As you might have guessed from all of the promotional images, the latest Tomb Raider game prominently features a solar eclipse. That particular celestial event actually kicks off the first trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, with the moon covering the sun to cast the world below in shadow...Oooh. Now the name makes sense.
What follows are quick flashes of a Mayan sacrifice taking place, Croft herself running through the jungle, and some mercenary goons trying to track her down. The hunters soon become the prey, though, as Lara pops out of the bushes and starts taking fools down Rambo-style, using her trusty ice axe (no relation) and a knife as big as her forearm. A few moments of misdirection that would make Batman proud follow, as well as some insane spelunking that would also make Batman proud. Batman is likely a big fan of Lara at this point.
I won't give away the ending, but the rest of the trailer beats the stuffing out of Lara before ending her brief monologue with the question, "What will I become?" It's about as dark and gritty as the Tomb Raider games have ever been, which means it should fit in quite nicely with this new trilogy.
The promotional tagline for the trailer states that Lara is racing to stop a Maya apocalypse in the new game, a quest that will turn her into "the Tomb Raider she is destined to be." She already seems to have her higher calling and clearly has shaken off any reservations about killing dudes in need of killing, so it will be interesting to see what further growth Lara must go through in order to turn into a hero of legend.
Either way, this new trailer certainly sets a nice stage for the third and supposedly final chapter in Tomb Raider's origin arc. We doubt the character will disappear for too long, but this particular story has always been billed as a trilogy, so we'll just have to wait and see what, if anything, comes next. But there's no point in worrying about that right now when we have an entirely new game just waiting to be played this fall.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is set to launch on Sept. 14 across the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. In the meantime, let us know what you think about the big reveal trailer in the comments below. We still haven't seen any actual gameplay at this point, but E3 is fast approaching and we wouldn't be surprised to see Lara make another appearance during the June trade show.