Shipwrecked: Tomb Raider Details Appearing

By John Walker on December 7th, 2010 at 9:54 am.

At a certain point it seems strange that she's still called Lara.

The first few scraps of information about the new Tomb Raider, officially revealed yesterday, are beginning to appear. NeoGAF have been plundering the unreleased Game Informer article by their own nefarious methods, and we learn a few interesting morsels. Like, for instance, Lara is to be 21 in the new game. Keys to the tomb. And deaths are to be brutal. Erk. It’s sounding like this is going to be part Tomb Raider, part Survivor, and I’m very intrigued. More bits and pieces below.

I think the area in which most queries are going to lie is combat. The previous Tomb Raider series, either in the hands of CORE or Crystal Dynamics, never managed to get it right. Mostly by including it at all. However, it looks like it will still be a part of things here, albeit with some hefty changes. Auto-locking is gone, and while there’s little information about weapons, the concept art shows simple arms: a bow, a shotgun, and a pistol. So it seems there will be combat, in a game series that’s previously only ever been encumbered by it. But then, this is a hefty reboot. CD says that players will be able to run in any direction, creating their own paths to the level’s goals. The “smoke and mirrors” creating the illusion that this was the case previously are gone.

There’s also a greater emphasis on the story, or at least more care going into it. CD’s Noah Hughes apparently tells Game Informer,

“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.”

This survivor theme sounds like it could be a large part of things. In what sounds a little like a Metroid Prime approach, Lara will gain abilities as she progresses, so some areas of the island on which she’s stranded will be inaccessible to her early on. As her athletic skills improve, or she finds the right tools, she’ll be able to explore further. And even more than that, Lara will need to find food and water if she’s to survive. Base camps will provide temporary homes, and also allow for fast-travel.

And she’s going to get hurt. Clearly one of the most defining aspects of Tomb Raiders past is the frequency with which our heroine dies. It seems she’ll still be shedding mortal coil after coil, with the NeoGAF post explaining one death sees her stabbed in the chest by a deranged man, who then creepily closes her eyes once she’s gone.

Scans are beginning to appear, and I’ll let you go find those for yourselves. Or if you’re a real life American, you could buy a copy of Game Informer.

So far, this is sounding a smart reboot.

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  1. Scuzzeh says:

    “As her athletic skills improve, or she finds the right tools, she’ll be able to explode further.”

    Awesome!

  2. _Jackalope_ says:

    She explodes?! What kind of upgrade is that?

    Really looking forward to this. Exploring and clambering over evertyhing are the more enjoyable aspects of the games so free-roaming environments are a big plus. Any improvement on the combat is welcome too.

  3. Tien Hock Loh says:

    Explode further… WOW… Gotta see how she explodes!!!

  4. noxxit says:

    So I am no native speaker, but I think you mean, that she is going to explore further instead of explode further.

    I don’t dislike the combat in Guardian of Light. At least as long as I have a mouse in my hand.

  5. K says:

    I am still voting for just calling this something else, as it IS something else entirely.

    Also, younger Lara? Why not cast Megan Fox and make it a cover shooter (which is what I fully expect), or else it might not be mainstream enough.

  6. John Walker says:

    Oh, poo on the lot of you,

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Well, I laughed out loud. So at least you’re the most funny, inadvertantly.

      They can never take that from you, John Walker. Never forget!

  7. Taillefer says:

    It looks as though they weren’t happy with the nose, then repeatedly tried to correct it, but kept making it worse and gave up.

    • Eclipse says:

      what’s wrong with it? new Lara looks much more beautiful and natural than the previous blow up doll imo

    • Mike Blackney says:

      You just described all videogame development. So yeah, I think they probably did.

    • Taillefer says:

      Does it not stand out to you? It’s all I can see, it draws my gaze like a beacon. Maybe it’s just me. Hmm.

  8. pimorte says:

    Clearly John was talking about when you enter the invincibility cheat wrong.

  9. Moni says:

    I like the sound of the Metroid-style exploration. It just always seemed like the right fit for Tomb Raider, but I don’t think they ever did it.

  10. Aubrey says:

    If it was just her, trapped on a single fully realized island, just trying to survive for a week on her wits, minecraft style… I would play that.

    • hardcandyrock says:

      Someone actually said “minecraft style”.

      I actually have not purchased and played the Guardian Light BUT I just might now. Hell, I am still kind of playing UnderWorld! And this one, Shipwrecked, well it looks pretty amazing – I like the change. Something tells me that I will enjoy this one…

  11. qeloqoo says:

    “At the age of nine she survived a plane crash in the Himalayas that took the life of her mother. In perhaps the first story of her prodigious indomitability, she somehow survived a solo ten-day trek across the Himalayan mountains, one of the most hostile environments on the planet. The story goes that when she arrived in Katmandu she went to the nearest bar and made a polite telephone call to her father asking if it would be convenient for him to come and pick her up.”

    Why they couldn’t stay canonical with Lara… Why some shipwreck at age of 21? :(

    • DarkNoghri says:

      Because it’s a reboot, and not the old origin story?

    • qeloqoo says:

      “Why they couldn’t stay canonical with Lara…” = “Why the hell rebooting and screwing with what we know and love about Lara”.

    • roryok says:

      Yeah! Good point! And Batman Begins was shit, where were the outrageously colourful costumed supervillains that we loved? The codpieces? The ridiculous gadgets? the silly one liners? QUIT MESSING WITH THE FORMULA!

