The upcoming Tomb Raider reboot from Crystal Dynamics – one of the Train2Game blogs most anticipated games of the year – was necessary to push the iconic franchise further.
That’s what Studio Head Darrell Gallagher told Edge Magazine in the latest issue.
As reported by the Train2Game blog, the Tomb Raider reboot was revealed last year and it’ll see a young Lara Croft stranded on an island and fighting for survival. The news of a Tomb Raider led to plenty of excitement on the Train2Game forum.
“A reboot for us felt like the necessary thing to do,” Gallagher told Edge “Lara had hit her apex in how she was before, and we didn’t really feel we could take that any farther. It was a chance to look at everything again, bring new people in who had been interested in the franchise before but didn’t feel like Lara was modern enough.”
“We left no stones unturned as we were going through the concept, and then kept the right stones. The crucial thing is that it feels like her, even though it’s completely different.”
Crystal Dynamics also revealed that the reboot is as important for the studio as it is for Tomb Raider itself.
“The Trilogy games weren’t official reboots for us,” said global brand director Karl Stewart. “They were just Crystal’s interpretations of the game as it was. We see this as a fully fledged reimagining.”
Gallagher agrees and believes the radical departure from the previous Tomb Raider games is a risk worth taking for the series.
“We wanted to take risks. We felt like we’d done some really great games after inheriting Tomb Raider from Core [Design], and one of our goals now was to do something that people didn’t expect, that felt fresh. [The series] is a sacred and fragile thing, but you have to go for it. You’re not going to make it sacred again unless you make that big leap.”
So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot? Are the big changes In Game Design a massive risk? Or do you believe the title is heading in the right direction? And if you could help reboot a series, which one would it be?