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Guest Blog: The Final Voyage – The Fated Journey of the Endurance

In this special guest article by Jaden, writer and admin of The Sudden Stop, we take a look at the renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, whose ill-fated voyage to Antarctica and subsequent shipwreck inspired the narrative of the best-selling 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. The Final Voyage The Fated Journey of the Endurance Written by Jaden For Tomb Raider (2013), Crystal Dynamics took inspiration from myths and historical icons to create a tangible world within a blend of different ... [Continue Reading]

March 30, 2017 // 2 Comments

Talking Treasure Hunting & ‘Tomb Raider’ in VALUE’s ‘Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory’ Live-Stream

Mark your calendars! The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will be taking part in VALUE’s upcoming live-stream event, “Streaming the Past: Fortune & Glory”, which will delve into the topics of treasure hunting and the misrepresentation of archaeology in the Tomb Raider series. The VALUE team and I will be joined by archaeological ethics scholar Meghan Dennis (University of York) for this exciting event and we’re inviting all of you to tune into the live-stream on ... [Continue Reading]

January 19, 2017 // 2 Comments

Rhianna Pratchett Bids a Fond Farewell to the ‘Tomb Raider’ Franchise

In their first major announcement of 2017, Crystal Dynamics announced that Rhianna Pratchett, the lead writer for the best-selling games Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be parting ways with the Tomb Raider franchise to focus on new projects. The team thanked Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on both games and wrote that she was “instrumental in helping [them] find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story” and shaping Lara Croft “into the ... [Continue Reading]

January 4, 2017 // 1 Comment

Lara Croft Fan Builds Model of ‘Tomb Raider 2013’ Mountain Shrine

Long-time visitors to this site will probably be familiar with Tomb Raider fan Jean Michel Thery’s stunning hand-made dioramas. Over the years, he’s made models of Egyptian tombs and Mesoamerican pyramids, created an amazingly detailed diorama of an Angkorian temple similar to those seen in The Last Revelation and the first Tomb Raider film, and won an award for his replica of the “Well of Tears” challenge tomb from Tomb Raider 2013. And now Jean Michel has been kind ... [Continue Reading]

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Narrative Designers Talk Tombs, Tomes, & Treasures

Two narrative designers who worked on Rise of the Tomb Raider recently talked with the guys from Spawn on Me podcast and shared their thoughts on working as writers within the game industry as well as some personal stories about the game’s development process (their segment begins at approximately 00:16:50). John Stafford (Lead Narrative Designer) and Cameron Suey (Narrative Designer) are no strangers to the game industry. As they told the podcast’s presenters, they’ve ... [Continue Reading]

January 9, 2016 // 7 Comments

Unearthing ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Easter Eggs

The Tomb Raider series has always had its fair share of “Easter eggs”, hidden secrets, and amusing references to pop culture icons, and Lara’s latest adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider, is no exception. From references to Lara’s earlier adventures to touching tributes to one of the world’s most-loved fantasy authors, there’s plenty to keep the eagle-eyed fan busy. Here’s my attempt to catalogue some of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s most memorable ... [Continue Reading]

November 26, 2015 // 17 Comments

A Pilgrimage to Himiko’s Tomb

It’s not every day you get the chance to visit Yamatai or take a leisurely stroll around Himiko’s tomb. But one hot (and thankfully not too humid) day in September, my husband and I got the chance to do just that when we took some time off from our regular sightseeing and boarded a train bound for Nara, a former capital city not far from Osaka that’s renowned for its ancient temples, giant Buddha statue, and free-roaming deer. Once there, we transferred onto a smaller ... [Continue Reading]

October 7, 2015 // 6 Comments

Guest Blog: A Survivor Is Born, or How the Tomb Raider Reboot Rebooted My Life (Part 1)

Guest Blog by Rurik. It has been my experience that gamers are regularly type-cast as a sedentary lot who prefer to live out lives full of danger and excitement through the various characters of their games of choice rather than making the more difficult choice to step outside and build an exciting life of their own. Whether or not that remains the entirety of the truth, I do think you would be doing the wonder of existence a disservice to spend every waking moment on your buttocks in front ... [Continue Reading]

