Do you miss Lara? It’s been two years since Miss Croft’s last outing, and the gaming community is eagerly awaiting the next – a full franchise reboot coming from developer Crystal Dynamics. Bad news: it’s not going to happen this year. The game’s been pushed into 2013, but why the delay? Read on for the full scoop.
Crystal Dynamics has been working on the rebooted Tomb Raider for around four years now. “Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider,” said studio head Darrell Gallagher in 2010. “This is an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character defining journey like no other.”
The game sees a young, unexperienced Lara shipwrecked and hunted, having to develop her keen skills to survive. The game was supposed to launch at the tail end of this year, but has now been pushed into early 2013.
Gallagher has said in a statement that his team’s priority is “to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this,” he continues, “we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months, from Fall 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
“We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve.”
He ends with “I guarantee it will be worth the wait,” and a reveal that more of the gameplay will be shown off at E3 2012 in June. All we have so far are pre-rendered teasers like the one below. Are you disappointed that you won’t get to play with Lara this side of 2013? Let us know below.