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krishki
04-13-2005, 04:26 AM
EIDOS UNVEILS FIRST DETAILS OF LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND

http://www.tombraider.com/

World's Best-Known Digital Entertainment Icon Gets Fresh Start From New Team, New Look, New Adventure

Tomb Raider: Legend is slated for release on the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, PC and the Xbox(r) video game system from Microsoft. More details will be revealed on www.tombraider.com (http://www.tombraider.com/) beginning April 12.


Eidos (NASDAQ: EIDSY), one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today reveals the first details, including title, in-game character model and brand direction, of the next adventure for video gaming's leading lady. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is grounded in Lara Croft's tomb raiding roots and built to challenge even the most accomplished serial adventurer.
"In setting the stage for the Tomb Raider franchise moving forward, we took ourselves back to Lara's origins, asked ourselves the hard questions and challenged ourselves to think differently," said Chip Blundell, vice president of brand marketing, Eidos Inc. "Who is Lara Croft? What makes her tick? How is she relevant today? Only by answering these questions could we ensure that gamers get the experience they deserve with the character they love."

Eighteen months ago, Tomb Raider team members at Crystal Dynamics embarked on their own quest to rediscover Lara Croft. During their soul-searching mission, they unearthed past consumer surveys, conducted new research, re-read every game review, listened to lots of passionate pleas and opinions from gamers and re-played through every Tomb Raider product. From this introspection and open-minded search for a fresh perspective, Tomb Raider: Legend was born.

As a result, Eidos is evolving the brand while building on the original values of compelling character and suspense-filled adventure gameplay. Crystal Dynamics has brought together the biggest and most diverse development team in Tomb Raider history and recruited Lara Croft's original creator Toby Gard as the lead character designer.

"Even before the first title launched, Lara Croft had to fight her way into the Tomb Raider franchise, since at the time most game characters were muscle-bound blokes," said Gard. "The Lara Croft character is resilient and totally unstoppable. In Tomb Raider: Legend, we explore these core personality traits and reveal the Lara Croft gamers have been waiting to see."

Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and communications equipment, allows gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before.

Eidos and Crystal Dynamics shaped Lara's look and movements to be an inherent extension of her skills, motivation and personality. Lara's character model features natural structure, realistic textures, detailed facial features, reactive eyes and fluid motion, all of which make her part of a living environment.

New character animations and controls allow her to move through stunning environments with grace and precision, while an understanding of the game's original appeal reinvigorates the fundamental explore-and-solve adventure experience.

durbdk
04-13-2005, 10:33 AM
Don't see why they bother with this, I won't buy it, not unless they figure out some new way to do the gameplay. Rehashing old ideas with a shiny new graphic design isn't conducive to good gaming, in my opinion. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe it'll be great...we'll see.

Wonder how long it'll take for some high schooler to make a nude skin for it..:argh:

JoeBananas
04-13-2005, 10:43 AM
I'm more interested in this one with Toby Gard back on board - more tombs less tits seems to be the motto for this game. Fingers crossed it'll be a good'un

Sil3
04-13-2005, 11:58 AM
Another Lara Croft game?? OMG someday they will make movies too...oh wait they already did... jk aside, will TR become "Friday the 13" of games? Sequels and more sequels...

JoeBananas
04-13-2005, 12:11 PM
I think you can blame lazy Edios management for that - they tried to do the same with campionship manager as well. They never seemed to quite get the market, for example - rather than go for a large payment upfront for the movies they decieded to opt for a large cut of the tomb raider toy sales - starwars it aint :rolleyes:

Don Kayote
04-13-2005, 12:25 PM
YAY! Tomb Raider is Back! :applause:

TR 1 - Awesome
TR 2 - Great! My top 10 list of favourite games
TR 3 - Fun but disappointed for the lack of inovation.
TR 4 - Disappointment disappeared!
TR 5 - This must be a bad joke. The last level was great fun thoe
TR 6 - I must lift things to be stronger?! O_o? And the Ai is as smart as Britney Spears!

TR 7 - Please don't suck :thumbsup:

Pufferfish
04-13-2005, 12:31 PM
...will TR become "Friday the 13" of games? Sequels and more sequels...

If the rumour about Tarantino and Friday the 13 sequel is true, then I hope TR will become like that :D

Seriously, Tomb Rider 1 was great fun... rest is mostly sad tries. Even though some of the sequels had their moments. The latest one (pc version) I tried 5 minutes and uninstalled it. Hopefully this will turn out good.

eMPeck
04-13-2005, 12:40 PM
The new Tomb Raider is developed by Crystal Dynamics. They did four parts of Legacy of Kain series, and each of them was awesome. This is what Eidos should do long time ago. Give this title to new (good) developer.

And I have to agree with Don Kayote - first, second and fourth part were very good games. Next one will be great too. Crystal Dynamics will make TR shine again :thumbsup:

poly-phobic
04-13-2005, 02:11 PM
YAY! Tomb Raider is Back! :applause:

TR 1 - Awesome
TR 2 - Great! My top 10 list of favourite games
TR 3 - Fun but disappointed for the lack of inovation.
TR 4 - Disappointment disappeared!
TR 5 - This must be a bad joke. The last level was great fun thoe
TR 6 - I must lift things to be stronger?! O_o? And the Ai is as smart as Britney Spears!

TR 7 - Please don't suck :thumbsup:
i stoppoed playing tomb raider after the first level in tomb raider 1's demo that came with PSM magazine after i got carpal tunnel syndrome from the controls.


these publishers never stop until they've milked the last drops out of a series's tits...
we all know it will suck, lets not continue discussing the possibilities.

Aardbei
04-13-2005, 02:30 PM
I like the new look of Lara's boobs ;) ..

I'd say: bring it on! I've got lots of faith that Crystal Dynamics will make this edition of TR the greatest yet (especially after seeing what they've done for the Legacy of Kain series).

PhilOsirus
04-13-2005, 03:59 PM
Well this looks better than the previous installments, now it's all up to the gameplay.

gonemad
04-13-2005, 09:09 PM
I've never really got into the series, but the screen shots look pretty good. If the gameplay is up to par then I'll probably give it a shot.

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