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Crystal Dynamics, the developer of current-gen Tomb Raider games, has a new intellectual property on the way. Community manager Meagan Marie says that their next project will be unveiled soon.

"The New Year ushers in more than just fresh calendars and renewed resolutions. 2012 will prove to be a very exciting year for Crystal Dynamics, more so than any in recent memory,” said Marie in a blog post (via VG247. "Not only will our team be eating, sleeping, and breathing Tomb Raider, but we’ll also be hard at work preparing to reveal exciting new intellectual property to the world.”

Crystal Dynamics took over the reins of Tomb Raider from creators Core Design in 2006. Since then, they've released five games in the series. They haven't done anything outside of TR during that time, though. The last original IP they developed was Project Snowblind in 2005.

CD is also working on a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. It stars a young Lara Croft struggling to survive on a remote island in the Pacific. The game's expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2012 on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

It's nice to see a studio who's traditionally devoted to one franchise get the chance to branch out. I think in some cases they get pigeon-holed from success. For example, it's hard to imagine Infinity Ward being allowed to do anything other than Call of Duty. Hopefully CD makes the most of this opportunity.