Some judicious forumites over on the NeoGAF have uploaded scans from the latest issue of Games Informer, giving us a good idea of what exactly the recently announced Tomb Raider reboot has in store for the long running franchise.
You’ll find information about the reboot and scans from the magazine after the cut.
This new Tomb Raider will be a prequel to the original game, staring a younger, 21 year old Lara Croft who ends up stranded on an island after a shipwreck maroons her there. Lara will need to “endure both physical and emotional trauma to survive” this new setting.
This new game looks to have stolen a few tricks from the survival horror genre, without actually fully jumping into the genre. Lara be trust into an environment where survival is far more important than exploration, and this younger, less experienced Lara will find these new environments far more taxing to navigate.
“I think that the major difference between this game and the old is the concept of smoke and mirrors,” explained Crystal Dynamics boss, Darrell Gallagher. “There was an illusion of freedom because of streaming and loading that would pop you out in a different location, but this is absolutely real. You can literally go any direction that you see and carve your own way to the finish line instead of being guide.”
“It was important in the game to not only deliver the character arc of Lara Croft emotionally, but to deliver it in gameplay as well so the player gets to grow into a hardened survivor,” director Noah Hughes added.
Personally, I’m quite fond of the approach they’re planning to take with this reboot. If anything, it’s nice to see Lara’s image being consistently pushed farther as a proper, real identity, instead of the cipherous “sex symbol” Eidos embarrassingly tried to pawn her off as in the 90′s, which never sat well with me.