Video gamed developer/publisher Eidos Interactive Ltd. has confirmed that the title of the next Tomb Raider game will be Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary. A tribute to the impact the character Lara Croft has had on gaming and pop-culture at large over the past ten years, the game is being developed by Crystal Dynamics and will be available in North America in the spring of 2007 for PlayStation 2, PSP and PC.
The first Tomb Raider was released in 1996 and its busty, adventurous heroine quickly became favorite with gamers, helping the title sell more than 7 million units worldwide. “Lara Croft is more than just a video game character,’ says Eidos’ director of marketing Matt Gorman, ‘she is a digital celebrity and icon for the video-game industry, as well as a strong, powerful character that people of all ages connect with.”
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary will employ an enhanced Tomb Raider Legend game engine as Miss Croft sets out in pursuit of a mystical artifact known only as the Scion. The puzzles incorporate environmental interaction and physics-driven solutions, while the level design and flow of gameplay are inspired by the original game.
“We are re-telling an incredible story using today’s technology,’ says Gorman. ‘We’ve taken all of the key moments from the original game and put them into the context of a brand new Tomb Raider adventure.”