I can't tell if this video is fetishising Lara Croft or the technology used to create Lara Croft, but this look at creating a 'next-gen' Lara Croft for the upcoming Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is kinda strange and almost feels like a parody! But at the same time, it's also sort of interesting, showing off all the improvements made.
But I dunno, sometimes I just feel like this technology is being used to diminishing effect. This video actually spends sixty seconds explaining how the team made a physics simulation that allowed Lara's arrows to jostle in its quiver. I would literally never, ever notice that unless it was pointed out to me in this video and, quite frankly, it's a tiny unimportant detail.
It makes me wonder about next-gen in general. Is this how the extra horsepower is going to be utilised by developers? Is this the future? Strand by strand hair technology and arrows jostling in quivers? I realise that — in context — this is just an upgrade to an existing game, it's not as if they could have changed much except the visuals, but I just hope this isn't where developers are at with new technology. I want technology to help facilitate new experiences. That's what I'm hoping to see.