Back in March, Square Enix announced that a new Tomb Raider adventure is coming this year and promised to have a proper reveal for the game in April. And right on schedule, the publisher pushed out a cinematic trailer today - a more fleshed out version of the original teaser - as well as more details on the title.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider will serve as Lara Croft's origin story trilogy finale, which began back in 2013, and has the heroine trying to save the world from the Mayan apocalypse. The third installment is being developed by Eidos-Montreal, known for its work on the Deus Ex series, but the previous Tomb Raider games developer Crystal Dynamics is also collaborating on the project.
Voiced once again by Camilla Luddington, Lara Croft's return is described in the announcement as follows:
In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.
Adding to that, Eidos-Montreal studio head David Anfossi said:
“Shadow of the Tomb Raider will challenge Lara Croft in new and unexpected ways. Our team has created a diverse set of skills, combat techniques and equipment for players to master, and they’ll certainly need them if they hope to survive the deadly jungle environments and tombs.”
Unlike Rise of the Tomb Raider, the upcoming game won't have any timed platform exclusivity periods, with the title releasing simultaneously on the Xbox One family of consoles, PC, and PlayStation 4 on September 14, 2018.
Also, those who pre-order any of the game's special editions will get to jump in and play the game 48 hours earlier than everyone else. This promotion extends to the Digital Deluxe, Croft, and Ultimate editions.