Only yesterday Jim and I were asking for more information about Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light, and pa-dah! A new trailer has appeared. And crikey, it isn't like the Tomb Raiders we've played before. Although we already knew it was an isometric action platformer, it's hard to believe it until you see it running, which you can below.
Take a look:
It's Diablo with jumping! And no loot. Okay, it's not a lot like Diablo. But watching that, it's a lot like Diablo.
The idea of co-op sounds very splendid, although I imagine will mostly end in fights over who gets to be Lara. They should bring back the Doppelgänger once more. Although then it will be fights over who gets to be the far cooler red-haired version.
What stands out as odd in the trailer is the sheer volume of combat. Tomb Raider has always been a fantastic platform game let down by tedious combat. In fact, developers Crystal Dynamics pretty much got rid of all of it in their most recent regular TR game, Underworld, focusing instead on excellent acrobatics. Isometric platforming will be interesting, and from the density of combat here, perhaps taking more of a back seat. We shall see.
It will be available across console and PC, but download only. The PC version's coming this Summer, via Steam.