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‘Tomb Raider’ Celebrates its 23rd Anniversary

Can you believe it’s been 23 years since Lara Croft made her debut in a little game called Tomb Raider? Over two decades later, this iconic heroine shows no real signs of slowing down and continues to entertain and inspire gamers, artists, writers, and cosplayers across the world. She may only play for sport but what a legacy she is leaving behind! Many fans have noticed that the official Tomb Raider social media accounts didn’t acknowledge the game’s anniversary this year and ... [Continue Reading]

October 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Arte-Factual: Mexican Sugar Skulls

The Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is a multi-day festival in which Mexican families honour and remember their dead, celebrating their lives, building colourful altars for them, and welcoming their spirits back to Earth for an all-too-brief but deeply cherished reunion with their loved ones.  Preparations normally begin in October and culminate in two days of commemoration and celebration: November 1st, when the souls of deceased infants and children returned to the land of the living, ... [Continue Reading]

October 24, 2019 // 3 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition’ Announced

Square Enix has announced that a definitive edition of Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be released on November 5, 2019, and will contain all available content to date (e.g. outfits and challenge tombs) as well as some brand new content and gameplay features. Those who already own a copy of the Croft Edition and season pass will be able to upgrade to the Definitive Edition for free while those who own the standard edition will have the option to purchase the Definitive Edition Extra Context ... [Continue Reading]

October 16, 2019 // 2 Comments

Tomb Raider Horizons is Taking Part in Extra Life 2019

Extra Life 2019 is fast approaching and I will be joining the rest of the Team Tomb Raider Community this November in their goal to raise much-needed funding for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Long-time readers and social media followers may have seen me tweet about Extra Life before or may have tuned in to watch one of my charity live-streams. But if you’ve never heard of Extra Life and would like to learn more about it and why you should support our ... [Continue Reading]

August 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Christophe Croft’s ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ Tonner Doll Collection

Mattel may have released a Lara Croft Barbie doll to celebrate the release of the 2018 film but Tomb Raider fans have been collecting and creating custom clothing for their Tonner Doll Lara Croft dolls long before Alicia Vikander stepped into the intrepid adventurer’s boots. One of these devoted fans is Christophe Croft, who has kindly shared photos of his Shadow of the Tomb Raider doll collection with Tomb Raider Horizons. I asked Christophe about his growing collection of Tonner Dolls ... [Continue Reading]

July 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

Review: Official ‘Tomb Raider’ Colouring Book

Life has been a little hectic in recent months, so earlier this month, I decided to treat myself to a copy of the official Tomb Raider colouring book as a way to channel my creativity and let off some steam. The book, published by Dark Horse Comics, was released back in February 2019 and is jam-packed with stunning artwork. Is it a worthy addition to a Tomb Raider fan’s collection? Let’s dive in. The artwork chosen for this colouring book is exquisite and each piece is accompanied ... [Continue Reading]

May 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Taste Raider: Ch’arki and Chuños (Part 2)

Whenever we think of culture or cultural identity, we may be tempted to think of arts and crafts, mythology, literature, clothing, rituals. But food and culinary traditions are also forms of cultural expression and can give us a deeper insight into that culture’s history, development, and values. In this edition of Tomb Raider Horizon’s food-centric feature, Taste Raider, we will take a closer look at the chuño, the freeze-dried potato product that pre-dates the Inca Empire and ... [Continue Reading]

May 22, 2019 // 3 Comments

Tomb Raider Christmas Gift Guide 2018

The holiday season is almost upon us once more and that means it’s time to raid your wallets and search for the ideal gift for the Tomb Raider fan in your life. From novels to action figures, from artbooks to cute little stocking fillers, you’ll find something here to suit any taste or budget. Here are Tomb Raider Horizons’ gift recommendations for Christmas 2018! Games Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) – The final installment in the reboot trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb ... [Continue Reading]

November 25, 2018 // 2 Comments

Arte-Factual: Jade Burial Mask (Shadow of the Tomb Raider)

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the ever-intrepid Lara Croft finds herself doing a spot of treasure-hunting while in Paititi, a hidden city deep in the Peruvian jungles and home to an isolated society which has its roots in Inca, Maya, and even Aztec cultural traditions and beliefs. A jade burial mask is among the many ancient artefacts she unearths during her quest to save the world from a Maya apocalypse. What isn’t immediately clear from the game is whether this particular burial mask ... [Continue Reading]

November 16, 2018 // 4 Comments

Eidos-Montreal Discuss ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ DLC Adventures – Video Archive

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be getting seven months’ worth of post-launch content starting from November 2018 and below you will find an archive of “New Adventures” episodes, in which the developers at Eidos-Montréal discuss the new challenge tombs and gameplay features that Tomb Raider fans can look forward to over the next few months. Season-pass holders will be able to download the new content on a monthly basis. Those without a season pass will have the option to ... [Continue Reading]

November 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Extra Life 2018 – Goals, Updates, and Prize Raffles

Extra Life 2018 is just around the corner and for the fourth year, I will be joining the rest of the Tomb Raider Community Team to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America this November. Long-time readers and social media followers will probably have seen me write about this annual charity event or may have tuned in to watch my live-streams. If you’ve never heard of Extra Life and want to learn more about it and why you should support our ... [Continue Reading]

October 29, 2018 // 2 Comments

‘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 // 1 Comment

‘Tomb Raider’ Colouring Book Coming in February 2019

Swap your game controller for a pack of coloured pencils and get ready to unleash your inner artist because Dark Horse Comics is publishing a Tomb Raider colouring book in February! The book, which has been created in conjunction with Square Enix, will celebrate some of Lara Croft’s greatest adventures and will feature 45 highly-detailed, black-and-white images. Fans of the Tomb Raider comics will be happy to hear that veteran comic artists Randy Green and Phillip Sevy are among those who ... [Continue Reading]

September 25, 2018 // 1 Comment

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

10 Steps to a More Positive ‘Tomb Raider’ Fandom

There’s been a lot of talk about “toxicity” in fandom in recent years. Social media and other online platforms have brought fans closer together, allowing them to share their love for Tomb Raider with other like-minded individuals across the world or chat with their favourite game developers and writers. But, now and again, things go awry. One poorly-phrased comment from a game developer, an incendiary remark about someone’s cosplay photos, or a heated discussion about ... [Continue Reading]

June 7, 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

Mayanist of the Month – May 2018 – Tatiana Proskouriakoff

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft will be putting her knowledge of Maya mythology and archaeology to the test as she races against time to save the world from impending doom. To celebrate the game’s upcoming release, I will be paying tribute to some of the greatest female Mayanists in a new monthly series of articles, simply titled “Mayanist of the Month”. The study of Mesoamerica’s Maya civilisation has attracted scholars from a variety of social and academic ... [Continue Reading]

May 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ – Cosplayers Guide

Ever since the “End of the Beginning” trailer made its public debut on April 27, cosplayers around the world have been begging for reference pictures of Lara Croft’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider outfit. And with E3 and Gamescom just around the corner, co-developer Crystal Dynamics decided to lend cosplayers a helping hand by publishing a comprehensive guide to Lara’s brand new outfit and equipment. Crystal Dynamics published a whole series of gear guides for Rise of the ... [Continue Reading]

May 3, 2018 // 0 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