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New Tomb Raider Game Will Combine Originals with Reboot Trilogy

Shortly after the announcement of a Tomb Raider cartoon series by Netflix, the makers of Crystal Dynamics also reached out to fans to reveal a few details about the future of the new Tomb Raider game series.

Yesterday evening, VoD provider Netflix surprised with the announcement of a Tomb Raider anime series, the story of which will start after the events of the Reboot trilogy. Shortly afterward, the developers of Crystal Dynamics also shared a five and a half minute video on the franchise’s official Twitter account giving fans a sneak peek at what they have planned for this year’s 25th anniversary of the action-adventure series.

First, the new Community Manager of Crystal Dynamics, Neha Nair, announced that the developers want to look back on the history of the brand together with the fans. Various campaigns are planned for 2021, such as “fan Art and Cosplay highlights, interviews, live streams, and a few special extras,” which she cannot go into at the moment. Every month there should be a game in turn. It starts with the very first Tomb Raider from 1996. These events will start in the first week of February 2021.

In addition, those responsible also want to give the fans a preview of what they can expect from the series in the future. Will Kerslake, Game Director responsible for the Tomb Raider franchise at Crystal Dynamics, commented on this. As he explains, the team in charge has “great ambitions for the future of Tomb Raider.” The creators envision the future of the series in such a way that it unfolds “after [the rebooted trilogy], telling stories that build upon both the breadth of Core Design and Crystal Dynamics’ games, looking to unify these timelines.”

At the same time, however, Kerslake continues to ask all fans to be patient as they go through and advance this development process. He and his colleagues are aware that “not an easy task” is ahead of them. That is why he continues to say that there are “no plans for a big game announcement in the near future.”

Accordingly, Tomb Raider fans will have to wait until Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix officially announce the new Tomb Raider game around Lara Croft. In 2018 the last big game in the series appeared in the form of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which is available for PlayStation 4, among others.