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SCEE Reveals Tomb Raider PS3 Q&A: Searching for Lara Croft

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171w ago - SCEE Content Producer Simon Bramble has revealed a Q&A today for Tomb Raider PS3 dubbed Searching for Lara Croft.

To quote: Lara Croft is returning in a completely new Tomb Raider that takes the series in a grittier new direction.

I recently caught up with Noah Hughes, creative director [Register or Login to view links], to explore this new adventure.

How does it feel to be bringing Lara back in an all-new take on the Tomb Raider series?

Noah Hughes: It's an honor to be able to not only work with Lara Croft and Tomb Raider, but also to be able to reboot the franchise. I've been at developer Crystal Dynamics for a while now, and we've had the pleasure of making a few games starring Lara. We've learned a lot. To be able to distill everything we want to do with the franchise into an entirely fresh take is inspiring.

So it's a totally new direction for the series?

NH: It is. It's a reboot and not directly related to the timeline of Lara as such, but it will touch on familiar elements of her character. You'll see her grow into the hero figure that fans know and love.

Is it going to reference the events of past games at all?

NH: It starts a whole different timeline. There's...
 

Rumor: Leaked Photos Tease Tomb Raider Reboot Multiplatform

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272w ago - An underground agent, reportedly working in conjunction with Four Player Co-Op, snagged some alleged [Register or Login to view links] of concept art and details for a new Tomb Raider game.

To quote: According to the text accompanying the art, Lara's new adventure will be open-world, will feature a reworked combat system and - most importantly - will serve as an origin story for the young heiress.

Anonymity breeds contempt in the gaming news world - however, this report is supported by four pieces of news that have dropped in the past two months:

1. Eidos' president said the next Tomb Raider game will "reinvigorate the franchise."
2. Crystal Dynamics is hiring folks to work on an installment in a "AAA franchise."
3. Toby Gard, the series' creator, is leading a design group for an "unannounced project."
4. Eidos is terrible at keeping its secret games under wraps.
 

Tomb Raider Underworld PS3 Trophies Coming on May 28, 2009

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280w ago - Eidos has announced on their [Register or Login to view links] that an update is coming to Tomb Raider Underworld for the PlayStation 3.

Next Thursday, May 28, the game will be patched to add support for PS3 Trophies.

To quote: "Sorry for the delay and thank you very much to those who were able to wait patiently," said the Eidos rep.

"It's really appreciated and I hope you get some great Raiding out of it."

Tomb Raider Underworld just barely missed the January deadline for mandatory Trophies. Even six months after the release, it's better late than never.

Maybe this will inspire some Trophy hunters to raid some tombs.
 

Japan's Square Enix to Buy 'Tomb Raider' Firm Eidos Interactive

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294w ago - Of all the potential suitors for Eidos Interactive, Japanese RPG power house Square Enix seemed like the definite underdog.

Time Warner already owned a significant number of Eidos shares, and has recently made moves to increase that number. In spite of this, SE went ahead with [Register or Login to view links] to purchase Eidos, in a continued attempt to extend its Western reach.

However, Square Enix agreed to buy the British firm behind titles such as 'Tomb Raider' and 'Championship Manager' for 84.3 million pounds ($120.8 million) to extend its reach in Europe.

To quote: Square Enix also said on Thursday it was postponing the latest sequel of its blockbuster game 'Dragon Quest' by nearly four months and slashed its full-year profit outlook.

Square Enix, which also makes 'Final Fantasy' role-playing games, said it would pay 32 pence a share in cash for Eidos (EIDE.L), which has been hit by weaker-than-expected U.S. sales of 'Tomb Raider: Underworld', its latest game starring scantily-clad swashbuckler Lara Croft.

That is over three times Eidos' closing share price of 9 pence on Jan. 14, the day before the bid approach was announced. The deal turns up the heat on U.S. media giant...
 

Tomb Raider Underworld DLC Dated: February & March 10, 2009

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297w ago - Remember that retail listing for the Tomb Raider Underworld "Expansion Token Pack" with a January 21st ship date?

Well, you can divert your attention until February 10 when "Beneath the Ashes" - the first of two Xbox 360-exclusive DLC episodes - brings six new costumes, 125 additional achievement points, and some "never-before-seen caverns and age old crypts" to Lara's latest.

The second episode - "Lara's Shadow" - follows on March 10 and, we presume, will feature another 125 achievement points.

The press release curiously avoids any mention of price but - seeing as how the email in our inbox reminded us that "the codes to download this content will be available at GameStop" - we're going to assume that despite managing to botch the date, GameStop's got the $10 per episode asking price right. We've asked an Eidos rep just in case.
 
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