It’s been almost exactly two years since Rise of the Tomb Raider was released, and we haven’t heard a peep about a new Tomb Raider game since. Therefore, good news came for fans on Thursday when Square Enix announced that it’s working on the franchise’s next entry, and that it will be revealed in 2018.
In a message posted on the official Tomb Raider Twitter account, the publisher confirmed that a new Tomb Raider game is coming, and that the team is taking a “new approach” with how they reveal and market the game to fans.
“Square Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year,” the publisher said. “Honestly, we wish we could share it with you right now, but we’re taking a new approach this time. A new Tomb Raider game is coming. Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won’t be very long between the official reveal and when you can play.”
This should come as good news to fans, as it appears that the game has been in the works for some time. No other details were revealed in the message, other than describing it as “Lara Croft’s defining adventure”.
A Reddit post in 2016 reported a possible leak that the game may be titled Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but this rumor was not confirmed nor denied by Square Enix, who said at the time, “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.”
The initial reveal will occur with a “major event’ in 2018, which could possibly be a traditional event such as E3, or maybe even the release of the Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander, due to hit theatres on March 16. Depending how early it is revealed, we may not only get our first look at the new game next year, but be playing it in 2018, too.
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