The face (and, let’s be honest, boobs) that sold a million Playstations will be undergoing radical reconstructive surgery. Lara Croft–the saucy British archeological adventurer that’s starred in multiple Tomb Raider games–will be getting relaunched in a game that will give her a new origin. Square Enix describes it thusly:
‘After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was travelling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach. On her own but not alone she has only one goal, to survive’
Here begins the first adventure for a young and inexperienced Lara Croft in a story which charts the journey of an ordinary woman who finds out just how far she must go in order to stay alive.
“Forget everything you knew about TOMB RAIDER, we are exploring things that have never been done before in this game,” said Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio, Crystal Dynamics. “This is an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character defining journey like no other.”
The official webpage for the game doesn’t offer up (full details are in the latest issue of Game Informer Magazine) much but she appears to be holding a bow. Lara’s never used archery during her exploits so that’d be something very different. The shipwreck and the phrase “On her own but not alone” may hint at some “Lost” influence.
The reboot could have implications for the character’s movie future, too. The “Lara Croft” movies that starred Angelina Jolie are the #1 and #5 video game adaptation movies in terms of gross, according to Box Office Mojo. “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” came out in 2001 and rumors of a movie reboot built around Megan Fox or some other brunette starlets have been circulating for years now.
Whether this new iteration of the game franchise is happening in conjunction with a film reboot remains to be seen. Crystal Dynamics delivered a fun, fresh take on the character in “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light” so fans are likely excited to see what this new “Tomb Raider” will look and play like.