In a world where the PS3 and Xbox 360 have brought us some amazing graphical displays, there have been several HD remakes or revamps over recent years. Franchises brought back from the depths of the previous generation (or earlier) have been revitalised in glorious HD (such as Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell and Ico & Shadow of the Colossus). Now it seems the exact same thing is to happen with the Xbox One and PS4.
Yes the recently rebooted Tomb Raider is rumoured to be making its way to next gen, or I guess – as of next Friday – current gen. News broke when IGN spotted that Amazon Italy had displayed Tomb Raider Definitive Edition (which includes all DLC) was available to pre-order on PS4. Once again, and similarly to the next gen Crash Bandicoot leak, Amazon has since removed this page. However, a Square Enix representative did reply to the news:
It’s so hard to keep a secret these days…..We appreciate all of the enthusiasm, however we don’t have any details to share just yet. That said, we highly recommend you keep an eye on any major gaming events happening in early December.
I guess we’ll have to watch VGX on the 7th of December then?
Whether this will be a direct port or an upscale of some kind is yet to be seen. Tomb Raider itself looked gorgeous on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. So whether the capabilities of the Xbox One and Ps4 can make this game look any better is unknown (but the early signs are very positive). Also, it will ultimately boil down to whether Square Enix can be bothered to invest any real time and money on upgrading the already rebooted Tomb Raider. Chances are this is just a quick cash in and an attempt to appeal to a wider audience that perhaps missed the multi-million selling franchise the first time around.
Square Enix recently confirmed there will be a sequel to Tomb Raider on next gen consoles although no release date has been confirmed.