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Tomb Raider Slips Into Next Year

2013 is looking better and better, but will we have any big games left this year?

Last year’s E3 had some impressive titles that got fans excited for the 2012 gaming landscape. Of course, any year in the gaming industry wouldn’t be complete without a few high-profile delays. We already learned a couple weeks ago that BioShock Infinite would be slipping into 2013, and now you can add Tomb Raider to that growing list.

Darrell Gallagher, the head of Crystal Dynamics, made a statement to the Tomb Raider community, and it wasn’t all good news. “Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game,” says Gallagher in the announcement. “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.”

For those not keeping track, this will be the fourth Tomb Raider game made by Crystal Dynamics. The series has had some critical success since the studio took over, but this newest title looks to do something different to the world of Lara Croft. This more realistic take on the franchise hops to humanize the character of Lara, and create a more organic and tense adventure about survival.

It’s a game concept that has Gallagher and the team at Crystal Dynamics very excited. “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,” he continues. “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.”

Let’s hope that there’s some good news coming for this game at E3. And if you’re sad about the delay, Diablo III comes out today, so anything is possible, right?



Esteban Cuevas Staff Alumnus

05/15/2012 at 08:25 AM

I was looking forward to Tomb Raider. Oh well. Better late than never.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

05/15/2012 at 08:59 AM

I'm super excited for this one, but I want them to get it right. I thought Underworld was great, but critics didn't seem to love it as much as I did. I want CD to hit this one out of the park, so I can wait.

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