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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Noah Hughes on the Mythology of Rise of the Tomb Raider

In episode 28 of Crystal Dynamics’ studio podcast, Tomb Raider Franchise Director Noah Hughes took the opportunity to talk a little about the mythology behind Rise of the Tomb Raider and Lara’s search for the legendary lost city of Kitezh. Here’s a short summary of the key points raised in the podcast: Why Kitezh? – The dev team wanted to choose a myth that hadn’t been explored much in movies or other media and they “liked the idea of a remote Siberian ... [Continue Reading]

March 24, 2015 // 11 Comments

Review: Tomb Raider #13

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Tomb Raider comic. The last one I wrote was for Tomb Raider #8 back in October and that story arc concluded in January. I only have my own laziness to blame, I’m afraid. Since so many months have passed and most people who are interested in the comics have probably read issues 9 to 12 by now, I thought I’d skip a few issues and pick up from issue 13, “The Watchers”, which marked the beginning of Rhianna Pratchett’s first ... [Continue Reading]

March 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Book of Secrets: What the Mystery Book in Tomb Raider’s Final Scene Spells for the Future of the Series

Ever since eagle-eyed gamers spotted the word “Croatoan” written in the book seen in Tomb Raider 2013’s closing scene, there has been a lot of speculation as to what this may mean for the future of the Tomb Raider series. Were the development team hinting at the story-line or location for the next game, perhaps a mission to find the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Were there any other clues to Lara’s next adventure scribbled across the pages visible in the closing scene? ... [Continue Reading]

March 4, 2015 // 9 Comments

The February 2015 Tomb Raider Developer Q&A Session

The official Tomb Raider forums have hosted monthly Q&A sessions with the Tomb Raider development team over the past couple of years and this month’s session has shed some light on Crystal Dynamics’ decision to set their upcoming game (or at least part of it) in Siberia as well as highlighted Lara’s capabilities as an explorer, academic…and linguist. Here’s an excerpt from the February 2015 Q&A session with Creative Director Noah Hughes: Q: The legend of ... [Continue Reading]

February 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Beginner’s Guide to “Rise of the Tomb Raider” Cosplay

Game Informer’s recently-published Rise of the Tomb Raider Gear Guide has undoubtedly put a smile on the faces of countless Tomb Raider cosplayers and presented them with the challenge of finding (or crafting) Lara’s new outfit and gear in time for the next convention or fan meet-up. UPDATE: If you’d like to create your own Rise of the Tomb Raider costume, visit LaraCroftCosplay.Com for cosplay tips and tutorials! The guide was created in collaboration with Crystal ... [Continue Reading]

February 23, 2015 // 9 Comments

Lara Croft & the Quest for Eternal Life

In Game Informer’s latest online feature, Raiders of the Lost City – Lara’s Search for Immortality, we learnt that Lara will be searching for the lost city of Kitezh in her upcoming adventure and that her experiences on Yamatai the previous year have sparked off an almost unhealthy obsession with immortality myths. But what triggered this obsession in Lara? And why did Crystal Dynamics choose to set their latest game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, in Siberia? Here’s an ... [Continue Reading]

February 11, 2015 // 12 Comments

Will the Next Tomb Raider “Rise” to My Expectations?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past week, you will no doubt have heard that Rise of the Tomb Raider is Game Informer’s latest cover story and that the game will see Ms Croft journey to Siberia (and possibly other locations) in search of a lost city and the secrets of immortality. The concept art and officially-released screenshots all look promising and the game’s creative director, Noah Hughes, is clearly passionate about his work on this much-awaited sequel. ... [Continue Reading]

February 8, 2015 // 15 Comments

Game Informer: Five Ways Rise Of The Tomb Raider Is Improving Upon The Reboot (Plus Screenshots)

As part of their month-long online coverage of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Game Informer have published a video in which Creative Director Noah Hughes talks about some of the game’s new gameplay and combat features. Click on the image below to watch this exclusive video interview! Short on time? Here’s a summary of some of the new gameplay features we can expect to see in Rise of the Tomb Raider: Lara will once again be able to swim underwater (hooray!) as well as climb trees or hide ... [Continue Reading]

February 5, 2015 // 16 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider, Game Informer’s Cover Story for March 2015

Remember last month when I compiled a list of the precious few details we knew about the upcoming Tomb Raider sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider? And how we all took to social media to decry the lack of screenshots and plot details? Well, it looks like that’s all about to change as Game Informer have just announced that the Rise of the Tomb Raider will be their cover story for March 2015! Game Informer subscribers will be treated to a 12-page feature on Crystal Dynamics’ ... [Continue Reading]

February 4, 2015 // 21 Comments

What We Know About the Rise of the Tomb Raider So Far…

UPDATE: Stop the presses! This is all about to change now that Game Informer have announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be their cover story for March 2015! Click here for all the latest Rise of the Tomb Raider developments! Despite being one of the key announcements at last year’s E3, there has been precious little news about Rise of the Tomb Raider, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot. Seven months have past since the announcement trailer was released ... [Continue Reading]

January 24, 2015 // 15 Comments

15 Things to Look Forward to in 2015

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, 2014 was a fairly epic year for Tomb Raider fans and I have no doubt that 2015 will try its best to top the successes of the past year. As a fan community, what should we get excited about and what can we expect to see in 2015? Well, here are 15 things we Tomb Raider fans can look forward to next year: 1) The Rise of the Tomb Raider – This one’s a no-brainer. The highly anticipated sequel to 2013’s reboot will be coming to the Xbox One ... [Continue Reading]

December 31, 2014 // 6 Comments

The Rise of the Console Exclusive Raider?

Pretty much anyone who has been following this week’s gaming industry news already knows about the “Great Tomb Raider PR Blunder of 2014”. When Crystal Dynamics’ Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher posted his special announcement on the official Tomb Raider Blog on Tuesday, there was a great disturbance in the TR fan community, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in anger and yelled “Oh, hell no!” And understandably so. Tomb Raider has been a ... [Continue Reading]

August 16, 2014 // 18 Comments

“Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals” Novel Coming This Autum

This novel is now available to purchase on Amazon and Amazon UK. BradyGames have announced that a brand new Tomb Raider novel will be coming our way later this year. Written by the bestselling author and comic book writer Dan Abnett and his partner Nik Vincent, Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals will continue and build upon the events of Tomb Raider 2013 and, like the ongoing comic series, will become canon within Crystal Dynamics’ reboot timeline. Little is known about the ... [Continue Reading]

June 27, 2014 // 13 Comments

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 ... [Continue Reading]

June 9, 2014 // 25 Comments

Tomb Raider Sequel Has Been Confirmed

Good news, Tomb Raider fans! There *will* be a sequel to this year’s Tomb Raider game. A sequel had been hinted at when Dark Horse Comics announced a new Tomb Raider comic series was in the works but Phil Rogers, CEO for Square Enix Europe, put all the rumours to rest on his blog earlier today. “Square Enix is in production with a number of next generation projects, including Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which were announced at this year’s E3, and Thief coming in ... [Continue Reading]

August 1, 2013 // 10 Comments