Tomb Raider reboot delayed into 2013, new screen

Monday, 14th May 2012 05:12 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Having been previously announced for a fall 2012 release at E3 last summer, Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider reboot has been pushed back to next year.

Tomb Raider is now expected to release in the first quarter of 2013, a delay of about six months.

Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher announced the delay in a statement published on the official Tomb Raider blog, citing the reboot’s bold new direction as one contributing factor.

“We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve,” he said.

“Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months.”

Gallagher noted that the development team had two goals; the first to “surprise and excite” gamers with a “modern” Tomb Raider game, and the second to “make this the best game of our careers, something we would be really proud to be a part of”.

“We truly believe that we have something very special on our hands and we can’t wait to share it with you.

“We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can’t wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks,” Gallagher added.

Tomb Raider has a lot to live up to when it makes its second E3 appearance in early June; the re-imagining of Lara Croft’s story won numerous game of the show awards after its 2011 reveal.

The second reboot for the venerable franchise had been expected on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in northern autumn.

Square Enix has asked fans to visit an official discussion thread for further updates, and released one new screenshot with a preview of the game’s E3 2012 showing:



  1. Ali Hayas

    Wow… My brother who is a fan kept saying that it will move to 2013 yesterday. I kept telling him that whenever it gets released, it will end up having 7.5-8.5 scores.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    Edo… I am looking for you :)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. back_up

    sad news
    was looking forward to it

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Malmer

    Yet an other game gets “extended development time and polish” due to a crowded october/november. But that’s good. Means better game and a more constant stream of games instead of everything at once.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. voxelman

    Prey 2, Bioshock: infinite, Ni No Kuni, Dragon’s Crown, Metro: Last Light

    what’s next on the 2013 train?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Lacobus

    ‘Northern Autumn’ is a great phrase.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Edo

    @2 Yeah..I was really looking forward to it but it’s ok,October-November look really crowded so this is actually expected.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    Called it.

    That said, it looks amazing from last E3, so if CD can make a better game in that time, I’m all for it. Wonder if the delay will have any bearing on the timing of the announcement of their new IP/Soul Reaver reboot.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Wychodzew

    If we get a even better game it’s ok.
    But please CD, don’t make it too linear and don’t rely on quick time events that much as we saw it in your last E3-Demo.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. StolenGlory


    Well, i’m not sure what other passengers are going to be on that train, but GTA V is sure as hell the conductor.

    On a side note, can we stop all this GTA V 2012 silliness now, the facts and precedents really aren’t in the favour of a 2012 release at all.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. The_Red

    Goddamit. First BioShock Infinite and then this. Tomb Raider reboot and BI were most promising of last years E3.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. absolutezero

    Alot of this just makes me feel that games are announced and dated far far too early in their lifespans.

    Its not like the indie style Alpha thing thats come into fashion recently, theres nothing for people to go on to keep them interested other than tiny little bits of news.

    On the other hand theres what Syndicate did which was announce itself at the end of last year and then come out within 3 months or there abouts. I liked that but im sure it had a negative effect on its sales (that and it being rubbish of course)

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Dark

    i know it , the game it is just too good to be released in 2012 :(

    #13 3 years ago
  14. ManuOtaku

    Now 2012 doesnt see to crowded anymore, well most of the time this is for the better, the better of my wallet of course 8D

    #14 3 years ago
  15. HeavyD-Love


    Last Guardian

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Da Man

    There was no Last Guardian announced for 2013.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. HeavyD-Love

    ^ It will be announced for 2013. His question was “what’s next on the 2013 train?”.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Da Man

    No it won’t be..

    #18 3 years ago
  19. HeavyD-Love

    ^I forgot……you are all knowing.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Da Man

    The irony..

    #20 3 years ago
  21. HeavyD-Love

    2013 is a much wiser guesstimate than 2014 my good man.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Da Man

    Then again, cancelled is even better.

    Early 2014? Late 2013? Late 2014? Taken to next gen like it happened with Ico? Taken to next gen but eventually canned?

    Might as well include FF Versus 13.

    What was it about again?

    #22 3 years ago
  23. HeavyD-Love

    I hear ya now my good man. Damn it. Now i’m worried.

    Tomb Raider should be stellar though.

    #23 3 years ago

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