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‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ DLC Pack 1: The Forge

During his interview with Inside Xbox in September 2018, Crystal Dynamics’ Senior Brand Director Rich Briggs talked about Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s monthly DLC packs, which will kick off with the first DLC adventure, titled “The Forge”. “We want to make sure that we continue to tell stories in Lara’s world. And so we have seven different DLC packs – one will drop every single month – and each one of them will give Lara a new skill, a new weapon, ... [Continue Reading]

October 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

A New Adventure on the Horizon

A couple of months ago, I made the decision to stop updating The Archaeology of Tomb Raider due to fandom fatigue, a hectic work schedule, and a general lack of enthusiasm for blogging. I’m a firm believer in taking breaks from fandom when it gets too overwhelming and I found this latest break not only reignited my passion for writing about Tomb Raider, it also allowed me to go into Shadow of the Tomb Raider relatively fresh. As you’ve probably noticed by now, the site’s had a ... [Continue Reading]

September 15, 2018 // 2 Comments

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider – The End of an Adventure?

If you’ve been a long-time reader, you’ll probably know that I’ve taken several breaks from running The Archaeology of Tomb Raider in recent years, mostly due to personal and/or health reasons. These breaks gave me time to reassess my priorities and would often reignite my love for Tomb Raider and its fan community. It was always a pleasure to reconnect and catch up with long-time Twitter friends and dive back into discussing the games, Lara Croft, and archaeology. But, ... [Continue Reading]

July 28, 2018 // 1 Comment

Meet the Team Behind ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’

The countdown to E3 2018 has officially begun and we are now just mere weeks away from getting our first proper look at gameplay from the highly-anticipated sequel, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. And thanks to co-developers Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal, fans can count down the days by watching a new video series that will take them behind the scenes and introduce them to some of the talented developers, artists, and writers working on Lara Croft’s latest adventure. From May 21, fans ... [Continue Reading]

May 22, 2018 // 3 Comments

Lara Croft Will Return to Peru in ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’

During the Tribeca Film Festival’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider panel, Senior Brand Director Rich Briggs talked about Lara Croft’s character arc, explained why the creative team had decided to put her in a jungle environment, and casually mentioned that she would be travelling to Peru in her latest adventure. Fans who have been following the news coming out of Tribeca or reading reviews of the extended demo will already know that part of the game will be set in Mexico, most notably on ... [Continue Reading]

April 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – Events Calendar

Wondering when we will get our first glimpse of Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay? Curious to know what games conventions and festivals will be hosting events in honour of the upcoming game? Desperate to know when the first batch of season pass DLC will go live? Square Enix, Eidos Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics have published an events calendar on the official Tomb Raider site to give fans an idea of what they can expect over the next twelve months. April 2018 The reveal of Shadow of Tomb ... [Continue Reading]

April 28, 2018 // 5 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – Which Edition Should You Buy?

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be available on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One as from September 14 but you may be wondering, “Which edition should I buy?” and “Should I pre-order the game?”. Knowing which edition to splash your hard-earned cash on can be a challenge, especially when there are several different editions to choose from, so here’s a handy guide to help you decide. Which Edition Should I Buy? There are currently four editions available for pre-order: ... [Continue Reading]

April 28, 2018 // 2 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – Concept Art and Screenshots (April 2018)

Shortly after the release of the “End of the Beginning” reveal trailer on April 27, Square Enix, Eidos Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics released a number of brand new screenshots and concept art for Lara Croft’s upcoming adventure, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Here is an overview of the official screenshots and concept art released in April 2018. Screenshots Lara Croft takes in the sights and sounds of Mexico in her latest video game outing, exploring Maya ruins, gate-crashing ... [Continue Reading]

April 28, 2018 // 4 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – ‘End of the Beginning’ Trailer

On April 27, Square Enix, Eidos Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics gave Tomb Raider fans their first proper look at Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third (and final) part of Lara Croft’s rebooted origin story. The new CGI trailer, aptly named  “End of the Beginning”, gave fans a glimpse of what’s to come in Lara’s latest adventure: crumbling Maya ruins, mist-filled tropical jungles, deadly traps, treacherous terrains, ritual human sacrifices, an impending apocalypse, ... [Continue Reading]