    • Jake says:

      Also a game where you control a nine year old on a ten day trek over some mountains would just be rubbish.

    • qeloqoo says:

      Is that your professional opinion, Jake? How many games where you have to survive as a kid in hostile environment did you play?

    • elyscape says:

      @qeloqoo
      Survival Kids was FUCKING HARD.

    • Urael says:

      Yeah, have to say, Jake, that’s a failure of imagination right there. Not all stories featuring children are as bad as The Phantom Menace.

  12. Auspex says:

    This does sound like something I might enjoy but I really liked CD’s Tomb Raider games so I kinda wish they had just kept making them /and/ made this as a new IP.

    I AM GREEDY!

  13. rettich says:

    “Lara will need to find food and water if she’s to survive”

    Hope this isn’t going to be like the Dead Rising 2 Zombrex crap.

  14. Ziv says:

    I have never played any of the other lara croft games, where should I begin?

    • mandrill says:

      at the beginning of course.

    • Urael says:

      In the modern era I would go with TR: Anniversary. A modern remake of Lara’s very first adventure. Then do Legend and underword, as they tell a story while you adventure. Anniversary also introduces you to one of the characters in that story.

      Earlier iterations should only be visited if you get to the end of those and decide you want more. For completists/retro fans only nowadays.

    • The Colonel says:

      Although TR2 is definitely still the best of the lot and probably always will be

  15. DarkNoghri says:

    “with the NeoGAF post explaining one death sees her stabbed in the chest by a deranged man, who then creepily closes her eyes once she’s gone.”

    Am I the only one that first thought of unskippable 5-10 second cutscenes after each death, where you eventually start screaming at the monitor just to let you load and play some more already?

    This is one my memories of Batman, I think. Yes.

    • roryok says:

      I yes, I think I know the feeling you’re on about – mashing the escape key with the bloodsoaked stumps where your fingers used to be, wailing at the screen and eventually taking the disc out of the drive and biting a hole in it.

      we’ve all been there.

    • SirKicksalot says:

      I thought of Undying.

  16. Scilantius says:

    Wow, this actually sounds good,… fingers crossed!

  17. People says:

    people will masturbate over the death sequences. IT will be vulgar 3d pornography.

  18. Vivi says:

    Combining the Metroidvania approach of one of their franchises with the survivor aspects and main character of their other might just be the most awesome thing they could have done.

    • Renzatic says:

      Yup. That’s what I’m thinking.

      From the screenshots I googled up, it has a very Lost vibe to it. So if you take that, mix it with Tomb Raider, combine it with CD’s old Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver’s open world, and throw in some Robinson’s Requiem (but alot more forgiving), then you’ll have what it sounds like they’re trying to go for with the new Tomb Raider.

      If it ends up even half as good as it potentially sounds, then I’ll get in line first thing for it.

      Also CD needs to do more with Guardian of Light. >:(

  19. asdf says:

    I’ve played a bunch of these and NEVER connected with the story, but the Lara Croft character was entertaining enough. The smallish changes made to TR for the last three big games (not GoL) were good, and I think the timing is perfect for a significant reinvention.

  20. MartinNr5 says:

    Looking forward to this more and more!

  21. Simon Dufour says:

    I open to a completely new experience.

    I simply hope they make it interesting. Show us some footage please.

  22. Urthman says:

    There’s also a greater emphasis on the story, or at least more care going into it….In what sounds a little like a Metroid Prime approach…

    Let’s just hope they don’t take the Metroid Other M approach with their “greater emphasis on story.”

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Yeah, christ that was awful. Mostly because it was so horribly terribly sexist, but then again, what did we all expect? It was coming from Team Ninja. Of course it was going to be sexist.

  23. joe says:

    Well, that is all very interesting, but what I really want to know is what happens to her breasts.

  24. Tenorek says:

    I always felt like a “hardened survivor” while playing the other games already…

  25. rayne117 says:

    Rule 34 on 21 year old Laura please.

  26. sfury says:

    Wow, that might be the first Tomb Raider I’ll actually finish!

    True, not so much details for now, but the direction CD have taken suits me great.

  27. InfiniteMonkey says:

    I am very deeply excited about this, except for one thing. The info that NeoGAF liberated also mentions that this is going to be rated ‘Mature’. Not so sure I like that idea. It all depends on what they do to get that rating. I have no problem with a bit of gore as necessary, but I think that far too many games go much too far in order to be seen as ‘grown up’ or something, despite throwing in more blood being pretty much exactly the opposite.

    I trust CD to get this right, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do, I just hope they don’t go too far towards dark and wind up with another Prince of Persia : Two Towers or whatever it was.

    Reboot the brand = Good. Lose what made Tomb Raider great in the process = Bad.

    That is all

    • Wowza says:

      I’m pretty sure the rating’s because they’re bringing back the grisly death sequences from the original games.

    • InfiniteMonkey says:

      Reading as much as I can find, that certainly sounds like the case

    • DrGonzo says:

      Well, Kane and Lynch 2 got an 18 rating and had next to no blood or gore at all. Though a lot of swears.

  28. OJSlaughter says:

    As long as she remains being played by an British Actress with a sexy Posh English Accent: then I don’t care. I’ve never enjoyed these games anyways!