Tomb Raider: Guardian of Light series won’t return, taking ‘new Lara’ forward is the focus for next-gen

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 11:21 GMT By Dave Cook

Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics is looking forward, not backwards when deciding what to do with Lara going in to the next generation. This means that the off-shoot series that began with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light won’t be making a comeback for one.

Speaking with OXM, creative director Noah Hughes said of the Guardian of Light off-shoot series, “Guardian was a great opportunity to explore things that we may not have done in the pillar franchise titles, but in that case it was co-op. There are no plans to do anything in that series but it was a great opportunity to do something a little bit outside of the core.”

Now that Lara’s character has been re-established in its reboot, Crystal Dynamics feels ready to approach her as a hardened adventurer moving forward, but Hughes couldn’t say much about what she’ll be up to next time, “Without knowing exactly what adventures she’s going on, our intent is to carry forward from here. Other than a brief detour into her origins, we kind of like the idea of taking her story forward from this point.”

Supernatural elements will be making a comeback however, as Hughes feels they are a key part of the series, “Anything we do we’ll run through that lens of really trying to … I mean, what’s important for me is that we don’t really chase reality per se, but chase grounding and credibility and try to create that version of the experience that you can see as someone being real.

“It’s about grounding things so that you believe in the world and the characters, but still celebrating some of the elements of Lara’s universe from the past and envisioning them in new ways.”

What do you make of the above? Would you have liked a follow-up to Guardian of Light? Should the series back down from supernatural element? Let us know below.

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