Next Tomb Raider will star young Lara Croft, due 2011
Very early and bloody gorgeous concept art for the next entry in the long-running Tomb Raider series has been unveiled by Game Informer, splashed across the cover of their January issue, which goes on sale December 11th.
Tentatively and enigmatically titled Tomb Raider and tipped for release Christmas 2011, Crystal Dynamics have officially revealed the next game is not only a complete series reboot – the first since Tomb Raider: Legend back in 2006 – but also a prequel starring a young Lady Lara and examining the buxom, gun-toting adventurer’s origins.
And no, for once, that isn’t a euphemism you filthy buggers.
“Lara Croft reborn”… The image shows a battered Lara washed up on an island as her boat sinks.
This won’t be the first time the events of Lara’s younger years have been perused. 1999′s The Last Revelation starred a 16-year-old Lady Croft as she searched for the fabled Iris within Angkor Wat, an ancient temple in the heart of Cambodia, with her mentor Werner Von Croy. The same teenage Lara returned for a larger role in follow-up Tomb Raider Chronicles, on a spooky Irish island.
Taking Ms Croft back to her roots will add some much-needed depth to one of gaming’s most recognisable characters. Details on the next game are sketchy at best, but what we do know is that Tomb Raider is going to be the story of a frightened young woman fighting to survive in the wild, far cry from the charmingly cocky, confident, fearless Lara we’d perhaps begun to take for granted.
Tomb Raider is currently due for a Christmas 2011 release, on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.