April 28, 2018 // 7 Comments

Square Enix Releases First ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ Promo Artwork

The long-awaited follow-up to Rise of the Tomb Raider will finally be hitting PS4, Xbox One, and PC this September and Square Enix has kicked off the countdown to the game’s full reveal, which is scheduled for April 27. On March 19, the official Tomb Raider site got the ball rolling by launching a weekly series of puzzles, dubbed “Path of the Stars”, and then on March 30, the company treated fans to a sneak peek at Lara Croft in Shadow of the Tomb Raider by releasing the first ... [Continue Reading]

April 3, 2018 // 3 Comments

Official ‘Tomb Raider’ Site Launches Maya-Themed Puzzle

Want the chance to win some cool prizes and unlock clues about Lara Croft’s next adventure? Then head on over to the official Tomb Raider site and see if you can use your wits and powers of observation to solve its new Maya-themed, multi-level puzzle, ‘Path of the Stars’. The first level went live on Monday 19 March 2018 and posed a simple challenge: to click and drag three rings of Maya glyphs in order to align three matching glyphs. If you’re having trouble solving the ... [Continue Reading]

March 20, 2018 // 3 Comments

Lara Croft Will Cast Her ‘Shadow’ This September

It’s been 84 years since we’ve had any real news about a new Tomb Raider game but the long wait is finally over! Square Enix has announced that the next (and final) chapter of Lara Croft’s origin story, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, will be out this September and, as promised, the countdown to its release has begun with “a major event in 2018”, namely the global release of the Tomb Raider film. Over the next few months, fans can expect a steady stream of screenshots, ... [Continue Reading]

March 15, 2018 // 4 Comments

‘Tomb Raider’ Legend Gets the Barbie Doll Treatment

Looking for a new Lara Croft figure to add to your Tomb Raider shrine? Well, you’re in luck as Mattel have given the legendary tomb raider the Barbie doll treatment and you’ll be able to get yours as from February 19! Based on Alicia Vikander’s interpretation of the iconic heroine, this fully-articulated doll dons a similar outfit to that worn by Vikander and comes with a range of accessories inspired by the film: a map of Yamatai, a journal marked with the initials R.C. ... [Continue Reading]

February 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Funko Unveils Reboot Lara Croft Pop! Figure at Toy Fair 2018

The Toy Fair is in town – New York City to be precise – and pop culture giant Funko took the opportunity to announce that Reboot Lara Croft has gotten her very own Funko Pop! vinyl figure. Equipped with her bow, red climbing axe, radio, and pistol and sporting her trademark green pendant, this new Lara Croft Pop! figure pays homage to the 2013 reboot game and the upcoming 2018 film starring Alicia Vikander. Unlike her Classic Lara counterpart, this Lara is looking a little worse for ... [Continue Reading]

February 16, 2018 // 2 Comments

Titan Books to Publish ‘Tomb Raider’ Film Companion Book

Make some space in your home library because an 176-page companion book to Tomb Raider (2018) will be hitting shelves on March 20! Written by Sharon Gosling and titled Tomb Raider: The Art and Making of the Film, this hardback companion book will be published by Titan Books and will be packed with concept art, behind-the-scenes photos, insights into the stunts, and commentary from actress Alicia Vikander, director Roar Uthaug, and other cast and crew from the upcoming film. Titan Books has been ... [Continue Reading]

January 29, 2018 // 2 Comments

Warner Bros Launches ‘Tomb Raider Tuesdays’

What better way to count down to the release of the new Tomb Raider film than with a weekly dose of brand new content? Warner Bros teamed up with actress Alicia Vikander to announce #TombRaiderTuesdays, a weekly social media event that invites fans to join them on an epic adventure packed with film trivia, puzzles, and prizes. Transcript: “Hi, I’m Alicia Vikander. Happy New Year. Between now and the release of Tomb Raider, join in for #TombRaiderTuesdays to get to know Lara Croft. ... [Continue Reading]

