At Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference they unveiled, on behalf of Square Enix, the latest instalment to the recently rebooted Tomb Raider franchise, the rather poorly named Rise of the Tomb Raider. Batman fans can sit and mock if they wish. However, that aside the new trailer appears to be offering something that was certainly lacking from the first Tomb Raider game. A more human approach.
Tomb Raider was fast becoming one of those franchises that was heavily relying on it’s name. Gone were the days when Tomb Raider was on everybody’s wish list. Slick, inventive and bold. These words were no longer associated with this classic series. That is until the reboot. The game was brighter, frantic and engaging. A mixture of relatively linear play with exploration appealed to everyone’s better gaming nature, but narratively the game lacked. The story just about held up but the supporting cast of characters left the game feeling unfinished, like the writers just decided to cut it all short. Don’t get me wrong they were serviceable but you didn’t particularly care for any of them.
Judging by the new trailer this is the first thing Rise of the Tomb Raider wishes to address. The tone is much darker and there is a real sense Lara Croft will undergo a real journey, not just literally, but emotionally. The first reboot may have forced Lara to grow up quickly but Rise of the Tomb Raider intends to see how she copes with this emotional burden as Lara is clearly scared by the events of the first game.
The new adventure will see Lara travel across the globe and in the unveiling this announcement was read; “In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider is due sometime in 2015. Stay tuned with Twinstickgaming for more on this story.