Awww hun. *hugs* I can see that some of the themes of the game are going to strike a chord with some gamers, myself included. At least they’re addressing the fact that Lara is only human after all and that she isn’t just some killer robot (which was the impression I got while playing TR 2013).

      And yes, start saving up for a PS4. We’re also getting a new Uncharted game. ^_^

      1. It’s refreshing, and I like the fact that even though Lara just HAD to be strong in TR13, they’re addressing the real life issues.

        With regards a PS4, I never buy first model consoles… I’m presuming there’ll be a new model by xmas next year.

        Also, UNCHARTED. I saw a link to an article you did (I think). Must look.