August 10, 2015 // 4 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Discover the Legend Within – Thoughts & Screenshots

Crystal Dynamics and Xbox have kicked off what will surely be an exciting month for Tomb Raider fans by releasing a new teaser trailer for Lara’s next adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider. The CGI teaser trailer, dubbed “Discover the Legend Within” sees our heroine relying on her wits, quick reflexes, and trusty climbing axes to traverse and survive the treacherous peaks of Siberia and gives us a sneak preview of what we can expect to see at the Xbox E3 Briefing in 2 ... [Continue Reading]

June 1, 2015 // 6 Comments

15 Awesome Tomb Raider Easter Eggs

One of the greatest pleasures in video gaming is the discovery (intentional or otherwise) of “Easter eggs”, those little jokes, secret levels, or hidden messages that game developers insert in their games for the players’ amusement. With a back catalogue spanning almost two decades and across multiple platforms, the Tomb Raider series has had its fair share of “Easter eggs”, ranging from humourous references to fan community in-jokes to visual gags that may be ... [Continue Reading]

April 13, 2015 // 16 Comments

Tomb Raider 2013 Crosses 8.5 Million Mark, Crystal Dynamics Releases Concept Art

Earlier this month, Crystal Dynamics reported that Tomb Raider 2013 has officially sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide, thereby making it the best-selling title of the series. Although the company has yet to publish a breakdown of sales by platform, it’s safe to say that the game has ended up surpassing Square Enix’s initial sales target and revived interest in the series. To celebrate this major milestone, Crystal Dynamics released some pieces of concept art that had been ... [Continue Reading]

April 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Book of Secrets: What the Mystery Book in Tomb Raider’s Final Scene Spells for the Future of the Series

Ever since eagle-eyed gamers spotted the word “Croatoan” written in the book seen in Tomb Raider 2013’s closing scene, there has been a lot of speculation as to what this may mean for the future of the Tomb Raider series. Were the development team hinting at the storyline or location for the next game, perhaps a mission to find the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Were there any other clues to Lara’s next adventure scribbled across the pages visible in the closing scene? ... [Continue Reading]

March 4, 2015 // 7 Comments

The Tomb Raider Movie Franchise Hits the Reboot Button

Rumours of a new Tomb Raider film have been floating about the Internet ever since the release of the critically-acclaimed Tomb Raider 2013 and there appeared to be some glimmer of hope when GK Films and MGM announced that Marti Noxon, a screenwriter best known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, had been hired to work on the script. Everything was falling into place. Or so we thought. Months went by without an update and Noxon’s reluctance to discuss her involvement in the project ... [Continue Reading]

March 2, 2015 // 13 Comments

Lara Croft & the Quest for Eternal Life

In Game Informer’s latest online feature, Raiders of the Lost City – Lara’s Search for Immortality, we learnt that Lara will be searching for the lost city of Kitezh in her upcoming adventure and that her experiences on Yamatai the previous year have sparked off an almost unhealthy obsession with immortality myths. But what triggered this obsession in Lara? And why did Crystal Dynamics choose to set their latest game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, in Siberia? Here’s an ... [Continue Reading]

February 11, 2015 // 11 Comments

Preview of Rhianna Pratchett’s New Tomb Raider Comic Story Arc

Listed as one of the 15 things Tomb Raider fans can look forward to in 2015, the Tomb Raider comics’ next story arc kicks off on 25th February 2015 and will be written by critically-acclaimed game writer Rhianna Pratchett. Rhianna Pratchett is obviously no stranger to the Tomb Raider franchise. Not only was she the lead writer of Tomb Raider 2013, she also wrote the 6-part omnibus Tomb Raider: The Beginning (which served as a pre-order incentive and prequel to the game) as well as ... [Continue Reading]

February 2, 2015 // 8 Comments