Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on PC will make use of Steam's DRM in order to "prevent piracy", according to Crystal Dynamics' Karl Stewart.
Speaking with CVG, Stewart said that along with Steam, other distribution channels were also being considered.
"We've gone down the road of implementing Steam DRM where we've committed to the US being an exclusive and we're going to make a decision as to whether or not we'll use different distribution channels," he said.
"Tomb Raider's got a huge following, when you look at Tomb Raider games in the past and how many times they've been pirated. I go on some BitTorrent sites and within the first 48 hours there's like four hundred thousand downloads, it's crazy.
"Given that Tomb Raider has traditionally been a single player game we have the risk of people saying, 'I never really wanted to play the online mode, I just want to play as a single player' You don't have to do the leader boards, you don't have to go online. We had to mitigate those risks by doing things like DRM."
Game's out this summer.