New Tomb Raider Game Drops Tomb Raider Name

Square Enix announced today that developer Crystal Dynamics is at work on a new Tomb Raider game. Except, this one isn't called Tomb Raider, the famous words nowhere to be found in the game's title.

Instead, the game is called "Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light". Strange to forgo such a recognised brand, but then, it's a downloadable game, not a full retail title. And in the words of Crystal Dynamic's Darrell Gallagher, it's "something completely new and very different to what people might be expecting". Add in the fact the name isn't as relevant as it once was, and maybe dropping the "Tomb Raider" thing isn't the worst idea of the week.

It'll be out later this year, and there's no other information at this stage, with the game due to be shown off for the first time at GDC next week.


    It sure is a recognised brand, but not for the right reasons, when was the last time a tomb raider game was met with critical acclaim and serious sales?, the PS1 days by my count. The fact is that the stink of the tomb raider series needs to be washed off as soon as possible because you just know they are going to reboot the whole thing soon enough. Re-name it, re-brand it, re-package it and get in on some of that uncharted 2 action. That’s the only way I can see the Tomb raider series surviving.

      I'll tell you the problem with Tomb Raider that you're seeing here: it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility... for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're gonna sell it you're gonna SELL IT!

        You watch too much Jurassic Park movies. That's a quote you sold this off. Idiot. This game is so disappointing! Now it's like a MMO game. I want the Tomb Raider we had before. Underworld was awesome and they give us this retarded crap?! Is it designed by the same developers?

    It could be fairly well argued that Lara Croft is a more famous name than Tomb Raider.

      ..... Lara Croft is Tomb Raider... The possibility of your statement being remotely accurate is 0

      I agree. Lara Croft is equally, if not more recognisable, than 'tomb raider'.

    2D Platforming game most likely...

    But if thats the direction they're gonna head in with the title, then they should actually bury the franchise all together.
    Their is NO WAY that Lara Croft is more known than Tomb Raider. Thats my opinion anyway.

    We'll see how well Square Enix plays their cards with a proper NEW Tomb Raider game.

    This is really shaping up to be a great week for game decision making.

    Hrmm who didn't see this coming? Lara Croft became the household name not Tomb Raider. In both movies, Lara Croft precedes Tomb Raider.

      But how many non-gaming people know the films as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider? I'd guess not many.

    If it's downloadable does that mean it will be available for both the Xbox and the PS3?

    Completely new and different?
    What, Lara Croft Kart Racing?
    I guarantee that it wont be new and different at all. It will be Lara Croft doing what Lara Croft does.

      first tomb raider game since been bought out by the japs, so lara croft with lager breasts, unrealistic breast physics, shorts changed to miniskirt to show off pantsu, hair changed to spiky, health bar replaced with how many chunks of clothes are torn off, all weapons doubled in size to look more cartoony and horrible controls since ive never seen a modern game from japan that actualy had what i would class as an intuitive control scheme (im expecting the game to pause whenever you near a ledge to ask what kind of jump you want to do)

    Kotaku, a little mistake you have made. It has dropped the Tomb Raider name because it is stand alone from the series. They are apparently keeping the Tomb Raider name for the next games but because this is stand alone they have called it Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

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