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Square Enix has confirmed that a new Tomb Raider game is on the way, following months of speculation and plenty of rumors about the possibility of a new game being in development. The company confirmed the news via a message in a tweet, confirming that Lara Croft will return in a new game with a big event in 2018.
The tweet was posted on December 7th on the official Tomb Raider Twitter account, where Square revealed that 2018 would be the year that Lara Croft makes her return to the interactive entertainment media in a big way, stating...
Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won't be very long between the official reveal and when you can play.
The tweet explains that Square wished that it could share with gamers all the details right now, but decided to take a new approach to how the announcement will work. For now, gamers will have to suffice with knowing that a new Tomb Raider is coming.
However, there is good news insofar that, according to Square, the wait won't be long and gamers will be able to play it soon after the announcement. I'm guessing maybe that means that we can expect an official announcement at around E3 and maybe a launch during the fall for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC?
If that happens to be the case, then this would be the first major Tomb Raider game to have a simultaneous multiplatform release since the 2013 reboot that came out four years ago.
The reboot only actually came out just three years after Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, which was a throwback co-op game featuring the classic Lara Croft before she turned more serious and gritty.
Before Lara Croft and the Guardians of Light, the last major outing in the franchise was Tomb Raider: Underworld, which came out way back in 2008 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The game was actually quite the visual marvel at the time, but the sales didn't measure up to some of the earlier entries in the series nor the rebooted games. That's not to mention that the story had become quite convoluted at that point and was quite fantastical, even more-so than what was featured in the last two main entries.
Speaking of the last entry... we had Rise of the Tomb Raider as the most recent canonical outing for Lara Croft, which came out in late 2015 for the Xbox One. The game had a scattered release, arriving on PC months after its Xbox debut, and then a year after coming out on Microsoft's system, Square released the game on the PS4.
The two newest AAA reboots have sold millions of copies and even had Hollywood come knocking at the door to reboot the movie series that was originally made popular by Angelina Jolie way back in the early 2000s.
The newest film will be due out in the summer of 2018. I doubt Square will launch the game alongside the movie, but it wouldn't be the most surprising thing to happen. Rumors persist that the next game will be called Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but we'll have to wait to find out if that will be the official name.