If you can’t get enough of the bipolar rendition of Lara Croft, Square Enix has some more in store for you with what will hopefully be the conclusion to the Tomb Raider origin story trilogy when Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches on September 14th for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
The game has long been rumored to be in development for the last couple of years since the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider – a game that had a very obvious cliffhanger ending so that it could set itself up for a third outing. Well, Square officially announced the new third-person action adventure game with a teaser trailer that announces that on April 27th the full reveal will take place. A countdown timer over on the official website reveals that a teaser and that an interactive puzzle will go live on Monday starting March 19th at 9:00am Pacific Standard Time.
The 23 second teaser trailer doesn’t really show anything other than that it looks like Lara is in South America, checking out tropical jungles, exploring ancient pyramids, and spelunking through cave systems where special structures are located.
We don’t get to see any gameplay, just a few cinematic sequences and that Lara is back with her bow and arrow. They really seem to be adverse to having her don her traditional twin pistols.
Anyway, she’s also still equipped with her pick-axe, and the typical roughshod adventuring that has defined the first two games seems to be making an appearance in the third game, where Lara is likely to finally be rid of the Trinity organization.
The first two titles spent an inordinate amount of time setting Lara up as the daddy-issues young woman who hated violence but would later develop a blood lust. She’s the complete opposite of how the traditional Lara Croft was portrayed in all of the earlier games.
People keep saying that everyone needs to wait and that eventually classic Lara will emerge, but if it takes three games to finally solidify the integrity of a character’s portrayal, then something has gone horribly wrong.
Anyway, we’ll find out how well this origin story trilogy wraps up when Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches during the middle of September.
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