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No New ‘Tomb Raider’ Content at E3 2017?

Tomb Raider fans expecting to see a preview of Lara Croft’s next adventure at E3 2017 may be in for a disappointment. According to Crystal Dynamics Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie, this “will be a quiet E3 for Lara, but we’re looking forward to catching up on her new adventure later this year”. It’s unclear if this means there’ll be absolutely no new content on show at E3 (perhaps we’ll get a title and/or release date), but all I can say ... [Continue Reading]

April 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Gods & Monsters: The Naga

One of the things I’ve always found intriguing about the Tomb Raider series is how often the game writers, developers, and artists draw on real-world mythology and folklore for inspiration when they’re designing ancient environments for Lara Croft to explore…and the exotic creatures that populate them. In previous installments of my Gods & Monsters series, I looked at how Crystal Dynamics masterfully reimagined the ancient Egyptian snake demon Apep and the ... [Continue Reading]

January 25, 2017 // 4 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

Crystal Dynamics Releases New Screenshots, Trophy List For ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’

With less than a week to go before Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is out for the PS4, Crystal Dynamics has released a bunch of new screenshots from the game as well as a comprehensive list of all the trophies up for grabs. The new screenshots give us a good idea of how visually stunning the long-awaited PS4 edition promises to be when the game hits the shelves on October 11, 2016. Eagle-eyed gamers will no doubt have noticed that Ms Croft is wearing the new orange winter gear ... [Continue Reading]

October 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

’20 Years of Tomb Raider’ Book Due Out in Late October 2016

As part of their year-long celebration of the Tomb Raider franchise, Crystal Dynamics and Prima Games will be publishing a special commemorative book this October titled 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Digging Up the Past, Defining the Future. Due out on October 25, 2016, and written by Crystal Dynamics’ own Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie, this 360-page hardcover book will explore the ground-breaking and diverse history of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise and discuss their impact ... [Continue Reading]

September 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

‘Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever’ Set For September 2016 Release

Remember how we were going to get a new novel, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever, last November? And how it was pushed back to January 2016? And how things went a little quiet after that? Well, it appears that fans’ patience will soon be rewarded as Dan Abnett’s novel will finally be released on September 13, 2016. Some fans will already be familiar with Abnett’s work; he previously worked on the Tomb Raider novel, The Ten Thousand Immortals, which was released back ... [Continue Reading]

August 26, 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 ... [Continue Reading]

June 8, 2016 // 5 Comments

E3 Community Interview with Creative Director Noah Hughes

E3 has been a somewhat hectic time for the Crystal Dynamics team but Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Creative Director Noah Hughes managed to find some time in his busy schedule to take part in a community Q&A session with the E3 Ambassadors earlier this week. You can find a transcript of the Q&A session below courtesy of Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie. Find out what Noah had to say about Lara’s character development, TressFX, gameplay features, and in-game mythology. Can ... [Continue Reading]

June 19, 2015 // 4 Comments

Crystal Dynamics Launches Revamped Website

E3 2015 is now just a few days away and the Crystal Dynamics team have chosen to celebrate the occasion by launching their newly-revamped studio website and company branding. The dark, weathered wood and metal textures are perfectly in tune with the gritty reinvention of the Tomb Raider franchise, though, thankfully they spared us the pools of blood and detached limbs of the reboot… Site navigation is a breeze. Fans of the Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain games can learn more about ... [Continue Reading]

June 13, 2015 // 5 Comments

Rise of the Tomb Raider Concept Art – Pre-E3 Collection

E3 2015 is just around the corner and with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider creeping ever closer, it’s only a matter of time before we’re treated to some new gameplay footage, screenshots, and possibly even a new trailer. June is going to be an exciting month to be a Tomb Raider fan. For now, here’s a collection of all the Rise concept art that Crystal Dynamics has released to date. If you’re looking for screenshots, click here. Concept Art – Game Informer ... [Continue Reading]

May 16, 2015 // 4 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 February 2015 Tomb Raider Developer Q&A Session

The official Tomb Raider forums have hosted monthly Q&A sessions with the Tomb Raider development team over the past couple of years and this month’s session has shed some light on Crystal Dynamics’ decision to set their upcoming game (or at least part of it) in Siberia as well as highlighted Lara’s capabilities as an explorer, academic…and linguist. Here’s an excerpt from the February 2015 Q&A session with Creative Director Noah Hughes: Q: The legend of ... [Continue Reading]

February 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Meet the Main Characters of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris!

As the release date of the much-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris edges ever closer, Crystal Dynamics have finally released some more background information on the game’s main characters. While we’re all very familar with Ms Croft (who seems to be in her early 30s in this incarnation), the game’s other three main characters have been a bit of a mystery thus far. So here’s an introduction to the Temple of Osiris’ four playable characters! LARA ... [Continue Reading]

September 17, 2014 // 5 Comments

Croft (2013)

Most of you have probably heard about this by now but for those of you who haven’t, a brand new Tomb Raider fan film was released online during the Christmas holidays and it’s already made quite an impression both online and off. Croft is a non-profit short film that was inspired by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 Tomb Raider reboot and was produced by a team of independent filmmakers and actors as a way to showcase their talents. This 20-minute film follows the ... [Continue Reading]

December 28, 2013 // 11 Comments

The 10 Coldest Places in Tomb Raider

Winter is coming (at least here in the northern hemisphere). The days are getting shorter, there’s an icy chill in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner… So wrap up warm, grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage and check out this list of the 10 coldest places Lara Croft has visited over the years! Here they are in no particular order: 1) The Peruvian Andes (Tomb Raider 1 & Anniversary) One of my earliest memories of Tomb Raider is of our beloved protagonist and her ... [Continue Reading]

December 6, 2013 // 9 Comments