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Tomb Raider Tidbit: The Time Lara Croft Almost Visited Mali

In the 2006 game Tomb Raider: Legend, Lara Croft travels across the globe in search of pieces of the mythical Excalibur, visiting such places as a military base in Kazakhstan, the ruins of Tiwanaku in Bolivia, an ancient temple in the Ghanaian rainforest, and an abandoned monastery in Nepal. But did you know that the West African nation of Mali was almost a stop on Lara’s grand tour? Perusing my archive of Legend concept art recently, I spotted two pieces of artwork that seemed to depict a small alley and market place around what appeared to be the Great Mosque of Djenné in central ... [Continue Reading]

August 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Blood Ties’ Croft Manor DLC Makes Debut at Gamescom 2016

Crystal Dynamics treated Tomb Raider fans to their first look at the upcoming ‘Blood Ties’ DLC at Gamescom 2016, which was held in Cologne, Germany, earlier this week. This highly-anticipated story-driven DLC, which will allow gamers to explore a dust-ridden, run-down Croft Manor in search for clues that will legitimize Lara’s claim to the Croft estate, was first announced back in July. This week, Crystal Dynamics released a selection of screenshots over on the official Tomb Raider blog and some lucky convention-goers even got the chance to try out the new DLC for ... [Continue Reading]

August 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider: The Official Art Book

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft explores a hidden oasis in Syria and a centuries-old settlement in Siberia in her quest to uncover the lost city of Kitezh and the secrets that lie within. Along the way, you. the gamer, will come across countless Byzantine murals, awe-inspiring ruins, and a wealth of ancient artefacts, not to mention wild animals, mercenary soldiers, and troubled villagers. And if you’d like to take a closer look at the characters and locations that appear in the game, Titan Books’ art book may be the book for you. Rise of the Tomb Raider: The Official Art ... [Continue Reading]

August 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Landing on PS4 This October

If you’ve been wondering when Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released for the PS4, wonder no more! Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have confirmed that the game *will* be coming to the PS4 and that it’ll be released worldwide on October 11, 2016, as part of their ongoing #TombRaider20 celebrations. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will not just include the game and all existing DLC; it’ll also include a co-op expansion for Endurance Mode as well as a brand-new story-based DLC, “Blood Ties”. “Blood Ties” will allow players to explore Croft ... [Continue Reading]

July 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

What We Know About the New ‘Tomb Raider’ Film So Far

It feels like a project that’s been years (dare I say “too many years”) in the making but the long-awaited reboot of the Tomb Raider movie franchise is finally picking up steam! Back in April, we learnt that Swedish actress Alicia Vikander won the coveted lead role and now it seems we have a release date for the as-yet untitled film: March 16, 2018. Further details about the cast and synopsis will be no doubt surface as the film nears completion but here’s what we know about the film so far: MGM & Warner Bros are co-producing the film with Graham King serving as ... [Continue Reading]

July 10, 2016 // 6 Comments

Square Enix Presents the Top Tombs of Tomb Raider

Another E3 has come and gone and while we’re still waiting for news of a PS4 release for Rise of the Tomb Raider, we got a little sneak peek of the upcoming commemorative book, 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future, and learnt that a new series of statues has been commissioned to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. The Crystal Dynamics crew also took part in a number of live events throughout the week, most notably the Square Enix Presents show, #TombRaider20: Top Tombs, in which Tomb Raider fans Raymond Croft and Jade Jolie joined Senior ... [Continue Reading]

June 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

8 Things I Missed While on Hiatus

As you probably know by now, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has just returned from a 3-month hiatus. Granted, I didn’t physically go anywhere but I gave myself a much-needed break from monitoring and relaying Tomb Raider franchise news to my readers and social media followers. Time and tide wait for no Croft and, as a result, I’m now feeling a little out of the proverbial loop… So what did I miss during the site’s downtime? Oscar-Winning Actress Lands Role as the New (Movie) Lara Croft The new Tomb Raider film finally has its Lara Croft! And, no, it’s ... [Continue Reading]

June 8, 2016 // 5 Comments

Let’s Get This Show Back On The Road…

There are times in life when you need to know when to step back, take a deep breath, and focus your thoughts before continuing on your merry way. Nearly three months ago, I took the decision to put The Archaeology of Tomb Raider on hiatus. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. I’d invested countless hours in running the site and its various social media accounts and I felt that closing down the site (even temporarily) to avoid dealing with the less pleasant aspects of fandom would be akin to throwing the baby out with the slightly toxic bathwater. A break was desperately needed but ... [Continue Reading]

June 2, 2016 // 12 Comments

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider is Taking an Indefinite Hiatus

The Archaeology of Tomb Raider is back from its hiatus. Read more about it over here! Visitors to this site may have noticed the lack of new updates in recent weeks, so I thought now was as good a time as any to let you know that The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will be taking an indefinite hiatus. While no particular person or event is to blame, it’s time for me to move onto new projects and continue sharing my love for the Tomb Raider franchise as a mere fan rather than as the admin of an official fan site. I’m extremely grateful to Crystal Dynamics, especially Meagan Marie and ... [Continue Reading]

March 15, 2016 // 12 Comments

Arte-Factual: Mongolian Tug (Rise of the Tomb Raider)

Spoiler warning: This article does not contain any plot or location spoilers for Rise of the Tomb Raider. However, I leave it entirely up to the reader to decide whether they wish to continue scrolling down or not… In her quest to find Kitezh in the frozen hinterlands of Siberia, Lara Croft stumbles upon the remains of the ancient armies and intrepid explorers who have tried (and failed) to conquer this once-glorious and remote city. One of the artefacts Lara discovers throughout the course of the game is a battle-damaged Mongolian tug, a relic of a failed Mongol invasion in the ... [Continue Reading]

February 7, 2016 // 2 Comments

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