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Tomb Raider delayed to 2013

Tomb Raider delayed to 2013

Crystal Dynamics has announced that Tomb Raider won't be released this Fall as it was planned. Square Enix targets now Q1 2013 for the survival adventure of Lara Croft. One new screenshot inside.


A Message to the Tomb Raider Community

When Crystal Dynamics first set out to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, there were two goals that we were extremely passionate about. The first was to create a modern Tomb Raider game that would surprise and excite gamers. The second was to make this the best game of our careers, something we would be really proud to be a part of. We truly believe that we have something very special on our hands and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months, from Fall 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.

We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can't wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.

Darrell Gallagher

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Commented on 2012-05-14 22:27:11
Only one poor screen :(
Commented on 2012-05-14 22:30:34
They just wanna make sure they fully deliver the very highest quality game... but that's not fair .... there is no game as good as tomb raider and all i have to do is waiting ...
Commented on 2012-05-14 22:33:23
Game better be elite
Commented on 2012-05-14 22:51:11
Adventure GOTY.
Commented on 2012-05-14 22:52:57 In reply to nostradamus
Posted by nostradamus
Adventure GOTY.
You are getting better.

:D
Commented on 2012-05-14 22:54:18
This better turn out good. I can't help but think it'll be wasted time tho. Not sure it'll sell well, and delays mean more money pumped into the development, which is potentially more money lost...

Yeah, i'm a glass half empty kind of guy....
Commented on 2012-05-14 23:04:06
Boo, Was really looking forward to this after being disappointed with Uncharted 3.
Commented on 2012-05-14 23:23:00
Can't say I'm in any way surprised.
Commented on 2012-05-15 01:27:07
Not too impressed with the character model. Something to do with the lighting and textures, but the game is far from being done. I am looking forward to this more than Uncharted 3 though for sure. I got that game on day one and still only about 1/4 of the way through. I want so badly to love Uncharted but they just don't hold my interest for some reason. The storytelling is great but I get bored pretty quickly with the gameplay. Tomb Raider got real stale for so many years but this one looks completely different. I think it will be surprisingly good and a bit more realistic.
Commented on 2012-05-15 01:31:42
Its good that they are taking their time. They have my support!
Commented on 2012-05-15 03:25:27
TBH, i was kinda surprised they didn't just say they were waiting on next gen.
Commented on 2012-05-15 03:27:28
Based on how Other M and NG3 turned out I really couldn't care less about this game anymore. Trying to 'humanize' an iconic character is a surefire way to create a shitty interactive movie that takes itself way too seriously.
Commented on 2012-05-15 03:49:25
This is what happens to "arrow in the knee" jokers.
Commented on 2012-05-15 04:19:42
Was really looking forward to this when first announced. Loved the idea of a semi open world, more realistic, survival style tomb raider.

Then when I heard that the game was mostly QTEs and utilized static cameras I completely lost interest. Hopefully they will utilize this time to remove all the cursed QTE's and add some actual gameplay to the mix. I'm still holding out a sliver of hope.....
Commented on 2012-05-15 06:31:42
Since when was it announced that the game is mostly QTEs? I don't remember that. They say the game will have open world exploration with a hand to hand combat system. Lara will also use Bows, guns ect.
Commented on 2012-05-15 06:35:41
I hate it when studios announce games and months later you haven't even seen one single gameplay trailer showing the core features of this game.

Who cares if the game is delayed or not at this point...
Commented on 2012-05-15 07:19:38
Not sure why people are comparing this to Uncharted3. I wonder if the whole game will be in darker settings. Hopefully this E3 they will show something good.
Commented on 2012-05-15 12:09:54 In reply to raina
Posted by raina
Not sure why people are comparing this to Uncharted3. I wonder if the whole game will be in darker settings. Hopefully this E3 they will show something good.
Both 3rd person adventure games? Uncharted was heavily influenced by TR and now it looks as if TR is heavily influenced by Uncharted.
Commented on 2012-05-15 12:48:23 In reply to synce
Posted by synce
Based on how Other M and NG3 turned out I really couldn't care less about this game anymore. Trying to 'humanize' an iconic character is a surefire way to create a shitty interactive movie that takes itself way too seriously.
Ehm, thats silly way of thinking.

Lara Croft is human, she doesnt have powers and can kill hordes of enemies and demons, unlike NG for example.

Besides, just because TN sucks ass for this sort of thing doesnt mean all devs suck at it. I for one look forward to it.
Commented on 2012-05-15 13:02:13 In reply to Xoar
Posted by Xoar
...and now it looks as if TR is heavily influenced by Uncharted.
i can only hope that's the case. problem is, if it's just a clunkier uncharted, it seems kind of pointless. they'd need to match the level of polish of the naughty dog franchise to make it worthwhile for me.
Commented on 2012-05-15 13:29:49 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
i can only hope that's the case. problem is, if it's just a clunkier uncharted, it seems kind of pointless. they'd need to match the level of polish of the naughty dog franchise to make it worthwhile for me.
Hmmm Uncharted 1 & 3 were not exactly polished to the amazing high standard of no.2, i do see where your coming from but surly you must realise that this is multiplatform and expecting the game to be as polished as Sony ND exclusive to one platform is surly asking too much?
Commented on 2012-05-15 13:46:36 In reply to Xoar
Posted by Xoar
Hmmm Uncharted 1 & 3 were not exactly polished to the amazing high standard of no.2, i do see where your coming from but surly you must realise that this is multiplatform and expecting the game to be as polished as Sony ND exclusive to one platform is surly asking too much?
i dont see why it's asking too much, animation is animation, environmental detail is environmental detail. i'm not looking for it to look as good (not many, if any games do), THAT is asking too much, i want to see the same level of polish across all facets of the game. i want lara to move dynamically, smootly, not clunkily like she has in the past. i want the environments to be interesting and detailed, well lit, well textured, not a rush job. i want the characterisation, voice work, story to be great, i want facial animations that dont look like complete ass. these are all things that can work across multi platforms, the question is, are they willing to do so? the delay indicates they are, or that they're strugging? either way, if it's just some uncharted clone, it needs to be a damn good one, or it is automatically relegated to the "pointless" pile imo.
Commented on 2012-05-15 14:13:12
I thiink it's more like "it's not a PS3 exclusive, so i'm gonna hod it to laughably high standards, no mater how good or bad a game it might be" :P

Also delays does not mena the game get's more time to be polished it means that either the developer was very optimistic in their time estimations OR it means they are having problem with something. Extended development time usually means it's more likely to be shit in my book :P

Not saying that has to be the case, just pointing out that delays are usually not for the better.
Commented on 2012-05-15 14:33:29 In reply to Megido
Posted by Megido
I thiink it's more like "it's not a PS3 exclusive, so i'm gonna hod it to laughably high standards, no mater how good or bad a game it might be" :P

Also delays does not mena the game get's more time to be polished it means that either the developer was very optimistic in their time estimations OR it means they are having problem with something. Extended development time usually means it's more likely to be shit in my book :P

Not saying that has to be the case, just pointing out that delays are usually not for the better.
i know, i said that...
Posted by KORNdog
the delay indicates they are, or that they're strugging?
Commented on 2012-05-15 14:56:00
Damn, we'll have to wait until 2013. I suppose it will be a better game though and worth the wait.
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