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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light announced, digi download this year [Update]

Thursday, 4th March 2010 10:55 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Update: Square’s refused to be drawn on the reasoning for dropping “Tomb Raider” from the game’s title, saying only, “The press release is the only information we’re giving out at the moment.”

Original: Square just announced the next Lara game, dubbed Guardian of Light. Note the lack of the words “Tomb Raider” in the press release.

The title is going to be a download, according to the press release, and will release later this year.

No platforms have been given on the game, by developer Crystal Dynamics has promised the IPs latest adventure will be “different”.

“This is a really exciting project for Crystal Dynamics, we have created something completely new and very different to what people might be expecting,” said Darrell Gallagher, Crystal Dynamics boss.

“Lara Croft is such an iconic character in videogames, with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light we have created what we believe is a truly original digital experience.”

It’s to be shown behind closed doors at GDC next week.

The game’s official site is now up.

Full announcement below.

CRYSTAL DYNAMICS ANNOUNCES NEW LARA CROFT™ ADVENTURE
LARA CROFT AND THE GUARDIAN OF LIGHT™

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 4, 2010 – Crystal Dynamics™, a part of Square Enix Europe, today announced Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light™, a new game developed by Crystal Dynamics, which will be released via digital download in 2010.

“This is a really exciting project for Crystal Dynamics, we have created something completely new and very different to what people might be expecting,” said Darrell Gallagher, General Manager of Crystal Dynamics. “Lara Croft is such an iconic character in videogames, with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light we have created what we believe is a truly original digital experience.”

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be shown strictly “behind closed doors” at this year’s Game Developers Conference beginning on March 9th. Please contact Rob Fleischer at Sandbox Strategies (rob@sandboxstrat.com) for more information.

Crystal Dynamics is an award-winning studio located in San Francisco. Founded in 1992, the studio has created and developed key game franchises such as: Legacy of Kain™, Pandemonium™, Gex™ and most recently the Tomb Raider™ series.

For more information visit www.laracroftandtheguardianoflight.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook – @Crystaldynamics – Facebook.com/LaraCroft

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  1. Thalius

    Screw Lara Croft… Bring back Legacy of Kain series

    #1 4 years ago
  2. mington

    http://www.laracroftandtheguardianoflight.com/

    they’ve dropped ‘tomb raider’, i suppose she hasn’t been raiding tombs for a long while

    #2 4 years ago
  3. The Hindle

    Lara Croft and the attempt to claw back some dignity? Seriously they should just let the franchise go.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Aimless

    Hmm, interesting that it doesn’t have ‘Tomb Raider’ in the title, as mington says.

    Any idea of what platform(s) this is for, Pat? I’d assume it’s for the HD gang, but it could just as well be an iPhone game.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. mington

    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/27230/Interview_Crystal_Dynamics_Studio_Head_Talks_Change_Evolution.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GamasutraNews+%28Gamasutra+News%29&utm_content=Twitter

    an interview with gamasutra a couple of days ago

    #5 4 years ago
  6. mington

    i just really hope that woman with the wings isn’t in it

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Bulk Slash

    I hope it’s better than Underworld. I thought Legend and Anniversary were excellent, but Underworld was just a bunch of samey caves and caverns. The only good level was the one they used for the demo.

    Seems strange for this to be download only. Maybe it’s a bit far from the mould and Square want to test the waters… or Square has no confidence in it so they’re dumping it on XBLAh and PSN.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. itsucks

    Underworld > Unshiterd.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. mington

    digital download? maybe they are going episodic, the website looks like a book cover…books have chapters

    ep1. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
    ep2. Lare Croft and the Warrior of Darkness
    ep3. Lare Croft and the Grunt of an overcast sunday afternoon

    #9 4 years ago
  10. mington

    diving in the sea in underworld was really impressive, they should’ve kept that for the last level as the rest of the game was forgettable

    oh wait its coming back to me…horrible motorbike bit…level ripped off from Hell boy with swinging hammers n shit

    #10 4 years ago
  11. dirigiblebill

    Take out combat entirely. Go on, CD, have the balls.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    I think losing the guns (particularly to remove Lara’s over-reliance on them) would make for a meaningful statement of what Crystal Dynamic’s intentions are.
    I don’t know whether the entirety of the combat element needs pulling out, really.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. mington

    taken from the gamasutra interview

    “When asked what platforms the team is focused on or whether they’ve begun to develop games for the motion control input devices Sony and Microsoft will launch later this year, “I can’t speak to what we are or aren’t doing for specific platforms,” Gallagher replies. But whatever they do work on is specific to an individual platform, he maintains.

    “It’s important that we look at tailoring and targeting a specific platform in a unique way rather than just taking the approach of porting across a multitude of different platform,” he says. “It’s about looking at what we want to create with our franchises moving forward, and really specifically targeting the experience around the hardware rather than have one that runs across five different platforms.”

    just the one platform then! maybe it’ll be a download for natal

    #13 4 years ago
  14. dirigiblebill

    Combat’s never been more than a distraction in Tomb Raider, IMO. I’m sure they could improve it, but not without pushing Lara into the arms of Nathan Drake, so to speak. I’d prefer there to be more emphasis on the acrobatics and emergent storytelling.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. SplatteredHouse

    Agreed. That would be a better focus of the team’s energies that are working on this.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. unacomn

    If it’s PC only digital, it may be good. If it’s an XBLA title, I’m not that confident about it.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll be very surprised if it isn’t PC, 360 and PS3.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. daytripper

    i have a feeling this is exclusive to PS3. Dont know why, just a gut feeling

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Just had a note from Square on the “Tomb Raider” thing. They’re not saying. Updated.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Hunam

    What does a note like that look like?

    Dear Pat,

    re: lack of Tomb Raider moniker on announcement:

    Yours Sincerely,
    Square.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. daytripper

    “Dear Pat

    “The press release is the only information we’re giving out at the moment as she’s gone the pub for her lunch. We’ll get back to you
    sometime er…soon”

    Regards

    Mr.P.Nis

    Head of typing stuff and things

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DaMan

    is this going to be several episodes, released separately?

    and dirigiblebill, couldn’t have said it better =)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Blerk

    Hmm… curious. On many different levels. Why no “Tomb Raider”? Why DD-only? I’m surmising this is actually going to bear little resemblance to the previous games, hence the name-change.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DaMan

    maybe this is a download title because it’s kind of a prologue to next TR.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Freek

    Weren’t there a ton of rumours about a reboot a while back? Maybe this is it.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. mington

    there was leaked concept art of lara with a bow and arrow and on a horse? i might have made the horse one up, to much beastiality porn

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DaMan

    http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=165484

    it’s a spinoff Lara title, it’s not TR9.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. The Hindle

    Daman UC is better bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah :)

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DaMan

    Eidos/CD are probably testing the waters with this one, while working on the next main game..

    #29 4 years ago
  30. The Hindle

    Sounds about right, id rather they reboot Legacy of Kain though but dont turn into anything that resembles Twlight

    /shudders

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Gekidami

    There are screenshots about for this now:
    http://www.jeuxvideo.com/news/2010/00041133-lara-croft-and-the-guardian-of-light-en-cooperatif.htm
    Looks very… Shooty… Also it has coop.

    #31 4 years ago