Road to Release: Tomb Raider
Posted on Friday, March 1 @ 16:34:43 PST by Anthony Severino
Tomb Raider was announced in December of 2010 by GameInformer magazine ahead of their January 2011 issue #213 cover feature. The game, the reboot of the franchise and Lara Croft, and the teams developing the game were fully revealed via the ten-page write-up, and instantly had fans of the series on the edge of their seats waiting for more information.
Fans got another taste of Tomb Raider only days before the annual E3 expo in Los Angeles began in the form of a cinematic trailer.
It wasn't just the trailer that impressed. Tomb Raider earned a place in GameRevolution's Best of E3 Awards. Our Tomb Raider E3 preview said that the game "looked simply gorgeous, and so did Lara" and that you could clearly see "the appearance of fear and pain written all over her face." During E3 2011, publisher Square Enix announced that the game would be released during Fall 2012.
That release date wasn't in the cards, though, as come May 2012, Square Enix delayed the game into 2013. Despite the somber news, Tomb Raider went into E3 2012 with head high, ready to show new content and bring back the buzz for the game. GR said that Tomb Raider "had nothing to do with the Lara Croft I thought I knew" allowing gamers the unique opportunity to transform Lara "from a weak, naïve little girl into a real raider." Again, it took home GameRevolution's Best of E3 award for the second year in a row—the only game to ever do so.
At the same time, Square Enix took advantage of all eyes being on Tomb Raider and revealed the final set release date of March 5th, 2013.
The trailer released to promote the game around E3 featured an assumed "rape scene" that sparked much controversy at the time. However, Crystal Dynamics kept the scene, reiterating that its inclusion was vital to Lara's development as a character. Bryan Horton, Senior Art Designer for Tomb Raider had this to say about the decision: "We believe every decision we have made so far in the game is justified by the story we are trying to tell, so no changes have been made." You can view the trailer below.
Tomb Raider was also listed as one of GameRevolution's Most Anticipated Games of 2013 earlier this year. Our review is forthcoming.
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