Crystal Dynamics – reimagining Tomb Raider akin to redoing “James Bond or Batman”

Saturday, 14th July 2012 16:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Crystal Dynamics’ global brand director, Karl Stewart, has said the revamp of Tomb Raider is one of the most “challenging projects,” the studio has ever taken on.

Speaking with GI International, Stewart likened the next Tomb Raider game to redoing the Batman series or James Bond franchise.

“It is definitely one of the most important and also one of the most challenging projects we’ve ever taken on,” he said. “To take a franchise that has been around so long, that has such a big following… many gamers today will look back and remember fondly Tomb Raider as being one of the first games they played. The lore that they created, to try and reimagine that is the same as having to redo a James Bond or a Batman.

“When we first brought it up at the studio, [studio head] Darrell Gallagher had sort of the first idea as art director on Anniversary and Underworld that he really wanted to take Tomb Raider into a new place. It was a challenge because people really didn’t know where that would be. There was a lot of research to understand about the franchise more than we ever had because you can’t break it and put it back together without really knowing what you’ve got.

“It was a big challenge obviously as the franchise has been around for a long time; it had been very successful and sometimes you don’t want to rock the boat. I think we realized that it was a great challenge and there was a big reward at the end of it if we could make it right.”

Reinventing Tomb Raider, according to Stewart, has been more stressful than creating a new IP in a risk averse market.

“It has such as a history and has been around for so long with such an avid following… we see this title as our baby,” said Stewart. “Square Enix, when they purchased Eidos, saw this title as one of the major reasons why that acquisition happened. We have to make sure we deliver on the promise we made.

“I think the challenge that we had in the early stages, which is starting to come to fruition now, was that you can be really creative on a new IP, but I think when you are looking at a franchise that has been around as long as Tomb Raider has that a lot more is at stake right now.”

Tomb Raider launches on March 5 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.



  1. The_Red

    That’s a touch comparison. The new TR looks great but not everything can be a as great of a reboot as Casino Royale or Batman Begins.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Edo

    @1 I personally dislike the new Bond movies as they are way too serious for my taste,the old ones always had this slight self-parody thing going on and that’s what made them very special in my opinion.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Da Man

    The new James Bond is the worst thing that happened to the series since Timothy Dalton.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    I have enjoyed the new James Bond and like the rugged version over the Pierce Brosnan version. The new studio that bought 007 franchise thought so too because they got Daniel Craig to do the next one along with another James Bond title. Can’t wait for it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    ^^ oh I don’t know, really like ol potatoe face myself :-) Can’t stand the cheesy Roger Moore ones now mind, but loved them when I was younger.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ostercy

    They are reimaging the the Lara Croft character in the same way that the iceberg reimagined the Titanic.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Well you don’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs… Or in Lara’s case ribs :-)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. roadkill

    From what I’ve see they’re doing a good job. I can’t wait for this new Tomb Raider.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. The Last Nomad

    Lets hope its more like the Batman reboot and less like the James Bond one.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. The_Red

    I feel the exact opposite about new Bond. HATE the Moore ones with a passion and don’t care about the rest outside Goldfinger and one or two others.
    Casino Royale was the first GOOD movie that had Bond in it. They ruined most of it in Quantum but still.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Da Man

    Roger Moore was the second best Bond after SC.

    #11 2 years ago

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