Tomb Raider sequel continues Lara’s development, is “well-financed,” says dev

Thursday, 21st November 2013 11:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Tomb Raider’s sequel appears to be out of the bag this week, and now, Crystal Dynamics’ senior art director Brian Horton, has acknowledged the project during a lecture, and even confirmed that it’s well financed.

It follows the European trademark for Tomb Raider: Reflections. It suggests that this is the title in question. Publisher Square has also confirmed some sort of reveal for early December, suggesting an appearance at the Spike TV VGX awards.

Horton appeared at the UK’s Bradford Animation Festival and accepted questions from the crowd afterwards. Addressing questions regarding the Tomb Raider sequel, he replied, “We’ve announced the sequel… I’m glad I can finally talk about!. The Tomb Raider sequel is the next chapter of [Lara’s] development… her life is changing. She can’t go back to the way she was.”

When asked about the game’s budget – following Square Enix labelling the game a failure earlier this year – Horton replied, “We don’t talk about our budgets… it’s a well financed game. We’re not spending any more on a sequel than on the original game.”

What do you make of the above?

Via CVG.



  1. Lv01

    loved the current-gen Tomb Raider.
    dont have the disposables to buy a remade ‘Definitive Edition’ for next-gen, so this is the news i wanted.
    a next-gen SEQUEL!
    hoping the reveal in early Dec has some mention of the sequel in it, rather than just focusing on this definitive edition.

    all-in-all, im excited.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    Awesome, this was my suprise ‘hit’ of the year.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Luciferous

    All good news. They had already said a lot of the funds from the first game went in to developing their toolset, with that in place we can expect massive things from the sequel.

    I hope that Lara is scarred physically and mentally from the island, and that we get to see her grow in confidence… Also, dual pistols… Even though i loved the more realistic combat of the reboot.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. _LarZen_

    If they port the new Tomb Raider to the PS4/XBO I will buy it again even tho I have played it. Because it is THAT good, and I will enjoy it one more time…gotta get those achievments/trophies!

    And if there is coming a sequel….*throws money at monitor*

    Day 1

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Fin

    Sweet, can’t wait!

    Hope it’s more like the first reboot (Legend/Anniversary/Underworld), rather than the newer reboot.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Takeshi

    @5 Oh you. Suuuure they are going to do that.

    Lots of improvements to make for the new sequel. I’m hoping they have considered some of the feedback they got. If so then the sequel is going to be amazing.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Jet Black

    Focus on single player, forget the multiplayer…

    #7 1 year ago
  8. salarta


    The accurate phrase would be “complete rewrite into a completely different character.”

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    And thank fuck for that.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. bradk825

    @7 Yes, I agree. The gameplay and storytelling were fantasic, and I’d hate to see it suffer any so they can tag on a multiplayer no one will play.

    @4 Yeah, I can’t throw enough money at the monitor right now. Luckily it bounces off so I can keep throwing the same money.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Gheritt White

    @8: Actually the term you’re looking for is “reboot”, in Marvel comics ‘Ultimates’ sort of way.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. bradk825

    @11 exactly. Side-note, if I was Ultimates Spider-Man I’d fucking kill myself. His life is shit.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. salarta

    @12: Two notes on that issue. First and most important is that the Ultimates line doesn’t seek to completely throw away the existence continuity. The second note is that it doesn’t seek to radically reinterpret every single character at the time of reintroduction. Any changes made to characters in the Ultimates lineup have the safeguard of merely being an alternate universe while the REAL universe still remains completely intact.

    A safer comparison might have been the DC Comics reboot, but even then, it’s different. The most important characters are largely the same when you get down to who they are, the ones that are radically changed have rightfully spawned a massive uproar (e.g. Harley Quinn’s stupid forced changes), and even with all of that, it was STILL explicitly called a new universe from the one people know and love from the past.

    Likewise, with Mortal Kombat 9, changes were made to the storyline but it was done by going back to the first few games and then changing timeline events while also explicitly pointing out how things were SUPPOSED to happen in the original timeline.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Gheritt White

    @13: Nice way to pick on the straw man, there.

    The new Tomb Raider isn’t an “in-continuity” reboot like MK9 or the new Star Trek movies. It’s a full-on reboot, like Batman Begins after the abysmal (IMHO!) Batman & Robin, therefore they have full license to interpret the characters and the world as they please. Just because you didn’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s categorically wrong.

    Your argument carries no weight, just like your opinions.

    #14 1 year ago

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