Crystal Dynamics today announced the active development of a new entry in the Tomb Raider series, powered by the recently launched Unreal Engine 5.
During today’s State of the Unreal presentation, Crystal Dynamics announced the active development of a new grave robber game using Unreal Engine 5.
During the Unreal Engine event, Epic revealed the availability of its new engine for all development companies. As part of the announcement, Dallas Dickenson, franchise manager of grave robber at Crystal Dynamics, announced the new active development of the next installment in the series. You can watch the reveal moment below:
“Crystal Dynamics is proud to be part of the launch of UE5,” said Dickenson. “This new engine translates to next-level story and gameplay experiences. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce today that we’ve just started development on our next game Tomb Raider, powered by Unreal Engine 5. .”
While Dickenson didn’t reveal anything else about the game, he did highlight Unreal Engine 5’s ability to create next-level storytelling adventures and an enhanced gaming experience. Dickenson said of the grave robber series, “Our goal is to push the boundaries of fidelity and deliver the high-quality, cinematic action-adventure experience that fans of both Crystal Dynamics and the Tomb Raider franchise deserve.” Since the newest and most popular grave robber focused on Lara Croft’s storytelling than the action-adventure gameplay the series is known for, it’s no surprise that Crystal Dynamics continues to support this form of storytelling in the franchise.
Rumors of a new entry in the grave robber The series first appeared in January 2021, when Crystal Dynamics posted a video on Twitter celebrating 25 years of Tomb Raider. During the video, game director Will Kerslake talked about how he wanted to bridge the gap between classic games and Crystal Dynamics’ latest trilogy. “Our origin trilogy told the story of Lara’s early life where she was forged into a survivor, became a hero, and ultimately, a grave robber,” Kerslake said in the video, “while classic games contained a seasoned and capable adventurer. We envision a future of grave robber set after those established adventures, telling stories that draw on both Core Design and Crystal Dynamics games, working to unify those timelines.
If this new game could pick up some elements of the canceled sequel planned by Square Enix, Tomb Raider: Rise, as some fans might hope, or be a completely original story remains to be seen. In the meantime, fans can look forward to the release of the grave robber rpg tabletop game, Tomb Raiders by Lara Croft.
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