January 10, 2018 // 1 Comment

Six Things We Learned From Total Film’s ‘Tomb Raider’ Exclusive Preview

British film magazine Total Film recently published a seven-page exclusive feature on the upcoming Tomb Raider film, which includes a slew of new stills, behind-the-scenes photos, and on-set interviews with director Roar Uthaug and stars Alicia Vikander (Lara Croft), Dominic West (Lord Richard Croft), and Walton Goggins (Mathias Vogel). Lara Croft will be making her triumphant return to the big screen after a fifteen-year absence and fans are eager to know what they can expect from this March ... [Continue Reading]

January 6, 2018 // 2 Comments

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Wins “Soul of Vitruvius” Award

Rise of the Tomb Raider may have been released over two years ago but the best-selling game is still winning awards for its gameplay and graphics. The 2015 game recently earned another accolade, Steam’s “Soul of Vitruvius” Award, for its beautifully rendered protagonist. In late 2017, the Valve Corporation called on Steam users to vote for games in any (or all) of its thirteen quirky award categories over a two-week period. Forget the usual generic “Best Game” ... [Continue Reading]

January 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Square Enix to Announce New ‘Tomb Raider’ Game in 2018

Tomb Raider fans can breathe easy: Square Enix have confirmed that a new Tomb Raider game is in development and added that the upcoming game will be announced in 2018. Mere hours before the 2017 Game Awards, the company posted a short announcement across its official social media accounts, reassuring fans that “some big news” will be coming their way in the not-too-distant future. “Square Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year. Honestly, we wish we could ... [Continue Reading]

December 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

No New ‘Tomb Raider’ Content at E3 2017?

Tomb Raider fans expecting to see a preview of Lara Croft’s next adventure at E3 2017 may be in for a disappointment. According to Crystal Dynamics Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie, this “will be a quiet E3 for Lara, but we’re looking forward to catching up on her new adventure later this year”. It’s unclear if this means there’ll be absolutely no new content on show at E3 (perhaps we’ll get a title and/or release date), but all I can say ... [Continue Reading]

April 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

‘Tomb Raider’ Fan Recreates Croft Manor in LEGO Worlds

There may not be a LEGO game set in the Tomb Raider universe (yet) but I’m sure many of us would sell our souls for a LEGO Tomb Raider game after seeing this fan-made recreation of Croft Manor. Die-hard Tomb Raider fan and LEGO aficionado Ross Kearney created a spectacular mash-up of Croft Manor in LEGO Worlds, a feat that took him over 80 hours to complete. From the obstacle course and garden maze first seen in Tomb Raider 2 to the treasure vault (and T-rex head) seen in Tomb Raider ... [Continue Reading]

April 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

First Official Pics of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, Official Synopsis Released

Tomb Raider fans may have got their very first glimpse of Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft back in early February when the Daily Mail Online published a number of photos from the South Africa-based set but it wasn’t until earlier this week that we got the first official publicity shots and synopsis for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot film. MGM and Warner Bros teamed up with Vanity Fair, Vogue, Self, and GQ for some exclusive coverage of the 2018 film, which included interviews with ... [Continue Reading]

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

First Set Photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

Tomb Raider fans have been anxiously waiting for their first look at Alicia Vikander from the set of the upcoming reboot film and, thanks to the Daily Mail Online, they need not wait any longer! The British news site published a number of exclusive photos that show the Swedish actress in action, dangling from wires, holding on to the wing of an airplane that’s seen better days, and sporting an outfit that looks very similar to the one Lara Croft wore in the 2013 game (complete with ... [Continue Reading]

February 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

The 2016 Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards

In late 2016, Crystal Dynamics launched the very first annual Official Tomb Raider Fansite Program Awards as a way of showcasing the creativity and noteworthy achievements of this diverse (and highly talented) fan community. Two winners were chosen for each category – one voted for by the community of fansite administrators and the other chosen by Crystal Dynamics staff themselves – and the award categories included “Best Live Event”, “Best Photo or Art ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 3 Comments

Who’s Who in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ Film

The Tomb Raider film franchise has hit the reboot button and will finally be bouncing back to the big screen next year, almost fifteen years after the release of the slightly underwhelming (but still enjoyable) Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Directed by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (Escape, The Wave) and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, the film will be out on March 16, 2018 and will see Lara Croft embark on an expedition to find her long-lost (and presumed dead) father. ... [Continue Reading]

January 12, 2017 // 7 Comments