Tomb Raider reboot to be survival horror?

Written by Joe Martin

July 13, 2009 | 11:39

Tags: #lara-croft #livingstone #reboot #tomb-raider

Companies: #eidos #square-enix

Rumours are currently suggesting that a new Tomb Raider game is in the works at Eidos, which is now owned by Square Enix, and that it may entirely reboot the Tomb Raider franchise and take the series in a new survival-horror direction.

The rumours come from site 4PlayerCoop, who reportedly got a bunch of details on the game, as well as some (since removed by request of Tomb Raider dev Crystal Dynamics) concept art from an insider at Eidos. While the concept art was up it showed a somewhat grubbier, more athletic and less voluptuous take on Lara Croft - who this time rode horseback and carried a bow and arrow, rather than firing machine guns from a motorbike.

The Eidos mole apparently also dished out some details on the story for the game, which is apparently a total reboot of the series after the conclusion of the last trilogy of games. The game will apparently focus on Lara getting stranded on an abandoned Japanese island after a storm wrecks her research vessel and will see Lara at a far younger age than we may have done before.

Typically, the game will feature a lot of exploration and tombs according to the leaked information, but it also seems to be putting a much larger emphasis on the horror element too - the eerily abandoned houses of the island and the vast, mysterious wilderness Lara finds herself in evoke images of a Silent Hill inspired game.

One thing's for sure judging by the concept art - the enemies will be gross, rotting zombies. That's always fun.

If the rumours are true (and Eidos has so far not offered any comment) then this will be the first Tomb Raider game since Eidos was bought up by Japanese RPG-maker, Square Enix. It's unclear whether the new owners are behind the new possible new direction for the series, though Eidos' Ian Livingstone has been hinting that a series reboot is coming for a while now.

Were you a fan of the last few Tomb Raider games, or was Tomb Raider: Underworld a disappointing finale to the story started in Tomb Raider: Legend in your eyes? Either way, let us know your thoughts in the forums and don't forget to check out our interview with Lara Croft herself.
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